Production photos of Once at the Phoenix Theatre

Once at the Phoenix Theatre

Once at the Phoenix Theatre

The London production of Once will open this month at the Phoenix Theatre (from 16 March 2013).

Based on the much-loved Oscar-winning film, Once is a celebration of love, friendship and music. When an Irish busker and a young Czech mother meet through a shared love of music, their songwriting sparks a deep connection and a tender, longing romance that neither of them could have expected.

With a book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh and based on the successful movie written and directed by John Carney, ONCE features music and lyrics are by Academy Award® winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who, for Falling Slowly, won the Oscar for Best Original Song.

The cast includes Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitešić as Guy and Girl respectively, joined by 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.

The show has won eight Tony awards on Broadway including Best New Musical and has been named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards.

Photos by Manuel Harlan

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