Once

Showing from Mon 24 — Sat 29 Feb
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A Broadway and West End hit musical that's a ravishing love story with a bittersweet difference, Once casts a spell over the audience just as its two lead characters cast a spell over each other.

Based on a cult 2006 Irish indie feature, originally shot on a micro-budget of just $160,000, it tells the uplifting yet yearning story of a part-time Dublin guitarist busker (who works by day in his dad's Hoover repair shop) who falls unexpectedly in love with a young Czech immigrant fellow musician. As we follow their relationship across five short days, big changes happen to both of them in little ways.

As conjured by a score of original Irish-inflected songs, written by the original stars of the film Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, the atmosphere is partly a busked concert and partly an aching romance that feels both spontaneous and freshly minted. The music, played live by the actors themselves, is alternately beautiful and rousing, and Enda Walsh's script quietly overwhelms with its sense of spirit, sincerity and solitude.

There's no other show quite like it. It's the most unusual, unique and affecting musical you're ever likely to see. It has a spontaneous free-form improvisatory vitality, yet it is also emotionally precise in the understated air of longing that anyone who has ever been in love will recognise instantly.

And audiences will fall head over heels in love with the show, too. Once is a genuine one-off which you'll need to see at least once -- but it's also unlikely to be your last time, as you'll want to see it again (and again).


Cast & Creatives

Dan Healy — Guy

Emma Lucia — Girl

Ellen Chivers — Riza

Susannah Van Den Berg — Baruska

Lloyd Gorman — Svec

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).

Samuel Martin — Bank Manager

James William-Patterson — Andrej

Dan Bottomley — Billy

Matt Burns — Eamon

David Haywood — Emcee

Rosalind Ford — Ex-Girlfriend

Peter Peverley — Da

 

 

Emma Fraser — Onstage swing

Hannah Khogoli — Onstage Swing

Conor McFarlane — Onstage Swing

Sean Keany — Onstage Swing



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Reviews of Once

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The folk score (composed by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová), played by a cast of incredible actor-musicians, will be sure to tug on your heartstrings.

Whats On Stage

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Musical Theatre Review

★ ★ ★ ★

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Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Wednesday 26 Feb 2020

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Very limited availability!
Only 15 tickets left, and it’s unlikely we’ll have seats together.

 

The is the best current price across all performances on this show.

Premium5 Tickets LeftBand A8 Tickets LeftBand B2 Tickets LeftBand CSold Out
Full Price£34.00£30.00£26.00£12.00
Disabled£34.00£30.00£26.00£12.00
Disabled Companion£34.00£30.00£26.00£12.00
Aged Under 26£12.00£12.00£12.00£12.00
Audio Described User£26.00£26.00£26.00£12.00
Disabled Aged Under 26£12.00£12.00£12.00£12.00
Wednesday 26 Feb 2020 at 19.45

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Thursday 27 Feb 2020

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Premium2 Tickets LeftBand ASold OutBand BSold OutBand CSold Out
Full Price£38.00£34.00£30.00£12.00
Disabled£38.00£34.00£30.00£12.00
Disabled Companion£38.00£34.00£30.00£12.00
Aged Under 26£12.00£12.00£12.00£12.00
Audio Described User£30.00£30.00£30.00£12.00
Disabled Aged Under 26£12.00£12.00£12.00£12.00
Friday 28 Feb 2020

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Ridiculously limited availability!
There is only one ticket left for this performance!

 

The is the best current price across all performances on this show.

PremiumSold OutBand ASold OutBand BLast Ticket!Band CSold Out
Full Price£38.00£34.00£30.00£12.00
Disabled£38.00£34.00£30.00£12.00
Disabled Companion£38.00£34.00£30.00£12.00
Aged Under 26£12.00£12.00£12.00£12.00
Audio Described User£30.00£30.00£30.00£12.00
Captioning User£30.00£30.00£30.00£12.00
British Sign Language User£30.00£30.00£30.00£12.00
Disabled Aged Under 26£12.00£12.00£12.00£12.00
Saturday 29 Feb 2020 at 14.30

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Saturday 29 Feb 2020 at 19.45

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