Once at the Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix Theatre, London

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ONCE is the Olivier and Tony Award winning smash-hit musical based on the much-loved, Oscar winning movie.

Now starring Ronan Keating stars as Guy

HURRY – Show must end on 21 March 2015

Once is the brand new musical based on the much-loved Oscar-winning film and is now playing at the Phoenix Theatre in London.

International pop singer and Boyzone star Ronan Keating is now starring in the show as Guy, alongside Jill Winternitz as Girl.

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 direction by John Tiffany, a book by Irish playwright Enda Walsh, and music and lyrics by Glen Hansard (The Commitments) and Markéta Irglová. Once the movie was written and directed by John Carney.

Winner of the 2014 Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in music and winner of 8 Tony Awards on Broadway – including best musical – this dazzlingly inventive production is an absolute must-see musical.

Hurry now and see this award-winning show before it leaves London on 21 March 2015.

THE STORY

This old-fashioned love story is about an Irish busker who falls in love with a young Czech mother through their shared passion for music and song writing.

It’s an original and irresistibly joyous celebration of love, friendship and music.

THE CAST

Ronan Keating (Guy), Jill Winternitz (Girl), Fiona Bruce (Baruška), Jamie Cameron (Emcee) Mark Carlisle (Da), Matthew Ganley (Švec), Mathew Hamper (Andrej), Daniel Healy (Eamon), Loren O’Dair (Reza), Miria Parvin (Ex-Girlfriend), Tim Prottey-Jones (Billy), and Jez Unwin (Bank Manager). Alternating the role of Girl’s young daughter Ivanka will be Pacha Busby, Rebecca Connolly, Tigan Hawes and Audrey Newman.

REVIEWS

★★★★ “Will make your heart sing” The Sunday Times

★★★★★ “Unmissable” Sunday Express

★★★★ “If London audiences don’t love it to bits I disown them” The Times

“The best gig in the West End” Absolute Radio

“Great music and singing, romantic story, all the lively atmosphere of a Dublin pub. What more could you ask for?” Terry Wogan


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 21 March 2015

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Important Notes

Age Restrictions: Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.


