Once at the Phoenix Theatre
Winner of 8 Tony Awards on Broadway in 2012 – including best musical – the show that everyone is talking about has finally arrived in London.
Once is a brand new musical based on the much-loved Oscar-winning film and is now playing at the Phoenix Theatre in London.
This old-fashioned love story about an Irish busker who falls in love with a young Czech mother through their shared passion for music and song writing, is an original and irresistibly joyous celebration of love, friendship and music.
Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitešić take the starring roles of Guy and Girl respectively in the show.
The musical is brought to vibrant life by a hugely talented cast of actors, singers and musicians who unleash the exhilaration of an Irish ceilidh live on stage.
All of the songs from the film are featured in the show, including the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly”. A tremendously talented creative team includes a book by Irish playwright Enda Walsh, music and lyrics by Glen Hansard (The Commitments) and Markéta Irglová, and Once is written and directed by John Carney who created the film.
Other cast members include Valda Aviks, Ryan Fletcher, Aidan Kelly, Gareth O’Connor, Michael O’Connor, Miria Parvin, Jos Slovick, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Jez Unwin and Gabriel Vick. Alternating the role of Girl’s young daughter Ivanka will be Poppy-Lily Baker, Mia-Jai Bryan, Pacha Anna Green and Nancy Ann Jeans.
This dazzlingly inventive production is an absolute must-see musical for 2013.
Theatre: Phoenix Theatre
“The show wins its standing ovations the old-fashioned way: with a love story, great songs, compelling characters and inventive stagecraft.” New York Post
“Once uses song and dance in a way I’ve never experienced in an American musical. When the violins begin to play – and the accordion and the mandolin and the guitars and the cello – the instruments swell into a collection of distinctive voices melded into a single, universal feeling. once massages that feeling until it hurts quite exquisitely.” New York Times
“★★★★★! Once is the most romantic show on Broadway. It speaks volumes about the power of music and connection.” Daily News
“A love story played with fierce sincerity and unexpected honesty. Go!” Wall Street Journal
“Original and emotionally exhilarating, once is the sort of revivifying breeze nowhere more necessary than on Broadway.” The Washington Post
“Unbridled joy!” Vogue