The new musical, Once, winner of eight 2012 Tony awards including Best New Musical, at the Phoenix Theatre is a celebration of love, friendship and music.
In Once 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. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together.
Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, Once is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty... and unforgettable in every way.
The book of Once is by the award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh, based on the 2007 Academy Award winning film, written and directed by John Carney with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. 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.
On Broadway Once won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. The production was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critic Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards.
★★★★★ "A quiet stunner of a show that overwhelms with its spirit, sincerity and solitude." Heat
★★★★ “If London audiences don't love it to bits, I disown them” The Times
★★★★ “Tiffany’s direction, Steven Hoggett’s choreography and the tremendous cast create an uplifting world in which music becomes all important and joyously communal: a refuge and a tonic for life’s casualties” Financial Times
★★★★ “Once is a genuine surprise, simple and affecting, and full of fresh music and a wonderful ensemble spirit” Whatsonstage.com
★★★★”Once wins you over with its simplicity, charm and air of sweet melancholy” The Guardian
★★★★ “Once has a delicate soulfulness and a truthful charm” Evening Standard
★★★★ “There’s real charm in this smart and varied production” Metro
★★★★ “With minimal props and in what feels like a cross between a concert and drama, John Tiffany has created a charmingly funny and affecting production” The Independent
The Once the Musical London cast is led by Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitesic as Guy and Girl respectively. Decylan Bennett has appeared on Broadway in Rent and American Idiot, while Zrinka Cvitesic has been a member of the Croatian National Theatre since 2005 and has won awards for her film work. The Cast also includes Valda Aviks, Ryan Fletcher, Aidan Kelly, Gareth O'Connor and Michael O'Connor. This cast will play until 8 March 2014. Subsequent cast to be announced.
Book your Once tickets today for this smash hit award winning show!