Sunday 2nd June 2024
Spring Awakening: 15th Anniversary Concert
Spring Awakening, the Tony, Olivier and Grammy award-winning musical returns to London for one night only on Sunday 2nd June at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Celebrating the original London production’s 15th anniversary, this the ground-breaking musicals by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater tells a story of adolescent anarchy, set to one of the most loved scores of the 21st century. A group of teenagers - silenced and controlled by a censorious society - discover a new world of feeling and freedom outside the classroom, with beautiful and devastating consequences.
Opening on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on 10 December 2006, the show starred Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele, and John Gallagher Jr. and won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Direction, Book, Score and Featured Actor. The musical then opened in London at the Lyric Hammersmith on 23 January 2009, before transferring to the West End’s Novello Theatre in March that same year. It won 4 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. Spring Awakening was revived on Broadway in 2015 and in London in 2021.
Celebrating the original London production’s 15th anniversary, the concert will reunite many of the original London cast for this one night only celebration.
Returning cast members from the original West End production include Lucy May Barker as Ilse, Natasha Barnes as Anna, Harry McEntire as Ernst, Hayley Gallivan as Martha, Evelyn Hoskins as Thea, Edward Judge as Otto, Jamie Muscato as Melchior, Jos Slovick as Georg and Charlotte Wakefield as Wendla. Other returning cast members include Chris Barton, Natalie Garner, Mona Goodwin, Gemma O’Duffy and Richard Southgate.
Additional casting to be announced.
They are joined by the entire returning original London band consisting of Huw Davies (Guitars), Don Richardson (Bass), Matthew Senior (Drums), Vicky Matthews (Cello), Charlie Brown (Violin/Guitar), Rachel Robson (Viola), under the musical direction of Nigel Lilley.
This anniversary concert will also be raising funds on behalf of Imogen Kinchin.
Imogen Kinchin was one of the original producers of Spring Awakening in 2009, guiding the show and its young cast on their journey. Imogen was the Senior Producer at the Lyric Hammersmith for 10 years before joining Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures as Executive Director in 2018. In 2022, Imogen was diagnosed with Stage IV Bowel Cancer. Aside from being one of the most outstanding, creative, inspirational and respected producers in show business, she is a cherished wife, family member and friend. Her cancer is aggressive, yet her resilience is extraordinary, and she remains a positive and hopeful warrior in the face of adversity. A fund, established to support bespoke treatment and her family’s needs as they journey through this cruel disease, has raised over £80,000 to date.
The company of Spring Awakening have kindly chosen to donate the proceeds from the concert to Imogen’s Fund and the link to donate is gofundme.com/f/imogens-fund
Spring Awakening has direction by Jamie Armitage (SIX) and musical direction by Nigel Lilley (Newsies, Next to Normal, The Witches).
Spring Awakening is produced by Jack Maple and Evelyn Hoskins.