Come From Away: The Incredible True Story

This widely travelled and hugely popular piece of musical theatre shares a story of hope and compassion in times of uncertainty

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20 May 2022


St James Theatre, 83 Courtenay Place, Wellington

The incredible true story that has captured the attention of theatre goers around the world is Come From Away, headed to Wellington’s recently refurbished St James Theatre in 2022. 

Running from 20 May 2022, this season marks the capital’s premiere of the hugely popular global hit. Brought to a New Zealand audience for the first time by Rodney Rigby and Junkyard Dog Productions, the production has recently played seasons on Broadway, London’s West End, in Sydney and throughout North America. It has been performed for thousands worldwide and picked up a Tony and Olivier award along the way. 

We are delighted to share this wonderful and triumphant show with Kiwi audiences

Rodney Rigby - Junkyard Dog Productions

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With music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, the award-winning husband and wife duo. The play tells the story of the week following the September 11 attacks and the true story of what took place as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon. In the province of Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, in the small town of Gander, 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly with more than 7,000 travellers left stranded.

To create the play, Irene and David travelled to Newfoundland and interviewed thousands of locals. Uncovering a tale of immense generosity of the thousands of ‘come from aways’ being housed and fed by the people of Gander. The generosity of spirit in the darkest of times, the outpouring of hope, and the revelation of human kindness is now captured in this moving piece of theatre. 

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