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The West End company in Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre 2020. Credit Craig Sugden

The West End company in Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre 2020. Credit Craig Sugden

Come From Away is being adapted into a movie

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 14 August 2020, Last Updated 14 August 2020

Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s Olivier Award-winning musical Come From Away has been touching the hearts of audiences around the world since it’s opening in Broadway in 2017 and it’s not showing any signs of stopping as we’ve heard that there may be a movie in the works!

In a recent interview with the Toronto Star, the Canadian husband-and-wife team spoke about life during a pandemic and touched upon what they’ve been working on.

David Hein told the Star: “We’ve turned in a draft of the “Come From Away” movie, that’s exciting. There are countless more projects and meetings.”

Furthermore, the duo seemed optimistic about the return of theatre with David adding: “I don’t think that anyone doubts that theatre will come back. The question is how and when.”

“People want to be in the same room; it is a unique experience integral to humankind for thousands of years. Maybe I shouldn’t be quoting “Jurassic Park” but, life finds a way. Theatre finds a way. We can’t wait for that.”

After opening in The West End in 2017, the record-breaking production has continued to uphold its acclaim, winning 4 Olivier Awards and bringing audiences to their feet (and tears to their eyes) night after night.

The inspiring show which tells the incredible real-life tale of the 7,000 air passengers grounded in Canada after 9/11 has truly moved us all and we can’t wait to hear more about a potential movie.


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