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The New Wolsey Theatre and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch co-present Once
A guy, a girl and the song that brought them together. Winner of eight Tony Awards® in 2012, including BEST MUSICAL, Once tells the unforgettable story of a Dublin street musician and a funny Czech flower seller, drawn together by their shared love of music.
As they assemble a band from her wild Czech family and his quirky Irish mates, the craic grows, the music flows and they fall slowly in love. The ensemble of actor-musicians play their instruments live on stage, in a dynamic show that steals your heart.
Once is about what happens when you take chances and go for your dreams. Catch the show as it makes its regional premiere!
Contains Strong Language.
Emma trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, where she was awarded the Laurence Olivier Bursary, and graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) in 2017.
Credits include: St George and the Dragon (NT Studio/Workshop), Connections 2018 (NT Studio/Workshop), Everybody's Talking About Jamie (Demo Recording), Our Season's End (Workshop/Arts Theatre), Future Dreams (Savoy Hotel).
Most recently: her professional debut as Marilyn and understudied and played Carole and Cynthia in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (National Tour).
Daniel Healy is a critically acclaimed singer songwriter, musician, actor & creative. Originally hailing from Loch Lomond in Scotland. Daniel’s career has been a successful mix between acting and music.
Theatre Credits include: Backbeat (West End, Glasgow Citizen's Theatre, Toronto and Los Angeles). His performance as a young Paul McCartney was critically praised. Peter Pan ( Kings Theatre, Edinburgh ), and Roll Over Beethoven ( Queens Theatre, Hornchurch). Daniel Originally played Eamon in the West End production of ONCE as well as understudying the lead role of Guy for Aurthur Darville and Ronan Keating.
Television Credits include: Chewin' the fat, The Karen Dunbar Show, Taggart and River City.
His music career highlights include: In 2016, Healy signed a publishing deal with Concord Music Publishing who are based in Los Angeles / London. Their artist roster includes Mark Ronson, Marylin Manson, George Harrison, Evanescence, Andrew Lloyd Webber to name a few. Daniel Healy co-wrote six songs on multi-platinum artist Ronan Keating’s 2016 album 'Time Of My Life'. The album reached #3 on the UK album charts and included Healy’s co-written single 'Breathe', which topped the BBC Radio 2 Playlist.
Keep up to date with Dan by following him on social media @danhealymusic or at www.danhealymusic.com
Pete is thrilled to back at the New Wolsey after playing Bobby Robson in Our Blue Heaven earlier this year.
Other theatre credits include: Beyond the End of the Road (November club); The Tempest (Improbable/Northern Stage); Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Dick Whittington, Cinderella and Peter Pan (Theatre Royal Newcastle); Midsummer Songs (New Wolsey Theatre); Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk (The City Varieties Leeds) and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (360 Productions)
Two seasons with the RSC in Stratford, Newcastle and New York. He spent 15 years with the Northern Stage ensemble based at the old Playhouse Theatre appearing in many productions, touring nationally and internationally.
His TV credits include Byker Grove (BBC/Zenith); Emmerdale, YTV, Harry, Spender and The Parables (BBC); The Bobby Thompson Story and Show People (Planet North)
Film: Detective Harrigan (Tall Tree Productions)
Lloyd trained at Rose Bruford College.
Lloyd’s Theatre credits include: The Jungle Book (Royal and Derngate Northampton & UK Tour), Worst Wedding Ever (Salisbury Playhouse and Tour), Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre, West End), Nicobobinus (Dumbwise/UK Tour), Saturday Night (Arts Theatre, West End), Our House (New Wolsey Theatre/UK Tour),The Story Giant (Shanty Theatre Company), Faust (Greenwich Theatre), Anyone Can Whistle (Jermyn Street), Pinocchio (Tolmen Centre), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Sweeney Todd, Romeo and Juliet, David Copperfield, White Nights and The Nose and Harmless (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), Fewer Emergencies (Deptford Albany), Grimethorpe Race (Arcola) and Treasure Island (UK Tour).
Susannah trained at Rose Bruford, earning a BA (Hons) in Actor Musicianship.
