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A young girl stands smiling against a vibrant mural on a brick wall that reads Floella Benjamin's Coming to England. The mural includes a ship, flowers, flags, and a sunset. The girl holds a small suitcase, symbolizing her journey.

Floella Benjamin's much-loved autobiographical story of hope, determination and triumph.

Marking the anniversary of National Windrush Day, Nicoll Entertainment and MAST Mayflower Studios announce the UK tour of Coming to England, a brand-new stage adaptation based on Floella Benjamin’s award-winning  and iconic book. Adapted by David Wood this vibrant and energetic show is the perfect entertainment for the whole family. This inspirational story of hope tells Floella’s own story of moving to England as a child. The UK tour will open on 13th September at Swansea Grand Theatre.

Aged just 10, she and her siblings left Trinidad and sailed alone to join their parents. But Floella’s excitement for her new life in England is short-lived, with her family subjected to racism and intolerance in 1960s’ London. Guided by her mother, and working twice as hard as her classmates, Coming to England tells the story of how a young Floella overcame adversity and grew to become Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham.

Baroness Floella Benjamin comments, I am absolutely thrilled and excited that a vibrant musical, based on my book ‘Coming to England’ is set to go on tour around the country. This uplifting and inspirational Windrush story was written emotionally through the eyes of the child and as we have all been children it will resonate with everyone. Coming to England is a positive story of love, adventure, belonging, facing challenges and overcoming adversity to become successful. I can’t wait to see it burst onto the stage.

This joyous and energetic musical is the perfect entertainment for the whole family. Director Denzel Westley Sanderson (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, National Theatre, winner of the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award) is joined by Designer Jasmine Swan, Musical director Abdul Shyllon and Choreographer & Movement Director Kloe Dean.

Performance Dates

  • 13th – 15th September Swansea Grand Theatre
  • 18th – 21st September Oxford Playhouse
  • 2nd – 6th October Lichfield Garrick
  • 8th – 12th October Cheltenham Everyman
  • 22nd – 26th October MAST Mayflower Studios
  • 28th January – 1st February Nottingham Theatre Royal*On sale soon
  • 18th – 22nd February Birmingham Rep Theatre
  • 19th – 23rd March Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Coming to England: 13 September 2024 – 23 March 2025

Further Information: Children's Theatre | Family Days Out | Coming to England