Tonight the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a special performance of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ at the Noël Coward Theatre which is being held in aid of The Royal Foundation. The show touches the issue of Mental Health that is a primary concept of both Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s public role.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at the Noel Coward Theatre for a special performance of Dear Evan Hansen. Warning: Flash photography pic.twitter.com/sn54Nl8AkY
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The royal couple arriving for the night. Money raised from ticket sales and other donations at the event will be going to The Royal Foundation to support it’s work.
‘Dear Evan Hansen’ tells the timely and timeless story of Evan, a boy who is struggling to connect in our hyperconnected world. The award-winning musical spans generations and has been credited with helping to start important conversations about mental health between parents and teenagers. The musical is described as,
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is a new musical about life and the way we live it.
‘Dear Evan Hansen’ features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Academy Award, and Tony and Grammy Award-winning composers Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (‘The Greatest Showman’) and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (‘Rent’; ‘Next to Normal’). The musical opened at the Noël Coward Theatre in the West End in November 2019; the show is also playing on Broadway, where it opened in 2016 and won 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Ahead of the night, Palace said, “The issue of mental health is a key priority for The Royal Foundation which works to tackle the stigma and encourage more people to talk openly about their mental health. Shout 85258, a free and confidential 24/7 UK text messaging helpline that supports people in crisis and was developed by The Royal Foundation, is one of four not-for-profit partners of the show which provide mental health resources to audiences and beyond”.
The Duke of Cambridge is currently spearheading Heads Up, a season-long campaign which uses the influence and popularity of football to show the nation that mental health is just as important as physical health. It follows on from the Heads Together campaign which convened eight charity partners with one voice, encouraged more people in Britain to talk openly about mental health than ever before, and led to more people accessing services as a result.
The Royal Foundation is also supporting efforts to provide children with the best possible start in life, recognising that with a greater focus on the early years, we can better provide solid social and emotional platforms for children to make them healthier and more resilient later in life.
In January, the Duchess of Cambridge launched a nationwide survey on the early years – ‘5 big questions on the under 5s’. Conducted by Ipsos MORI, it aims to spark the biggest ever conversation on early childhood that will ultimately help bring about lasting change for generations to come. The survey follows eight years of work by the Duchess of Cambridge in which she has explored how experiences in early childhood often lie at the root of the hardest social challenges the country faces today. Recently Duchess visited Ireland and Scotland
About tonight’s event, the Producer of the show Stacy Mindich said, “We’re so honoured to partner with The Royal Foundation for this very special performance. The Duke and Duchess have been incredible advocates for mental health and like Dear Evan Hansen, they have made important strides in helping to destigmatise the conversation. Shout is an incredible resource for people who are struggling, and we’re so proud to have the organisation as one of our not-for-profit partners in the UK.”
William and Catherine watched the show and met members of the cast. At the end of the show, The Duke also made short remarks.
A lovely video shared by the Kensington Palace with the caption, “The musical @DearEvanHansen has been credited with helping to start important conversations about mental health between parents and teenagers. The issue of mental health is a key priority for The Royal Foundation, which developed the free @GiveUsAShout text line“
Duchess of Cambridge debuted another stunning look tonight. She wore a black dress from British label Eponine London.
The ready-to-wear Bouclé dress with a pointed collar and pleated skirt is from label’s 2018 Autumn-Winter collection. The mid-length dress features three-quarter sleeves, embellished buttons and a hidden zipper on the front bodice of the dress.
The dress looks like a custom version of the dress shown here. Duchess had the pointed collar replaced with the vee-neckline and the rhinestone buttons at the front of the dress are also different from the original one that has a crown embellished on them.
A closer look at the button detailing and the difference.
Catherine paired the outfit with her Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Silver and Dusk Blue Fireball Glitter Dégradé Fabric Pointy Toe Pumps that she debuted at BAFTA 2019.
Duchess of Cambridge premiered Jimmy Choo Ellipse clutch bag tonight. Thanks to HeavenLM for the quick id. The $650 Ellipse clutch is covered in tonal-silver glitter to create an ombré effect that sparkles from every angle and is from Autumn Winter 2018. Crafted in Italy, it’s lined in soft leather and closes with a signature arrow clasp. It comes with a detachable chain so you can carry it in-hand or over your shoulder. Currently, it is available on Net-a-Porter.
She was wearing Queen’s Diamond Chandelier Earrings.
Also, we have some more information about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s upcoming visit to Ireland. William and Catherine will visit the neighbouring country for three days from March 03 to March 05. The visit will see them spend time in Dublin, County Meath, County Kildare and Galway.
Earlier this week when Prince William was attending a rugby match in Wales, he revealed a very interesting tidbit about his family. If you remember, there was no engagement scheduled for either Duke or Duchess last week as Prince George and Princess Charlotte were on mid-term school break. From Stroud News & Journal,
“We’ve been lambing with the children this week,” William told Mrs Roberts, who played with club Y Piod Pinc for two seasons.
“Charlotte wasn’t sure at first but George was straight in there. Louie loves the tractors.
“They love seeing the lambs and feeding the lambs. Dairy farming – you are all seriously tough.”
“He said they’ve been lambing this week up in Norfolk. They want the children to see the country way of life as well as the city way of life.”
Next, we will see the Duchess of Cambridge tomorrow when she will visit the London Stadium at the Olympic Park in Stratford as the Patron of Sports Aid.