Theatre credits include: Oranges and Elephants (Hoxton Hall), Alice in Winterland (Rose Theatre Kingston), Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act (UK and International Tour), Diana of Dobson's (New Victoria, Newcastle), I Love Paris (Orange Tree, Richmond), Can't Buy Me Love and A Man of No Importance (both for Salisbury Playhouse), Widow Corney in Oliver!, Martin Guerre and Spend Spend Spend (all for Watermill Theatre), Business as Usual (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham), Sweeney Todd (English National Opera), Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music (Curve Theatre, Leicester), Fiddler on the Roof (UK Tour), Mother Courage (Library Theatre, Manchester), Cinderella and Aladdin (both for City Varieties, Leeds), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens), Chess (Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto), The Comedy of Errors (Stafford Shakespeare Festival), Guys and Dolls (New Wolsey Theatre), Animal Farm (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio (both for Theatre Royal, Margate), Man of La Mancha (Edinburgh Lyceum), Amadeus (Wilton's Music Hall), Pirelli in Sweeney Todd (UK Tour), Late Joys (Players’ Theatre London).
Theatre Credits Include: Much Ado About Nothing (Rose Theatre), The Beggar's Opera/ Alice in Wonderland (Storyhouse, Chester), The Plough and the Stars (National Theatre), The Rover (RADA), The Sugar Wife (RADA), Mrs Warren's Profession (RADA), The Merry Wives of Windsor (RADA), The Double Dealer (RADA), Thames Boat Play (RADA), The Tempest (RADA). Prometheus Bound (RADA), August Osage County (RADA), The Crucible (Golden Apples Players).
Radio Credits Include: Home Front Season 12 2017 (BBC Radio 4)
Kate completed an MA in English Lit and Music at Glasgow University before going on to drama training at Guildford School of Acting.
Theatre Credits include: Blonde (Rada Festival); Crazy For You (UK Tour); Ragtime (Charing Cross Theatre), The Likes of us (Workshop, Howard Panter Ltd.), Untold Stories (Watermill Theatre), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Sherman Theatre), Annie Get Your Gun (Theatre at the Mill), Much Ado About Nothing (Stafford Gatehouse), A Christmas Carol (Derby Theatre), Betty Blue Eyes (West Yorkshire Playhouse/UK Tour), Little Voice (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch), Love, Lies and Lust (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch), Craig Revel Horwood's Strictly Confidential (UK Tour), The Spring Season at the Queens Theatre Hornchurch 2012 which included Satin & Steel, Can't Pay Won't Pay, The Merchant Of Venice and Peter Pan, Chess (UK Tour and Toronto), Macbeth and Ajax (Riverside Studios), Cinderella (King’s Theatre, Glasgow), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Landor Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Teatro Fondamenta Nuove, Venice) and The Pajama Game (Union Theatre).
Kate has also worked with a variety of music artists in the UK as both a vocalist and violinist. She co-wrote the 2013 Edinburgh Festival hit play, 'From where I'm standing', for Delirium Theatre Company.
James trained as an Actor Musician at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Theatre Credits include: The Last Ship (UK Tour); My Fair Lady (The Mill at Sonning); The State Of Things (Brockley Jack Theatre); As You Like It (Mountview); The Nativity (Mountview); Oh What A Lovely War (Mountview).
West End: Jean Valjean Les Miserables (Queens/Palace Theatres), George The Drowsy Chaperone (Novello), Braithwaite Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace), Tom Jenkins Scrooge (Dominion), Admetus and Munkustrap Cats (New London), Me and My Girl (Adelphi).
Other theatre includes: Ursus The Grinning Man (Trafalgar Studios/Bristol Old Vic); Oxy and the Morons (New Wolsey); Annas Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park); Gyp Decarlo Jersey Boys (UK tour); Max Jackie the Musical (Dundee Gardyne); Khashoggi We Will Rock You (10th anniversary world tour); Judas Jesus Christ Superstar (Minack); Eddie/Dr Scott The Rocky Horror Show (European Tour); Frederick Trumper Chess, 20th Anniversary Concert (Oslo); Bill Austin Mama Mia (International Tour); The Man in Some Girls are Bigger than Others (Lyric Hammersmith, National Tour, Dublin); Mike Hot Pants (Oldham Coliseum); Cyrano de Bergerac Cold Moon Rising (Jermyn Street); Tom Jenkins Scrooge (National/European Tours); Mike Costa A Chorus Line (Derby Playhouse); Slap Hot Shoe Shuffle (National Tour); Gabey On the Town (National Tour); Joe Matchgirls (Bromley); A Month in the Country, The Rivals and Toad of Toad Hall (Liverpool Playhouse); Fiddler on the Roof (Liverpool Empire). Workshop From Here To Eternity.
