Review Round-up: Come from Away, Phoenix Theatre


Phoenix Theatre

Press night: 23 July

Come From Away is back at the Phoenix Theatre after a little time away.

Winner of every major UK award for Best New Musical, Come From Away shares the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world who were grounded in Canada during the wake of 9/11, and the small Newfoundland community that invited these ‘come from aways’ into their lives.

Critic Reviews:

The Telegraph (paywall) 

Some songs stand out from the crowd – not least Alice Fearn’s wistful delivery of Me and the Sky, charting her female pilot character’s exceptional progress through male-dominated ranks; others merge into the Irish-influenced musical flow. It’s much more than the sum of its parts, though, taking us on a journey back in time and yet helping us find our way forward. The standing ovations are fully merited.

 The Times (paywall) 

How to describe this oddly uplifting show? It’s A Wonderful Life meets Passport to Pimlico, perhaps. Cinematic comparisons only go so far, however, because the portrait of a small Newfoundland community responding to the trauma of 9/11 also happens to be a stirring example of theatre at its most imaginative.

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