Directed by Nottingham Playhouse Artistic Director Adam Penford, the show will play the Nottingham venue September 9-28, 2024, prior to embarking on a U.K. tour. Casting and additional creative team members will be announced at a later date.
The tour is currently scheduled to play Brighton Theatre Royal, Birmingham Alexandra, Woking New Victoria, Leeds Grand, Liverpool Empire, Sunderland Empire, and Oxford New Theatre in 2024. Venues for 2025 include Northampton Royal & Derngate, Southampton Mayflower, Milton Keynes Theatre, Canterbury Marlowe, Bristol Hippodrome, Manchester Palace, Glasgow Kings, Aberdeen His Majesties, Belfast Grand Opera House, Storyhouse Theatre Cheste, New Wimbledon Theatre, Wolverhampton Grand, Sheffield Lyceum, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Hull New Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre, and Norwich Theatre Royal.
Director Penford said in a statement, “Dear Evan Hansen has thrilled audiences on both sides of the Atlantic since it first premiered in 2015. Evan's powerful story grips and moves people, told through a captivating script and musical score. This first, major, new and exciting U.K. production offers the opportunity to reexamine some of its contemporary themes and present this brand-new version to Nottingham and around the U.K. I'm excited to begin the search for our Evan very soon.”
Dear Evan Hansen features a score by the Tony- and Oscar-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dogfight, A Christmas Story) and a book by Tony winner Steven Levenson (tick, tick...BOOM! movie).
Dear Evan Hansen began previews at the Music Box November 14, 2016, prior to an official opening December 4. The musical was nominated for nine 2017 Tony Awards, winning six: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Ben Platt), Best Featured Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Rachel Bay Jones), and Best Orchestrations. The international hit musical reopened its Broadway production December 11, 2021, 21 months after the COVID shutdown. The Broadway staging played its final performance September 18, 2022, at the Music Box Theatre. At closing, it had played 1,678 regular performances and 21 preview performances, making it one of the 50 longest-running shows in Broadway history.
The Dear Evan Hansen film premiered in September 2021. Platt reprised his Tony-winning performance in the title role opposite Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Danny Pino, Kaitlyn Dever, Amandla Stenberg, Colton Ryan, and Nik Dodani.
Dear Evan Hansen is presented by ATG Productions and Nottingham Playhouse by arrangement with Music Theatre International.