Actor/Musician: Merlin in Sword In The Stone; Sarah the Cook Dick Whittington; Fleshcreep Jack & The Beanstalk, King Camelot Sleeping Beauty (Ipswich New Wolsey Rock Panto); Orin Little Shop Of Horrors (Birmingham Rep).
Film/TV: Alan London Road (Cuba Pictures), PC Harrison Poirot (LWT), Stuart Ambrose Wire in the Blood (Coastal); Colin Piper Merseybeat, (BBC); Gary Stephens The Bill, (Talkback).
Rachel trained at Bretton Hall.
Her theatre credits include: The Jungle Book (UK Tour); A Little Night Music (The Watermill); The Snow Queen (New Vic Theatre); The Hound of the Baskervilles (York Theatre Royal); A Flea In Her Ear (Tabard Theatre); Father Christmas (Lyric Hammersmith); Oliver! (The Watermill Theatre); and These Trees Are Made of Blood (Southwark Playhouse/Theatre Bench). She has also worked with Les Enfants Terribles on numerous occasions including shows such as The Imaginary Menagerie, Ernest and the Pale Moon and The Vaudevillains.
As a cellist, she has appeared on several television programmes including: Ed Harcourt Burberry Acoustic Session (Burberry); Michael Bublé on Strictly Come Dancing (ITV); Muse at the Brit Awards (ITV); and The Royal Variety Show (BBC).
Rachel is delighted to be appearing at the New Wolsey and to be making her return to Queen's Theatre Hornchurch with Once, having previously performed in Shakers, The Young Ones and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde.
Samuel trained at Rose Bruford College.
Recent credits include: An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre and Bath Theatre Royal), Electra (Dumbwise Theatre Company), Threepenny Opera, A Christmas Carol (Bolton Octagon), The Taming Of The Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Better Man (Young Vic), Rebecca (Kneehigh), Birdsong (UK Tour), Dandy Dick (UK Tour), A Man Of No Importance, The Recruiting Officer, Jack And The Beanstalk (Salisbury Playhouse), The Kissing Dance (Jermyn Street), Puss In Boots (Derby Theatre), St Finnegens Elbow, Dial M For Murgatroyd (Eastern Angles), A Rats Tale, The Story Giant, Salty Socks Of Dunkirk (Shanty Theatre Company), Macbeth, Beauty And The Beast (Fairgame), When The Lights Went Out (Stroud Theatre.)
Peter trained at Rose Bruford College.
Theatre credits include: The Commitments (West End & UK Tour), Romeo and Juliet (Watermill Theatre), Save + Quit (New Theatre Dublin), Eye of the Storm (Theatr na nÓg) and The Ballad of Rudy (Goblin Theatre)
Peter is the Artistic Director of the New Wolsey Theatre.
After training at the Thorndike Theatre, Peter became the Artistic Director for the Southampton-based Solent People’s Theatre and then Artistic Director for the London Bubble Theatre Company, touring London in a big top tent. He has held two other Artistic Directorships, at the Gateway Theatre, Chester and the Liverpool Everyman while freelance work has included productions for regional theatres and touring companies up and down the country. He has directed Boyband and Return to the Forbidden Planet in the West End and on national tours, together with his own musical, Leader of the Pack.
As Artistic Director of the New Wolsey Theatre, his productions have included Sweeney Todd, Perfect Days, Double Indemnity, A Family Affair, A Mad World My Masters, Leader of the Pack, The Good Companions, Neville’s Island, Stephen Sondheim’s Company, Sugar, The Price, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Vincent in Brixton, Blues in the Night, The Glass Menagerie, Laurel and Hardy, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus of Disapproval, Chimps, a new musical adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life, Noises Off, Up on the Roof , Guys and Dolls, Bedroom Farce, Mods And Rox, And Then The Dark, the UK National Tour of the Madness musical Our House, Miss Nightingale, a major revival of The Threepenny Opera, with co-director Jenny Sealey, Midsummer Songs, Feed The Beast, a new play by Steve Thompson, Sweet Charity, the Jason Robert Brown musical The Last Five Years and a touring production of Graham Linehan’s adaptation of The Ladykillers. Earlier this year he wrote and directed Our Blue Heaven, a play with music, celebrating Ipswich Town’s FA Cup victory forty years ago.
