Dear Evan Hansen to stay closed in West End until 2021
The West End production of Dear Evan Hansen won’t reopen until 2021, it’s been announced.
Dear Evan Hansen opened in London at the Noël Coward Theatre in November last year.
Performances were paused in March when the UK went into lockdown due to the ongoing pandemic.
While some restrictions have started to lift, producers say the show will not be reopening until 2021.
In as statement, they explained (via What’s On Stage): “Due to the continued uncertainty around timings for a safe return for theatre productions, the producers of Dear Evan Hansen have had to make the very difficult decision to delay the recommencement of performances at the Noël Coward Theatre.
“Return dates for the production will be planned for as early as practical next year (2021) taking into consideration further advice and guidance from the Government including social distancing measures.
“Patrons will be contacted over the coming weeks with credit vouchers (valid until 31 December 2022) to redeem at their leisure and to use as soon as booking re-opens. Alternatively patrons are entitled to a full refund. Full details can be found at dearevanhansen.com/london.”
With a score written by Dogfight and The Greatest Showman songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a book by Steven Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen proved a huge hit on Broadway where it won six Tony Awards.
It tells the story of socially awkward teenager Evan. In his last year of high school and with only one person he considers a friend, an assignment from his therapist leads to a misunderstanding that casts him in the centre of a tragedy.
The current London cast is led by newcomer Sam Tutty in the title role with Rebecca McKinnis playing Evan’s mum Heidi, Lucy Anderson as Zoe Murphy, Doug Colling as Connor Murphy, Lauren Ward as Cynthia Murphy and Rupert Young as Larry Murphy.
Jack Loxton plays Jared with Nicole Raquel Dennis as Alana. Marcus Harman plays alternate Evan in certain performances.