Venue Information

Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP
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Photos: Once The Musical production photos featuring Ronan Keating
Production photos Once The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre starring Ronan Keating. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Ronan Keating as Guy in Once The Musical. Photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg[/caption] Ronan Keating has joined the production of Once The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre in the starring role of Guy. The former Boyzone band member is joined in the show by Jill Winternitz as Girl. The Olivier Award winning show is based on the much-loved Oscar-winning movie and is a musical celebration of love, friendship and Irish music performed by the talented cast of actors and musicians. The West End production of Once opened in April 2013 and features a book by Enda Walsh based on the 2007 film written and directed by John Carney, and music and lyrics are by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. Direction is by John Tiffany. The full cast features Ronan Keating (Guy), Jill Winternitz (Girl), Fiona Bruce (Baruška), Jamie Cameron (Emcee) Mark Carlisle (Da), Matthew Ganley (Švec), Mathew Hamper (Andrej), Daniel Healy (Eamon), Loren O’Dair (Reza), Miria Parvin (Ex-Girlfriend), Tim Prottey-Jones (Billy), and Jez Unwin (Bank Manager). Alternating the role of Girl’s young daughter Ivanka will be Pacha Busby, Rebecca Connolly, Tigan Hawes and Audrey Newman. The show is playing at the Phoenix Theatre until 21 March 2015. [ngg src="galleries" ids="389" display="basic_imagebrowser"]  Photos by Brinkhoff Mögenburg
Photos: Ronan Keating in Once The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre
Photos released of Ronan Keating as Guy in Once The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Ronan Keating as Guy in Once The Musical. Photo by Hugo Glendinning[/caption] The producers of Once The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre have released photos of Ronan Keating - the new star of the show who will take over the role of Guy from 17 November 2014. Jill Winternitz will continue in the role of Girl opposite Ronan Keating. David Hunter continues in the role of Guy until 15 November 2014. The Olivier Award winning show is based on the much-loved Oscar-winning movie and is a musical celebration of love, friendship and Irish music performed by the talented cast of actors and musicians. The West End production of Once opened in April 2013 and features a book by Enda Walsh based on the 2007 film written and directed by John Carney, and music and lyrics are by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. Direction is by John Tiffany. The full cast from 17 November will feature Ronan Keating (Guy), Jill Winternitz (Girl), Fiona Bruce (Baruška), Jamie Cameron (Emcee) Mark Carlisle (Da), Matthew Ganley (Švec), Mathew Hamper (Andrej), Daniel Healy (Eamon), Loren O’Dair (Reza), Miria Parvin (Ex-Girlfriend), Tim Prottey-Jones (Billy), and Jez Unwin (Bank Manager). Alternating the role of Girl’s young daughter Ivanka will be Pacha Busby, Rebecca Connolly, Tigan Hawes and Audrey Newman. BOOK Book tickets to ONCE The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre   PHOTOS Ronan Keating in Once The Musical.  Photos by Hugo Glendinning [caption id="" align="alignright" width="590"] Ronan Keating as Guy in Once The Musical. Photo by Hugo Glendinning[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignright" width="590"] Ronan Keating as Guy in Once The Musical. Photo by Hugo Glendinning[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignright" width="590"] Ronan Keating as Guy in Once The Musical. Photo by Hugo Glendinning[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignright" width="590"] Ronan Keating as Guy in Once The Musical. Photo by Hugo Glendinning[/caption] BOOK Book tickets to ONCE The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre
ONCE: Boyzone star Ronan Keating to make stage debut joining the cast of Once
Former Boyzone band member Ronan Keating is to join the cast of Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical ONCE at the Phoenix Theatre in London [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Ronan Keating to join the cast of ONCE[/caption] Ronan Keating will join the cast of West End musical ONCE from 17 November 2014, playing the lead role of Guy. The international singer and musician will be making his stage and West End debut in the show. In a major coup for producers of the show, Ronan Keating is an Irish singer who has found international fame through the huge success of boy band Boyzone and his own solo career. Through Boyzone and his own albums he has sold over 45 million records worldwide. Keating is currently gearing up to return to Australia as a judge on The X Factor before heading to London for rehearsals of the show. Once is directed by John Tiffany (Let The Right One In) and opened in the West End in April 2013 at the Phoenix Theatre. The show scooped two Olivier Awards in April - including for Outstanding Achievement in Music - and won 8 Tony Awards on Broadway. Ronan will replace David Hunter who is currently playing Guy in the show, alongside Jill Winternitz as Girl. Keating will join the cast from 17 November 2014 to 21 March 2015 (excluding performances on 20 January and 24 January 2015). Once has