‘Come From Away’ to open in its first non-English speaking country

The show will go on tour around China, with its first performances scheduled for the beginning of May. Directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley, the musical tells the amazing true story of over 7,000 people sheltered by a small Canadian community during the September 11th flight attacks. Opening to rave reviews on Broadway, the work has received multiple major awards including four Oliviers, one Tony and three Drama Desks.

One of the most acclaimed shows in the West End is about to pay honour to its title once again – this time taking its adventure to a much further land. For the first time since its world premiere on Broadway, Come From Away will open in its first non-English speaking country, organizing a tour around China set to start in 2020. The production, which will be backed by Junkyard Dog Productions, Rodney Rigby and ACOrange, will begin at the SAIC-Shanghai Culture Square next May, with more cities to be announced in due time.

Written by David Hein and Irene Sankoff and directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley, this innovative new musical tells the amazing real story of more than 7,000 people from over 100 countries whose flights were redirected to Gander (Newfoundland) in the wake of the September 11th attacks. Although this unexpected event doubled the small Canadian town’s population, the community’s reponse would be nothing but great hospitality and generosity, inviting the “come from aways” to their homes and thus inspiring the entire world with their message hope and humanity.

The musical opened on Broadway in 2017 to rave reviews, followed by  a second production in Toronto in 2018 and a North American tour, as well as the 2019 West End production and the Australian version, which opened in Melbourne in July 2019. Among its many awards, the show has won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Christopher Ashley) and three Drama Desk Awards (New York), including Outstanding Musical. The London production has also contributed to its accolades list, adding four Olivier Awards for Best New Musical, Best Theatre Choreographer, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Achievement in Music.

The Chinese tour will have its first performance on May 8th. Tickets are already available and can be purchased on the following link.

By Guillermo Názara

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