London to Celebrate 15th Anniversary of Spring Awakening with Concert | Playbill

London News London to Celebrate 15th Anniversary of Spring Awakening with Concert

The concert will raise funds to support original West End producer Imogen Kinchin's cancer treatment.

All that's known continues to unfold as Spring Awakening returns to the West End stage for one night only.

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the original West End production, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s beloved coming of age musical will play the Victoria Palace Theatre in concert form June 2.

Based on the play by Frank Wedekind, Spring Awakening explores the mysteries of attraction, desire, sex, insecurity, and the highs and lows of navigating the pressures of young adult life. The Broadway production won eight Tony Awards, while the West End debut took four Oliviers.

The concert will be directed by Jamie Armitage (SIX), with musical direction by Nigel Lilley (Newsies, Next to Normal, The Witches). Casting will be announced at a later date.

Said Sheik, “Spring Awakening is the first musical I worked on that managed to get to Broadway and then the West End. Being in London in 2009 for opening night at the Novello with that young and amazing cast was one of the highlights of my life. It is more than exciting that 15 years on, London gets to experience this anniversary concert and I’m honored that I can be some small part of that.”

Sater added, “My youthful dream was to be a part of the theatre in London. So for me, our brilliant original production of Spring Awakening at the Lyric, and then at the Novello, was an answered prayer. Fifteen years later, to bring back that production for a one-night-only anniversary concert, is like having that prayer answered all over again.”

This anniversary concert will raise funds on behalf of Imogen Kinchin, one of the original producers of the show's West End bow. Proceeds will go to Imogen's Fund, the community effort that has sprung up to support her continued cancer treatment, raising more than £80,000 so far. For further information on her care, as well as the fundraising wing of the concert, visit

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