The London production of Dear Evan Hansen will reopen at the Noël Coward Theatre on 26 October 2021. The West End show opened in November 2019 before closing down in March 2020 due to Coronavirus.
Sam Tutty returns to the role that won him the 2020 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He will be joined by returning cast members Lucy Anderson (Zoe Murphy), Doug Colling (Connor Murphy) and Marcus Harman (who will play Evan Hansen at certain performances), Jack Loxton (Jared Kleinman), Rebecca McKinnis (Heidi Hansen), Lauren Ward (Cynthia Murphy) and Rupert Young (Larry Murphy). Iona Fraser takes on the role of (Alana Beck). Completing the Company are Tricia Adele-Turner, Haydn Cox, Hannah Lindsey, Mark Peachey and James Winter with new cast members Ellis Kirk, Samantha Mbolekwa, Hannah Qureshi 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.