Dear Evan Hansen will celebrate its final London performance at the Noël Coward Theatre on 22 October 2022, three years after its West End premiere.
The cast, who will continue to the end of the run, comprises Sam Tutty in the lead role of Evan Hansen, which won him the 2020 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Lucy Anderson (Zoe Murphy, in her Olivier-nominated performance), Doug Colling (Connor Murphy), Iona Fraser (Alana Beck), Marcus Harman (who plays Evan Hansen at certain performances), Jack Loxton (Jared Kleinman, in his Olivier-nominated performance), Rebecca McKinnis (Heidi Hansen), Lauren Ward (Cynthia Murphy, in her Olivier-nominated performance) and Rupert Young (Larry Murphy, in his Olivier-nominated performance). Completing the Company are Tricia Adele-Turner, Haydn Cox, Kristen Gaetz, Ellis Kirk, Hannah Lindsey, Samantha Mbolekwa, Mark Peachey, Hannah Qureshi, James Winter and Mitchell Zhangazha.
Dear Evan Hansen tells the story of a socially awkward schoolboy, Evan, whose therapist tells him to write motivational letters to himself starting ‘Dear Evan Hansen…’. But when the school bully Connor Murphy takes one of these letters from him and then commits suicide, his family find the letter in his pocket and assume the two had been close friends. Evan, unsure what to do and finally feeling accepted into a family, goes along with the story and starts a social media campaign in Connor’s honour which goes viral and by that time there is little more he can do than keep up the pretence. It is an emotional story of growing up, grief, loneliness and the longing for acceptance.