He has written ten record-breaking Christmas shows which are currently being produced annually at the New Wolsey Theatre, Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, and Leeds City Varieties. He wrote a musical about Ellie Greenwich, the writer of the great girl group songs of the sixties - Leader of the Pack – which has played at the New Wolsey and on two national tours. He has also written the books for Songs From a Hotel Bedroom, a setting of Kurt Weill songs produced at Watford Palace Theatre and the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House, and 20th Century Boy, a musical inspired by the life of Marc Bolan, which has played at the New Wolsey, The Belgrade, Coventry and on a major national tour. His original play Midsummer Songs, with music by Ben Goddard, premiered at the New Wolsey Theatre in 2014.
Libby trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has a 1st Class BA Hons degree in Theatre Design from Wimbledon School of Art. She designed extensively in the UK and abroad, venues include the West End, Birmingham Rep, The Crucible, The Wolsey, Nottingham Playhouse, Soho Theatre, Royal Court, Northcott Exeter, Bristol Old Vic, Bolton Octagon, Salisbury Playhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Riverside Studios, Hampstead Theatre, Tricycle, Stratford East, Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal, Belgrade Coventry, Bush Theatre and Manahattan Theatre Club New York. Libby designed The Mountaintop at Trafalgar Studios West End which was the winner of 2011 Olivier Award for Best Play.
Recent design credits include: Toast by Nigel Slater at the Lowry and |the Traverse, The Philanthropist, Trafalgar Studios West End, A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, New Wolsey Theatre, Daisy Pulls it Off, Park Theatre, Peter Pan, Misi Producciones Bogota Columbia, Fences, West End and Theatre Royal Bath, Sweet Charity and Guys and Dolls, Wolsey Theatre, Les Femmes Savantes, The Miser, Belgrade Theatre, Rudy’s Rare Records, Birmingham Rep and Hackney Empire, Propoganda Swing Belgrade and Nottingham Playhouse, Frankie and Johnny, Chichester Festival Theatre History Boys UK tour, Play Mas Orange Tree. Feed the Beast and Hysteria Birmingham Rep. Uk Tour of Mustapha Matura’s Three Sisters. For the Tricycle Theatre Gem of the Ocean, Blues for Mr Charlie, Radio Golf and The War Next Door. Blonde Bombshells of 1943 Hampstead Theatre and UK tour. Blest Be The Tie and What’s in the Cat, Royal Court
Future Projects include: Beauty and the Beast, Keswick, Dr Faustus, Sam Wanamker Theatre and Privacy Kilden Theatre, Norway.
Ben has musically directed countless rock ‘n’ roll shows in the UK and around the world. For the last 15 years, Ben has been working as MD for the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, on productions including Mods and Rox, Little Shop of Horrors, Made In Dagenham, Oxy and The Morons and 14 rock ‘n’ roll pantos including Red Riding Hood.
Composer credits: Midsummer Songs (NWT); a musical version of The Two Gentleman of Verona (Seoul); an original score for Macbeth (Barbados) and endless music for corporations worldwide. He has previously musically supervised the shows Jackie – the Musical and That’s Alright Mama (number one tours) and arranged music for the national tour of Tom: a Story of Tom Jones. He is also the musical director at EastEnders for the BBC.
Acting credits: Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet (the US national tour of the Broadway production, a part which he created for the West End production); Sunset Boulevard, Martin Guerre, Jesus Christ Superstar, Beautiful Game, The Mousetrap, Two Cities, Murderous Instincts, Old Big ‘Ead in the Spirit of The Man, The Good Intent and The Glass Menagerie (both at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); Over my Shoulder, Romeo and Juliet, Oh What a Lovely War, As You Like It, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Good Companions, Cinderella and Kiss The Sky.
