News: New Dear Evan Hansen production at Nottingham Playhouse September 2024 (prior to UK tour)

Nottingham Playhouse, in association with Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, today announces the UK premiere of a brand-new production of smash hit musical Dear Evan Hansen.

Directed by Adam Penford, Artistic Director at Nottingham Playhouse (A Christmas Carol, Nottingham Playhouse; The Sound of Music, Chichester Festival Theatre; The Madness of King George III, Nottingham Playhouse), this new production of the Broadway and West End phenomenon will open at Nottingham Playhouse from 9 to 28 September 2024, before touring the UK.

Meet Evan: an anxious high school kid who wants nothing more than to fit in. The thing is, on his way to fitting in, he didn’t tell the whole truth. And now must give up on a life he never dreamt he’d have. As events spiral and the truth comes out, Evan faces a reckoning with himself and everyone around him.

Packed with some of the biggest musical theatre songs of the last decade, Dear Evan Hansen has a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Oscar-winning composers for The Greatest Showman and La La Land), book by Steven Levenson and is the winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, the Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.

Adam Penford, Director, commented:

Dear Evan Hansen has gained a cult audience 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 new production offers the opportunity to re-examine some of its contemporary themes which include loneliness, mental health and social media.

“It’s a pleasure to be collaborating with ATG productions to bring this brand-new version to Nottingham and around the UK.” 

Casting is to be announced, with the search for Evan beginning very soon.

Tickets for Dear Evan Hansen go on sale to Nottingham Playhouse Members today, 13 November 2023, with general booking open from 17 November.


A Nottingham Playhouse production in association with ATG Productions


Music & Lyrics – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Based on the book by Steven Levenson

Director – Adam Penford

Nottingham Playhouse

Wellington Circus

Nottingham NG1 5AF

Mon 9 Sept to Sat 28 Sept 2024

Press performance:  Tues 17 Sept 7pm

BSL Performances: Fri 27 Sept 7.30pm

Captioned performance: Sat 21 Sept 7.30pm

Audio Described and Touch Tour performances:  Thurs 26 Sept 7.30pm, Sat 28 Sept 2.30pm

UK Tour now on sale:

01-Oct-24      Leicester Curve       

15-Oct-24      Brighton Theatre Royal       

22-Oct-24      Birmingham Alexandra       

29-Oct-24      Woking New Victoria

05-Nov-24     Leeds Grand  ON SALE SOON        

12-Nov-24     Liverpool Empire

19-Nov-24     Sunderland Empire  

26-Nov-24     Oxford New Theatre 

2025 DATES                         

14-Jan-25      Northampton Royal & Derngate  ON SALE SOON

21-Jan-25      Southampton Mayflower

28-Jan-25      Milton Keynes Theatre        

04-Feb-25      Canterbury Marlowe  ON SALE SOON

11-Feb-25      Bristol Hippodrome   

18-Feb-25      Manchester Palace

25-Feb-25      Glasgow Kings         

04-Mar-25     Aberdeen His Majesties      

11-Mar-25     Belfast Grand Opera House  ON SALE SOON

18-Mar-25     Storyhouse Theatre Chester

25-Mar-25     New Wimbledon Theatre

01-Apr-25      Wolverhampton Grand       

08-Apr-25      Sheffield Lyceum  ON SALE SOON  

15-Apr-25      Plymouth Theatre Royal     

22-Apr-25      Hull New Theatre

29-Apr-25      Wales Millennium Centre  ON SALE SOON 

13-May-25     Norwich Theatre Royal         

Nottingham Playhouse is dedicated to making bold and thrilling theatre in the heart of Nottingham and was named the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre 2023 in the UK Theatre Awards. Chief Executive Stephanie Sirr was awarded the MBE for Services to Theatre in 2022. 

New productions for 2023, premiering at Nottingham Playhouse before touring, included The Beekeeper of Aleppo, adapted by Nesrin Alrefaai and Matthew Spangler from the acclaimed novel by Christy Lefteri; Village Idiot, a new play by Samson Hawkins co-produced with Theatre Royal Stratford East, and in conjunction with Ramps on the Moon; and Tom Wright’s The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man directed by winner of The RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2022, Stephen Bailey. 2023 ends with the return of Mark Gatiss’ 2021 sell-out adaptation of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story, which was screened in 500 cinemas across 12 territories and broadcast on BBC4 and features a new cast including the renowned Keith Allen as Scrooge. To round off the year, we have the legendary Nottingham Playhouse panto which, this year, is Cinderella and Hansel & Gretel for younger audiences.

The spring summer 2024 season sees the world premiere of James Graham’s play, Punch, based on the story of local Nottingham lad Jacob Dunne and his book Right from Wrong; a brand-new stage version of Minority Report, adapted by David Haig, directed by Max Webster and produced in association with Simon Friend Entertainment; The Children, Lucy Kirkwood’s powerful play about the impact of decisions on future generations; The Kite Runner, which returns to its origins at Nottingham Playhouse following a hit run on Broadway; and, The Trials, a community led production in partnership with Mansfield Palace Theatre.

Nottingham Playhouse believes that theatre is for everyone. Its wide-ranging participation work takes place in every corner of the building and throughout Nottingham. Each year it creates over 58,000 engagements with people of all ages, abilities and interests, including many cost-free classes, and targeted work with those at risk of being isolated or marginalised. Its artist development programme, Amplify, supports and develops local theatre-makers. Now in its fifth year and boasting over 600 members, it offers a year-round programme of professional development opportunities to a network of artists, alongside employment opportunities.

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