book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh. Based on the 2007 motion picture written and directed by John Carney, music and lyrics are by Academy Award winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. STATEMENTS Ronan Keating said: “I was truly bowled over when I first saw Once. The music and storyline are so incredibly moving and combined with John Tiffany's direction, I believe it's a modern-day masterpiece. It's unlike anything else I've ever seen. When I was asked about playing the lead male (who is a busker in Dublin) I was completely overwhelmed because I knew it would be perfect - this was my home town, my people, and the place where I began my own music career. But as exciting as that is, it's scary too. I've never performed on the West End and this is a huge challenge and commitment. I'm really looking forward to returning to London later this year and completely sinking my teeth into the role. I think there's going to be lots to learn and lots to gain from this experience and I just want to be the absolute best that I can be."   BOOK Book tickets to ONCE at the Phoenix Theatre in London
ONCE: David Hunter and Jill Winternitz cast in leading roles
Once The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre will get new lead players from May 2014 [caption id="" align="alignright" width="140"] David Hunter[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignright" width="140"] Jill Winternitz[/caption] David Hunter and Jill Winternitz will join the cast of Once from 12 May 2014 as Guy and Girl. David Hunter, who replaces Arthur Darvill in the show, has been understudying the role of Guy since July. He trained at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, with stage credits that include One Man Two Guvnors at the National, UK tour and the Adelphi, Seussical at the Arts Theatre and The Who’s Tommy at the Prince Edward Theatre. David also reached the semi-finals of Superstar on ITV. Jill Winternitz trained at UCLA, the Moscow Art Theatre School and RADA. She made her West End debut as Baby in Dirty Dancing at the Piccadilly Theatre and on tour. Once won two awards at last month's Olivier Awards including Outstanding Achievement in Music, and scooped 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical in 2012. Based on the Oscar-winning film, the show is directed by John Tiffany  with a book by Enda Walsh and  music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglov. The full cast from 12 May also includes Fiona Bruce (Baruska), Jamie Cameron (Emcee) Mark Carlisle (Da), Matthew Ganley (Svec), Mathew Hamper (Andre), Daniel Healy (Eamon), Loren O’Dair (Reza), Miria Parvin (Ex-girlfriend), Tim Prottey-Jones (Billy) and Jez Unwin (Bank Manager). Alternating the role of Girl’s young daughter Ivanka will be Juliana Cotton, Demi Lee, Gemma Loader and Ruby Payne. BOOK Book tickets to ONCE at the Phoenix Theatre
Photos: Once at the Phoenix Theatre
Production photos of Once at the Phoenix Theatre [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Once at the Phoenix Theatre[/caption] 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 Viewing this on a tablet or mobile? Click here to see photos BOOK Book tickets to Once at the Phoenix Theatre in London
Declan Bennett And Zrinka Cvitešić To Lead Cast In West End Production Of Eight Time Tony Award-Winning Once
The Producers of the eight time Tony award-winning musical Once today announce that Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitešić will lead the cast as Guy and Girl respectively in John Tiffany’s West End production of the Broadway hit musical opening at the Phoenix Theatre in Spring 2013. The London production of Once will open at the Phoenix Theatre on 9 April, with previews from 16 March 2013 and is currently booking to 30 November 2013. Prior to its West End opening Once will run at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin from 22 February – 9 March 2013. Once has book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh. Based on the 2007 motion picture written and directed by John Carney, music and lyrics are by Academy Award® winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who, for Falling Slowly, won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Scenic and costume designs are by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Clive Goodwin, musical supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe and movement by Steven Hoggett. Having received the most nominations (35) in the 2012 theatre award season, Once went on to become the recipient of 21 awards, the most on Broadway that year. As well as winning eight Tony awards including Best New Musical, Once was named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards. The New York production of Once, the fastest Broadway musical to recoup in 16 years, opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in March 2012 where it continues to break box office records. Once will begin a US national tour launched by The Road Company in the summer of 2013. Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitešić will be 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. 