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Come From Away - casting announced

Come From Away West End cast on the roof of Canada House. Photo credit: Helen Maybanks.

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for Come From Away, the Tony Award-winning musical which receives its long-awaited UK premiere at the Phoenix Theatre next year with performances from January 30, 2019, and a pre-West End engagement at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin from December 6, 2018 to January 19, 2019.

The line up includes Jenna Boyd (as Beulah and others), Nathanael Campbell (Bob and others), Clive Carter (Claude and others), Mary Doherty (Bonnie and others), Robert Hands (Nick, Doug and others), Helen Hobson (Diane and others), Jonathan Andrew Hume (Kevin J, Ali and others), Harry Morrison (Oz and others), Emma Salvo (Janice and others), David Shannon (Kevin T, Garth and others), Cat Simmons (Hannah and others) and Rachel Tucker (Beverley, Annette and others).

They are joined by Mark Dugdale, Bob Harms, Kiara Jay, Kirsty Malpass, Tania Mathurin, Alexander McMorran, Brandon Lee Sears and Jennifer Tierney.

Described as a joyous new musical, Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded air passengers during the wake of 9/11, and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed, and nerves ran high, but as uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Earning widespread critical and audience acclaim, the multi award-winning musical continues sold-out, record-breaking engagements on Broadway, and in Canada, with a 60-city North American Tour recently launched in Seattle, an Australian production confirmed for summer 2019, and a feature film adaptation in the works.

Jenna Boyd’s previous theatre credits include Love on the Links (Salisbury Playhouse), The Wind in the Willows (UK Tour/London Palladium), Oliver! and Simply Cinderella (Leicester Curve), How To Suceed In Business Without Really Trying (Royal Festival Hall), I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium), The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre), Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre) and Acorn Antiques (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

Nathanael Campbell most recently appeared in Guys & Dolls (Manchester Royal Exchange). His previous theatre credits include Sunny Afternoon (UK Tour), All That Lives (Ovalhouse), Back to the Future (Secret Cinema) and Macbeth (S4K National and International Tour).

Clive Carter’s stage credits include King The Musical: In Concert (Hackney Empire), Oklahoma! (Royal Albert Hall/BBC Proms), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Wicked (Apollo Victoria), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre), My Fair Lady (International Tour/Larnaca Festival and Sheffield Crucible), Take Flight (Menier Chocolate Factory), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre) and The Rat Pack (UK Tour).

Mary Doherty’s stage credits include Henry VI, All’s Well That Ends Well and Henry VIII (Shakespeare’s Globe), Anne Boleyn (English Touring Theatre/Shakespeare’s Globe), Two Cities (Salisbury Playhouse), Inherit The Wind (The Old Vic), Our House (Cambridge Theatre), Grease (UK Tour), Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Avenue Q (Noël Coward Theatre).

Robert Hands’ stage credits include the original West End cast of Spamalot (Palace Theatre), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (The Old Vic), The Woman in Black (Fortune Theatre), Troilus and Cressida (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre) and The Schumann Plan (Hampstead Theatre). He was also a member of the all-male Shakespeare company, Propeller. His screen credits include Doctor Who, The House of Eliott, Anna and the King and Shine.

Helen Hobson’s credits include Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre, Prince of Wales Theatre and UK Tour), Only The Brave (Wales Millenium Centre), Sunny Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre), The Sound of Music (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Human Comedy (Young Vic) and Blood Brothers (Phoenix Theatre).

Jonathan Andrew Hume’s stage credits include Disney’s The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour) and Alice in Winterland (Rose Theatre Kingston). His screen work includes EastEnders, Hope and Glory and the forthcoming movie Mary Poppins Returns.

Harry Morrison’s stage credits include Half a Sixpence (Chichester Festival Theatre and Nöel Coward Theatre), Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory), Guys and Dolls and Kiss Me, Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre), Crazy For You (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre/Novello Theatre) and The Sound of Music (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Emma Salvo’s stage credits include The Toxic Avenger (Arts Theatre), Sincerely, Mister Toad (UK Tour), Grease (Royal Caribbean) and Sleeping Beauty (Mercury Theatre).

David Shannon’s stage credits include Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre) and Matilda (Cambridge Theatre). He was Olivier-nominated for originating the role of John in The Beautiful Game (Cambridge Theatre). In Dublin, his stage credits include Romeo & Juliet and The Threepenny Opera (Gate Theatre) as well as By The Bog of Cats (Abbey Theatre). His screen credits include Vikings, Noah and 5 to 7.

Cat Simmons is known to television audiences as DC Kezia Walker in longrunning ITV series The Bill. Her stage credits include Nancy in Oliver! (UK Tour), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour), Simply Heavenly (Young Vic) and Ché Walker and Arthur Darvill’s musical premiere of Been So Long (Young Vic). Further screen credits include Life & Lyrics, No Angels and Casualty.

Rachel Tucker’s stage credits include Communicating Doors (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Last Ship (Neil Simon Theatre, New York), Farragut North (Southwark Playhouse), Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre, London and Gershwin Theatre, New York), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre) and The Wizard of Oz (Belfast Lyric Theatre). She has toured venues in the UK and US with her own live performances and has released two solo albums. Television credits include the BBC series I’d Do Anything.

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Image: Come From Away West End cast on the roof of Canada House. Photo credit: Helen Maybanks.