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Dear Evan Hansen West End cast to be led by Sam Tutty

The cast for the UK premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical has been revealed

Rebecca McKinnis, Sam Tutty and Lauren Ward
Rebecca McKinnis, Sam Tutty and Lauren Ward
(© Left and right: Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage, centre: Matt Crockett for Dewynters)

Casting has been announced for the West End production of Dear Evan Hansen.

The lead role of Evan Hansen will be played by Sam Tutty, who recently appeared in the BTA production of Once On This Island at Southwark Playhouse. He will be joined by recent graduate Lucy Anderson as Zoe Murphy, Rebecca McKinnis (Everybody's Talking About Jamie) as Heidi, graduate Doug Colling as Conor Murphy, Lauren Ward (Matilda) as Cynthia Murphy, Rupert Young (Oklahoma!) as Larry Murphy, Jack Loxton (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) as Jared and Nicole Raquel Dennis (Waitress) as Alana.

David Breeds (The Girls) will cover the roles of Evan, Connor and Jared, Alex Thomas-Smith (Bat Out of Hell) will cover the roles of Evan and Jared while Marcus Harman will play the alternate Evan Hansen and cover for Connor and Jared. Haydn Cox (making his West End debut) will cover Connor and Jared.

Tricia Adele-Turner (Dusty) and Hannah Lindsey (The House on Cold Hill) will cover Heidi and Cynthia, while Natalie Kassanga (Motown) and Courtney Stapleton (Six) will cover Zoe and Alana. James Winter (Jersey Boys) and Mark Peachey (A Midsummer Night's Dream) will both cover Larry.

The show will open in previews at the Noël Coward Theatre on 29 October, with opening night on 19 November. Tickets are now on sale for dates to Saturday 4 April 2020.

Dear Evan Hansen is directed by Michael Greif, design is from David Korins, projection design is from Peter Nigrini, costume design is from Emily Rebholz, lighting design is from Japhy Weideman, sound design is by Nevin Steinberg, and hair design is by David Brian Brown. Music supervision, orchestrations and additional arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire. Ben Cohn is the associate music supervisor. Vocal arrangements and additional arrangements are by Paul.

It tells of a boy in high school with social anxiety who fakes a series of letters and messages from a deceased member of his class to gain popularity. It won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Actor in a Musical for Ben Platt who starred in the show from its inception.