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. Actor singer songwriter Declan Bennett (Guy) has appeared on Broadway and in the West End. His theatre credits include Rent and American Idiot on Broadway, Taboo at the Venue Theatre and It’s a Lovely Day Tomorrow and Our Day Out for the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. Following success as a member of the band Point Break, he released his first solo album The Painters Ball in 2005. Bennett’s most recent album Record: Breakup was released in April 2011 preceded by An Innocent Evening of Drinking in 2008. His film credits include Inside Llewyn Davis, Contagion and Downtown Express. Croatian born Zrinka Cvitešić (Girl), a theatre, film and television actor, has been a member of the Croatian National Theatre since 2005 where her roles included Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Irina in Three Sisters, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gwendoline in The Importance of Being Ernest, Lulu in Shopping and Fucking and Jenny in The Threepenny Opera. For her performance in What is a Man Without a Moustache? she won several awards including The Heart of Sarajevo Award and Best Actress Awards at the Sarajevo Film Festival, the Golden Arena Festival and the Pula Film Festival. For her performance as Luna in the award-winning On the Path she was named the Croatian Shooting Star at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival and also received a nomination in the Best Actress category at the 2010 European Film Awards. Her other film credits include The Horseman and most recently she won the Bernhard Wicki Award for Best Actress at the 2012 Münich Film Festival for her role in My Beautiful Country. In 2010 Cvitešić won Ples sa zvijezdama, the Croatian version of Dancing with the Stars. Valda Aviks’ (Baruska) theatre credits include Sweeney Todd for Chichester Festival Theatre and at the Adelphi Theatre, Into the Woods at Regent’s Park Theatre, Caroline or Change and Jerry Springer The Opera for the National Theatre, The Witches of Eastwick at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Beauty and the Beast at the Dominion Theatre and The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Her television credits include The Trip, Doctor Who and Bad Penny and on film her credits include Nightbreed. Ryan Fletcher’s (Svec) theatre credits include Blackwatch, Wolves in the Walls, The Wheel, Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us and Cockroach all for the National Theatre of Scotland, The Infamous Brothers of Davenport for the Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Beautiful Burnout for Frantic Assembly and The Last Witch for the Traverse Theatre Company. On television his credits include Gary: Tank Commander, Scottish Killers and Filthy Rich. His film credits include Meal Deal and Mary’s Ride. Aidan Kelly’s (Billy) theatre credits include Troilus and Cressida, Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice all for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Blasted and Have I None for the Lyric Hammersmith, The Man Who Had All The Luck for the Donmar Warehouse, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Antigone for the Gate Theatre and Doubt for the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. On television his credits include Ashes to Ashes, Murphy’s Law, Proof and On the Edge. His film credits include The Physician, Eden and Michael Collins. Michael O’Connor’s (Da) theatre credits include Animal Farm for Theatr Clwyd, The Seafarer and The Weir for Bolton Octagon, Peribanez for the Young Vic, Ghetto, Sunday in the Park with George and The Shaughraun for the National Theatre, The Tempest for the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Terrible Voice of Satan and The Knock for the Royal Court. His television credits include EastEnders, Law and Order, Dunkirk and Fallout. On film his credits include National Treasure and Book of Secrets. Miria Parvin’s (Ex Girlfriend) theatre credits include the international tour of Mamma Mia, Our House on tour, Footloose on tour and in the West End and Starlight Express on tour. She has performed in several productions with the Finnish National Opera including The Magic Flute. Jos Slovick’s (Andre) theatre credits include Lost in Yonkers for the Palace Theatre Watford, The Human Comedy for the Young Vic, Love Story for Chichester Festival Theatre and Spring Awakening at the Lyric Hammersmith and in the West End. His film credits include Les Miserables and The Addicted. Flora Spencer-Longhurst’s (Reza) theatre credits include The Importance of Being Earnest for the Theatre Royal Windsor, The Beggar’s Opera for Regent’s Park Theatre, Ghosts for the Young Vic and The Children’s Hour for the Royal Exchange Theatre. On television her credits include Father Brown, Leonardo, Unforgiven, Wallander, Losing It, The Family Man and Dalziel and Pascoe. Her film credits include Walking with the Enemy. Jez Unwin (Bank Manager) can currently be seen in the National Theatre production of The Magistrate. His West End credits include Ghost at the Piccadilly Theatre, Evita at the Adelphi Theatre and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the New London Theatre. His other theatre credits include The Light in The Piazza at the Curve, Martin Guerre for the Watermill Theatre and Pacific Overtures for Leicester Haymarket. Unwin has recently recorded his first album, Music for a While, a collection of new arrangements of classic Jazz songs. Gabriel Vick’s (Emcee) theatre credits include Chariots of Fire at the Gielgud Theatre, The Tempest for the Theatre Royal, Bath, Murder in the Cathedral for Oxford Playhouse, La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse, A Little Night