Come from Away (West End) London Reviews and Tickets
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful
About the Show
Olivier Award-winning show inspired by the true events which took place following the 9/11 attacks.
Set in the week following the September 11 2001 attacks, 'Come From Away' is inspired by the real-life experiences of the 7,000 airline passengers who were unexpectedly diverted to the isolated town of Gander, Canada. The small Newfoundland community mobilised to welcome and support the 'come from aways' into their lives.
An uplifting musical which celebrates community, kindness and humanity. The musical follows many of the true events which transpired and friendships which were formed at the time.
Tony Award winner and 2019 Olivier Award winner for Best New Musical. Directed by Christopher Ashley ('Memphis', 'Xanadu') and written by the award-winning writing team, Irene Sankoff and David Hein.
At the same time, much as I consider its hour and 40-minute non-stop evocation of that sleepless and rather surreal episode informative, inspiring and even stirring too, there’s a glossiness about it that smooths over the upset of that era-defining world event.
It's a show with an impact that’s difficult to describe: it feels like it creeps up on you unawares, before flooring you with emotion. I was just overwhelmed - and judging by the cheers and tears on the opening night, most of the audience seemed to be, too.
"It is musically vigorous and excellently staged but...I found something bludgeoning about its relentless celebration of civic virtue...The songs, which have a folk-rock feel, are good and Christopher Ashley’s direction and Kelly Devine’s musical staging ingeniously use rearranged chairs to evoke both a suffocating plane cabin and the diverse spaces opened to the visitors...The show could hardly be better done even if, as a work of art, I found it lacking in complexity and argument."
"It’s all totally, soul-feedingly wonderful...It feels so organic that you almost don’t notice how carefully it’s been crafted. Individual stories are woven through rousing, foot-stomping, all-company choruses. Actors swap between playing locals and incomers with a fluidity that shows it’s just chance separating the two...It’s seductive in its resolute unsexiness, and its gentle uncynical warmth spills off the stage, extending a hug to an audience that wouldn’t dream of turning it away."
‘Come from Away’ creates a kind of temporary utopia: a little world where (almost) everyone is forced, by earth-shattering events hundreds of miles away, to come together and build a community based on principles of generosity and care.