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6 West End shows that are inspired by true stories


6 West End shows that are inspired by true stories

Don’t miss out on these West End productions, all based on real-life events or true stories that have happened in decades gone by. Whether it’s an author’s life told on stage or a historical event adapted for the stage, check out our list of historical West End shows.

True stories told on stage

Come From Away


In the immediate moments after 9/11, 38 international aircraft were diverted to Gander airport. With 7,000 passengers and crew on board, the town of Gander opened their hearts and minds to welcome a brand new community, with the ‘come from aways’ dealing with their newfound surroundings. Based on interviews conducted by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away honours the spirit and camaraderie of those in Gander, as well as their uplifting spirits. Don’t miss out on the best new musical at the 2019 Olivier Awards and read more about the true stories in Come From Away here.

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Peter Nichol’s semi-autobiographical play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg returns to the West End in 2019, as Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner star as parents looking after their ten-year-old child. Inspired by Nichol’s parental experience with his child, the play offers insight into life with disabilities in a bittersweet, startlingly funny comedy.

The Lehman Trilogy

The Lehman Trilogy

As a young man living in Bavaria, Henry Lehman dreamed of big things. Moving to New York in the hopes of making it big, he’s later joined by his brothers Emanuel and Mayer, with the trio establishing one of the largest global financial firms. Join the Lehman Brothers at The Lehman Trilogy, detailing the highs and lows of the company before triggering what would then become the biggest financial crisis the world had ever seen.

The Life I Lead

Join Miles Jupp as he shares the heartwarming story of David Tomlinson, best known for playing Mr Banks in the Mary Poppins films. Learn about the tragic secrets he was faced with in The Life I Lead, from his early career as a fighter pilot to starring in a Disney classic in a play filled with adventure, comedy and plenty of fun!

Touching The Void

Inspired by Joe Simpson’s best-selling memoir, Touching The Void is an exhilarating play where characters fend for their lives at all costs. As Simpson and Simon Yates climb the Siula Grande in the Andes, Joe’s sudden perilous situation leaves Simon to save each other. High up on a sheer mountain face and with their lives in danger, see how the pair return to civilisation in a gripping play that’s testament to human endurance and hard work.


Eva Duarte was a 15-year-old living in a small Argentinan town. In a short time, her career and status grew, circling with the higher political echelons of society. In a battle between her superficial image and her reality, Evita dramatises Eva Perón’s life in the spotlight and how she served the people of Argentina. With songs including ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’, Evita will be one of five musicals by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the West End this summer.