Music for the Menier Chocolate Factory, Cabaret at the Lyric Theatre and Avenue Q at the Noel Coward Theatre. His television credits include White Van Man, EastEnders and My Family. On film his credits include Les Miserables and The Invisible Woman. Gareth O’Connor (Eamon) is making his West End debut in Once. His previous theatre credits include Irish tours of The Bus and Doughnuts. His television credits include Fair City and he is soon to feature in Channel 4’s The Intern. He can be seen in the film Agnes Browne. Enda Walsh is an Irish playwright living in London. He is the winner of numerous international awards and his work has been translated and produced worldwide. His recent plays include Misterman, Penelope, The New Electrical Ballroom and The Walworth Farce. His other plays include Chatroom, The Small Things, Bedbound and Disco Pigs. On film his work includes Hunger which was the winner of the Camera d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival as well as being BAFTA nominated. Walsh was awarded with the Tony Award and the Outer Critic Circle Award for his work on Once. John Tiffany won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Awards for his work on Once. For his production of Black Watch he won the Laurence Olivier and Critics' Circle Best Director Awards as well as a Scotsman Fringe First, a Herald Angel and a Critics’ Award for Theatre in Scotland. Tiffany was Associate Director for the National Theatre of Scotland from 2005 to 2012 where his productions included Macbeth, Enquirer, Peter Pan, The House of Bernarda Alba, Transform Caithness: Hunter, Be Near Me, Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us, The Bacchae, Black Watch, Elizabeth Gordon Quinn and Home Glasgow. His other work includes The Glass Menagerie (A.R.T.), Jerusalem for West Yorkshire Playhouse, Las Chicas del Tres y Media Floppies at the Granero Theatre, Mexico City and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, If Destroyed True, Mercury Fur and The Straits for Paines Plough, and Gagarin Way, Abandonment, Among Unbroken Hearts, Perfect Days and Passing Places for the Traverse, Edinburgh. From 1997-2001 Tiffany was Literary Director at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and from 2001 to 2005 was Associate Director at Paines Plough Theatre Company. During 2010-11 Tiffany was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. Glen Hansard’s film credits are The Commitments and Once. His albums include Strict Joy, the Academy Award® winning soundtrack of Once, The Swell Season, The Cost, Burn the Maps, Set List: Live in Dublin, For the Birds, Dance the Devil, Fitzcarraldo and Another Love Song. Markéta Irglová’s film credit is Once. Her albums include The Swell Season, the Academy Award® winning soundtrack of Once, Strict Joy and Anar. Once was originally developed at the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, Massachusetts) in April 2011. A developmental run of Once at New York Theatre Workshop began performances in November 2011. The production went on to break box office records and concluded a sold out engagement including a two week extension. The Oscar winning independent Irish film was shot in 17 days and was made for $150,000. It went on to gross $20m worldwide becoming a critically acclaimed international smash. The soundtrack was nominated for two Grammy Awards. The original cast recording of Once is available via Masterworks Broadway, a label of Sony Masterworks - www.MasterworksBroadway.com The Producers of the West End production are Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf and Michael Rose Limited in association with New York Theatre Workshop. Release issued by: Premier PR LINKS Book tickets to ONCE at the Pheonix Theatre in London
Tony Award-winner ONCE to open at Phoenix Theatre in London
THIS SHOW IS NOW BOOKING - CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS Broadway musical Once to make its West End debut at the Phoenix Theatre this March. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] The Broadway production of ONCE - transferring to London[/caption] It was the surprise hit at this year's Tony Awards, sweeping up 8 gongs including Best Musical. And now the Broadway production of Once, based on the movie, will open in the West End this Spring. John Tiffany’s production will open at the Phoenix Theatre on 16 March 2013, produced by Bond movie producer Barbara Broccoli amongst others. The show will make a stop at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin from 22 February until the 9 March 2013 en route to the West End. The show has a book by Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh, with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová based on the movie written and directed by John Carney. Set and costumes will be by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Clive Goodwin, musical supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe and movement by Steven Hoggett. Casting is still under way for the show. Once is billed as a celebration of love, friendship and music and charts an Irish busker who meets a young Czech mother through their shared love of music. Their songwriting sparks a deep connection and a tender, unexpected romance. LINKS THIS SHOW IS NOW BOOKING - CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS Book tickets to Once at the Phoenix Theatre Tony Award 2012 winners

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