REVIEW: Come From Away ★★★★★ – Phoenix Theatre

“…an unexpectedly uplifting, inspiring joy.”


West End Theatre Guide

Come From Away is a musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein which opened on Broadway in March 2017 and in the West End in January 2019. Based on true events, the show follows the story of how thirty-eight planes were ordered to land in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, Canada following the 9/11 attacks.

We follow the scared and confused passengers on these grounded planes as they scramble for nuggets of information and then deal with being stranded in a remote town with hundreds of strangers. On the other side, we see the town’s locals in a panic trying to accommodate and cater for these stranded passengers while coping with their own fears over the tragedy which has struck.

The 9/11 attacks left people doubting themselves, searching for reassurance, and afraid for themselves and their loved ones. People react in vastly different ways as they process a crisis, and Come From Away captured this beautifully with the sensitivity and delicacy that is required. Also thrown into the mix was a hint of the paranoia and suspicion created by the acts of terrorism when an Egyptian man was pulled aside to be given a thorough full-body search, which shocked with its poignancy.

The entire cast were an outstanding, tight-knit group with standout performances from Rachel Tucker (The Lost Ship, Communicating Doors, Wicked), Emma Salvo (The Toxic Avenger, Page to Stage, Grease), and Jenna Boyd (Love on The Links, My Fair Lady, Wind in the Willows).

Come From Away is an unexpectedly uplifting, inspiring joy. In a time of turmoil and crisis, which so often divide people, the stranded passengers and townspeople band together and find common ground.

Come From Away is showing at the Phoenix Theatre and is currently booking until 30th January 2019 (to book tickets, click here). For more information on your visit to the Phoenix, read our guide.