Dear Evan Hansen star Rebecca McKinnis joins new British musical St. Anne Comes Home

New British Musical St. Anne Comes Home by Jack Miles announces its cast and creative team for its outdoor, socially distanced performances at St Paul’s Church Courtyard, Covent Garden Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th August 2:30PM & 6:00PM.

It was announced today that Jordan Castle (The Light in the Piazza) will play James, Rebecca McKinnis (Dear Evan Hansen) will play Bridget, and Mathew Craig (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4) will play Russell. Directed by Martha Geelan (Associate Director for Fiddler on the Roof, West End) with Musical Supervision from Joe Beighton (SIX the Musical), St. Anne Comes Home is part of Iris Theatre’s Summer Festival.

The new folk musical takes place on 29th & 30th August for four performances. All performances in the festival will follow social distancing measures including 2 metre spacing between benches, all audience members will be asked to wear masks, temperature checks on entry and a one way system around the venue.

London can be lonely. But on the steps of St. Anne’s Church two people strike up an unlikely friendship. James has spent years running away from his problems, while Bridget is trapped by hers. Told through original folk music, St. Anne Comes home is a story about community, fear and forgiveness, that explores how reaching out might help us find our way.

St. Anne Comes Home forms part of Iris Theatre’s Summer festival. As theatre begins to emerge after the difficulties of COVID-19, Iris Theatre reaffirms its commitment to support artists across disciplines to create and showcase work in the heart of London’s theatreland. Iris returns with a festival of new work in the beautiful grounds of St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. Other productions include Dear Peter, Words I’ve Said, Fiona & The Fox, and PLATFORM – in the garden.


Social Distancing Guidelines for audiences

All performances will take place with social distance guidelines in place. In brief, here are some of the measures we have taken in accordance with government advice:

● Entrance to the grounds will be via the Bedford St gates only.
● All reservations are per Bubble Bench rather than individual tickets. Each Bubble Bench can accommodate up to two adults.
● Benches in the performance space will be separated by two meters
● Social distancing to be maintained when in queues.
● You will be kindly asked for your temperature to be checked through an infrared thermometer as you arrive to pick up your ticket. If you are over the recommended temperature, or showing Covid symptoms, then you may be asked to leave, with a full refund or ticket voucher offered.
● You have been asked for your details when you purchase your tickets, this is in line with government guidelines to collect data if there is a need to contact people. Upon arrival you may be asked for your personal details, to be kept on record for no more than 21 days.
● To ensure the safety of other audience members and artists, we politely request that you wear a face mask during the event.
● Antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the garden.
● A three metre distance will be in place between artists and the first row of audience for performances that include singing.
● There are no toilets on site and we have a no re-admittance policy. The gates will be locked during performances to prevent non-ticketed members of the public from entering.