The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical ONCE has extended its West End run at the Phoenix Theatre in London.
The show will now play until 4 July 2015, adding an additional 400,000 tickets for sale.
Winner of eight Tony Awards, ONCE is directed by John Tiffany and stars Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitešić.
The two leads will continue until 8 March 2014, when Declan Bennett will then join the cast of EastEnders to play Charlie Cotton, Dot Cotton’s grandson.
Declan Bennett said in a statement that: “In April last year I began what has been an incredible journey at the Phoenix Theatre playing the role of Guy in Once. This job has given me one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I will only have fond memories and great recollections of my time in the show. I am very excited to be embarking on a very different path in my career moving from stage to screen playing Charlie Cotton in the iconic BBC TV Soap EastEnders. I, of course, will miss treading the boards in the West End, but I am very much looking forward inhabiting my new East End role. I wish the new Once cast as much enjoyment and pleasure as I have experienced throughout my time with the show.”
Written by Enda Walsh based on the 2007 movie, the show features music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová.