The Donmar Warehouse's summer staging of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, which marked the show's U.K. premiere, will transfer to London’s West End next year. A 14-week engagement will begin performances June 18, 2024, prior to an official opening June 26 at Wyndham’s Theatre.
Michael Longhurst will again direct with casting to be announced.
The Donmar production featured Grammy Award nominee Caissie Levy (Frozen) as Diana Goodman, Trevor Dion Nicholas (Hamilton) as Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine, Jack Ofrecio (From Here to Eternity) as Henry, Olivier winner and Tony nominee Jamie Parker (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) as Dan, Jack Wolfe (Pinocchio) as Gabe, and Olivier winner and BAFTA nominee Eleanor Worthington-Cox (Matilda the Musical) as Natalie. Read reviews for the Donmar staging here.
The exploration of a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness has a book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. The original production won three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score for the pair. The musical subsequently won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Longhurt said in a statement, “Some stories pierce the heart of the human condition: Tom and Brian’s astonishing musical does just that—facing our deepest vulnerabilities whilst celebrating our capacity to endure. The outpouring of emotion from audiences at the Donmar was incredible: You could hear audible sobs before they surged to their feet every single night—like nothing I’ve experienced. Tickets were impossible to come by, so I am beyond thrilled that more people will nowbe able to experience the work of this extraordinary creative team.”
The production also has musical supervision by Nigel Lilley, designs by Chloe Lamford, lighting design by Lee Curran, sound design by Tony Gayle, movement direction, choreography, and additional direction by Ann Yee, video design by Tal Rosner, musical direction by Nick Barstow, casting by Anna Cooper, and production management by Chris Hay.
Priority tickets will go on sale November 27 with tickets for the general public available beginning December 1 at NexttoNormal.com.