The performance was a fundraiser for The Royal Foundation.
A video from Hello’s Danielle Stacey shows the pair arriving.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at the Noel Coward Theatre for a special performance of Dear Evan Hansen. Warning: Flash photography http://pic.twitter.com/sn54Nl8AkY
— Danielle Stacey (@daniellestacey1) February 25, 2020
The couple entering the theatre.
Kate and William just inside the theatre.
Richard Palmer of The Express tweeted a quick video.
Kate is an Eponine dress and very sparkly shoes tonight pic.twitter.com/Rf3apZOlMQ
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) February 25, 2020
People reports that “The award-winning musical tells the story of a boy named Evan who struggles social anxiety and strongly wishes to connect with his peers — so much so that he fabricates a friendship with a deceased student in order to be closer to the boy’s family.” Below, one of the special programs for tonight’s performance.
A Daily Telegraph story reports “It is also widely regarded as the first major musical to put the subject of social media centre-stage.” Below, a quick video about the show from the Dear Evan Hansen West End Facebook page.
Kensington Palace notes the show “has been credited with helping to start important conversations about mental health between parents and teenagers”.
The musical opened in London in November 2019; it is also playing on Broadway, where it won 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Below, Benj Pasek, Steven Levenson, and Justin Paul at the London opening. Mr. Pasek and Mr. Paul wrote the music and lyrics while Mr. Levenson wrote the book for the musical.
Tonight the couple met some of the writers and producers before the show, including the three gentlemen shown above.
The Evening Standard reports the couple spoke about the mental health theme.
“Ten years ago, do you think this play would have been here?” William asked.
“I don’t think it would have even existed,” Mr Pasek said.
Another view of the Duchess.
Journalist Ahdeya Ahmed AlSayed was at tonight’s performance and shared a video of the royals as they headed to their seats.
YRH Prince William..i am a guest of the British government.President of Bahrain’s journalists union.YRH,u &HRH the Duchess of Cambridge Princess Kate..u make Britain proud but a bigger source of pride is your humanity&the causes u support.!U both arr wat Great Britain needs. pic.twitter.com/r1BiPHGRQO
— Ahdeya Ahmed AlSayed (@AhdeyaAhmed) February 26, 2020
After the performance, they met the cast.
And spent time speaking with them.
I’m not sure what the Duchess is gesturing at in this shot.Another video from Richard Palmer.
More from back stage pic.twitter.com/jWbWbQSSIu
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) February 25, 2020
A group photo.
Catherine and I are delighted to join you this evening for a special charity performance of Dear Evan Hansen at the Noel Coward Theatre. One of the issues that we care passionately about is mental health and we are pleased that Dear Evan Hansen is helping to start important conversations between parents and teenagers about this important subject.
We are particularly proud that Shout, a mental health support service launched by the Royal Foundation, is one of four not-for-profit partners of Dear Evan Hansen providing mental health resources to audiences of the show.
Below, Kate as she was leaving the theatre.
Now for our look at what Kate wore for this evening’s benefit.
Done in black bouclé, the piece features a fitted bodice with rhinestone or crystal buttons, an oversized collar, elbow-length sleeves, and a pleated, full skirt. Below, a closer look at the fabric and buttons. The images on the left and in the center are from this evening; the shot on the right is from the product page; it looks like Kate’s buttons are different from those shown on the model.
Other Eponine designs the Duchess has sported include a green sheath worn for February 2019 school visits; a blue dress seen for a January 2017 visit to the Anna Freud Centre (the dress was repeated for engagements in Yorkshire in 2018); and a retro-inspired skirt suit first worn in March 2016 (that was repeated in March 2017).
The Duchess brought back her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ dégradé glitter pumps.
The style features a pointed toe, 3.9″ heel and shimmering glitter atop suede in a pattern that fades from ‘dusk blue’ at the heel to silver at the front of the shoe. We show the style at Jimmy Choo ($725) where it is in stock in most sizes; it is also offered at Bloomingdale’s in most sizes ($725) and at Neiman Marcus ($725) in limited sizes. It is on sale in limited sizes at Net-a-Porter ($435). It is also offered in a 2.5″ heel at Jimmy Choo ($725).
It looked like Kate was carrying a Jimmy Choo clutch that matches the heels, the brand’s Ellipse Dégradé Glittered Leather Clutch ($995). The bag is covered with glitter that darkens from top to bottom; it is lined in leather and measures roughly 8.5″ x 5″.
The Duchess wore her hair down and brought back the Queen’s chandelier earrings, shown lower right in the inset.
The Duchess has also worn them for state occasions, including the diplomatic reception and a state dinner.
One more photo from this evening.
Kensington Palace put together a quick video from the night featuring the show’s iconic ‘You are Not Alone‘ song.
🗣️ The musical @DearEvanHansen has been credited with helping to start important conversations about mental health between parents and teenagers.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 26, 2020
This covers the Dear Evan Hansen London opening night at the Noël Coward Theatre; it runs about 1:20.
This Daily Mail video has 30-seconds showing the couple arriving.