Nearest underground station – Tottenham Court Road (on the Northern and Central lines)
Before 11th September 2001, few people had heard of the tiny town of Gander, located at the northeastern tip of Newfoundland. This close-knit community was home to rough seas, harsh weather, good neighbours and one very important airfield. One fateful day changed everything. As Mayor of Gander, Claude Elliott, shared in an online interview:- ‘In Gander, we learned of the events of 9/11 as they unfolded. It was early afternoon when we learned that U.S. airspace would be closed, leaving aircraft already in transit effectively stranded in the skies. We knew that over the North Atlantic alone, as many as 1,000 flights might be diverted. At that point, we were told that we could be asked to land up to 50 commercial aircraft carrying as many as 10,000 passengers. As a town with a total population of 10,000, we knew we had a problem.’
That’s a typical ‘Newfie’ understatement for a very real logistical nightmare. Gander boast only 550 hotel rooms and ultimately played host to 6,579 passengers and crew members. As uneasiness turned into trust and music soared into the night, gratitude grew into friendships and their stores became a celebration of hope, humanity and unity.
Awarded the Tony for Best Direction of a Musical, Christopher Ashley’s production guides audiences through a colourful and spirited cast of characters, brought to life by Olivier Award-winning writing team, Irene Sankoff and David Hein. “Come From Away” is a musical that is uplifting, fun, joyous, sad and moving.
NOTE: The musical runs for 1 Hour 40 minutes and there is no interval.