Dear Evan Hansen tickets
A heart-wrenching, uplifting musicalFrom the creators of The Greatest Showman and La La Land comes one of the most hotly anticipated new musicals, Dear Evan Hansen. This deeply personal story about social media, mental health and teenage struggles made its UK premier at the Noel Coward Theatre in London in 2019 and has become one of the most important contemporary West End musicals.
Dear Evan Hansen took Broadway by storm when it opened in 2016 and was nominated for nine Tony Awards. It won six, including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score, Best Actor and Best Featured Actress.
The Dear Evan Hansen West End production first opened in November 2019 at the Noel Coward Theatre, receiving widespread critical acclaim. Sam Tutty, who was London’s first Evan Hansen, won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He is one of the youngest actors to win the award, being only 22 at the time.
What is Dear Evan Hansen about?The Dear Evan Hansen musical explores many contemporary and hard-hitting themes such as social anxiety and isolation, mental health, youth suicide and social media. The plot follows the socially awkward Evan Hansen as he struggles with mental illness and a recently broken arm, along with the usual teenage issues of bullying, crushes and loneliness. On advice from his therapist, he starts writing letters to himself with a positive message each day.
When a classmate, Connor, steals one of Evan’s letters and later commits suicide, the boy’s parents find the letter and assume that he and Evan were secretly best friends. Evan lets this lie grow until it spreads around the whole school and eventually, Evan’s false testimonies of his friendship with the deceased boy go viral – bringing Evan popularity like he could never have imagined and even a kiss from his crush. But will Evan truly want to continue with this falsehood and what are the consequences of living in such a lie?
Who wrote Dear Evan Hansen?The music and lyrics for Dear Evan Hansen were written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (known collectively as Pasek and Paul) and the book is by Steven Levenson.
Pasek and Paul have achieved great success as song writers, having written the music for wildly popular musical films The Greatest Showman and La La Land. Their other song writing credits include musical adaptations of James and the Giant Peach, Dogfight and A Christmas Story. Their early musical Edges, which they began writing as undergraduates, gained widespread popularity on social media and has seen productions across the world.
The Dear Evan Hansen London castThe current Dear Evan Hansen West End cast stars Sam Tutty in his Olivier Award-winning performance as Evan Hansen. Principle cast include Lucy Anderson as Zoe Murphy, Rebecca McKinnis as Heidi Hansen, Doug Colling as Connor Murphy, Lauren Ward as Cynthia Murphy, Iona Fraser as Alana Beck and Rupert Young as Larry Murphy.
Marcus Harman is the alternate Evan Hansen as well as understudy Connor Murphy and Jared Kleinman. Tricia Adele-Turner is understudy Heidi Hansen and Cynthia Murphy. Haydn Cox is understudy Connor Murphy and Jared Kleinman.
What songs are in the Dear Evan Hansen musicalKey songs from Dear Evan Hansen include “Waving Through a Window”, “Sincerely, Me”, “Requiem”, “Only Us” and the immensely popular “You Will be Found”, the original Broadway cast recording of which has over 22 million views on the show’s official YouTube channel.
The original Broadway cast recording was released in 2017 and debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200. In 2018 the Dear Evan Hansen Original Cast Recording: Deluxe Album was released. This version featured songs cut from the original album as well as a cover of “Waving Through a Window” by Katy Perry.
Is there a Dear Evan Hansen movie?The Dear Evan Hansen film was released in 2021 and was directed by The Perks of Being a Wallflower director Stephen Chbosky. The film features Broadway’s original Evan Hansen, Ben Platt, in the title role. Platt’s father Marc Platt was one of the producers.
While there was a large degree of excitement amongst fans for a movie adaptation, the film was a commercial and critical disappointment. Many critics felt the stagey aspects of the production did not translate well to film. Some felt that Ben Platt was too old for the role of Evan by the time of filming and others disagreed with the film’s treatment of mental health issues.
While responses to the film are mixed and mostly negative, the stage production remains a powerful commercial and critical force on Broadway, the West End and elsewhere.
Book tickets for Dear Evan HansenExperience a raw, emotional, uplifting and thoroughly contemporary journey with Dear Evan Hansen tickets. This award-winning, acclaimed musical is one of the West End’s most popular shows of the current decade. Book now for an unforgettable night at the Noel Coward Theatre.
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)
Age recommendation: Best for age 12+. Under 4s not permitted. Please be advised that children under the age of 16 may be refused entry if they are not sitting next to an accompanying adult.