Television and Film credits: Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Lt Walton in The Somme: From Defeat to Victory (BBC); Crispin Yates in Trial & Retribution (BBC); Neville in London Bridge (Carlton Television); Guy in Bugs (BBC) and Demon in Gulliver’s Travels with Jack Black.
Theatre credits include: Up on the Roof (Oldham Coliseum Theatre); Orpheus in the Underworld (Holland Park Opera); After Life, The Threepenny Opera and The Day After Tomorrow (National Theatre); Stephen Fry’s Cinderella (The Old Vic) My Best Friend (Hampstead Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors, The Entertainer, Romeo and Juliet, Pinocchio and Toad of Toad Hall (The Birmingham Rep); It’s a Wonderful Life, Little Shop of Horrors, Blues in the Night, A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum, Sugar, Laurel and Hardy and A Chorus of Disapproval (New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich); Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Happy End, Hosts of Rebecca, Sweeney Todd, Silas Marner, The Cavalcaders and Happy End (Theatre Clwyd); The Gambler, The Winter’s Tale and Frankie and Tommy (Liverpool Everyman); Guys and Dolls (Salisbury Playhouse).
Feature Films: Francesca often works with director Tim Burton. Their collaborations include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, Dark Shadows, Alice in Wonderland and most recently, the forthcoming Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. She worked with Steven Spielberg devising movement concepts for Jude Law and the robots in his film A.I. Artificial Intelligence and with Mike Leigh on Vera Drake and Topsy Turvy (for which she was nominated for Best Choreography in a film by the American Choreography Awards). Recent films include Our Kind of Traitor, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Muppets most Wanted, Gravity, Great Expectations, One Day, X-Men First Class, The Duchess, De Lovely, The Da Vinci Code, The Prince of Persia, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Me and Orson Welles, Clash of the Titans, Gulliver’s Travels, More Muppets, The Invisible Woman, Austenland and The Look of Love.
Television: Francesca has worked on Esio Trot, Murder on the Home Front, The Trip, Elizabeth the Virgin Queen, Tipping the Velvet and Hustle. Other productions include: The Vice, Foyle’s War, Sons and Lovers, In a Land of Plenty, Miss Marple and Alan Bleasdale’s Melissa.
Francesca has choreographed advertising campaigns for Scottish Widows, Sainsbury’s and Lynx.
James trained at the University of Derby graduating in BSc (Hons) Sound Light & Live Event Technology.
James has Sound Designed: Legally Blonde (London Studio Centre), Our Blue Heaven (New Wolsey Theatre), Up ‘n’ Under (Fingersmiths UK Tour 2018), Beauty & the Beast (Queens Theatre Hornchurch), Oxy & The Morons (New Wolsey Theatre), Arthur Pita: The World’s Greatest Show (Touring), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Youth Theatre Productionz), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Ipswich Operatic).
James has worked as Sound #1 on: Anita & Me (UK Tour 2017), Made in Dagenham (New Wolsey Co-Pro with Hornchurch), Jackie the Musical (UK Tour 2016), Sword in the Stone Rock & Roll Panto (New Wolsey Theatre), Sweet Charity (New Wolsey Theatre), Dick Whittington Rock & Roll Panto (New Wolsey Theatre), Midsummer Songs (New Wolsey Theatre), Beauty and the Beast Rock & Roll Panto (New Wolsey Theatre), Into the Woods (Gallery Players).
James has worked as Production Engineer on: Sinbad Rock & Roll Panto (New Wolsey Theatre) and Hairspray (Gallery Players).
★★★★“you must have a heart of stone if you’re not moved by Once”
★★★★“so moving you will want to see this production more than Once.”
“a great show if you like to laugh, cry, and enjoy some great ballads as well as some rolling, foot-tapping Irish folk-rock”
Absolutely wonderful evening in the theatre. Unforgettable! A cast as talented as it is possible to imagine. Production values of the highest order. Huge congratulations to all concerned. You brought joy into all our lives.
What an incredible performance! Amazingly talented cast and production - would definitely see this again. A well deserved standing ovation from a guilty house.
Absolutely fab - u - lous darlings!! Wonderful talent and energy. Enjoyed every minute. Congratulations. A fantastic show.
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