Following its hugely successful premiere at Bristol Old, the critically acclaimed new musical The Grinning Man has transferred to the West End and “demands to be seen” (The Times).
From Tony Award-winning director Tom Morris (War Horse), Kneehigh writer Carl Grose and featuring “an outstanding score” (Sunday Times) by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, The Grinning Man is a magical reimagining of the classic novel by Victor Hugo (Les Misérables).
A strange new act has arrived at the fairground. Who is Grinpayne and how did he get his hideous smile? Paraded as a freak, then celebrated as a star, only the love of a sightless girl can reveal his terrible secret.
Set in a fantastical world created by designer Jon Bausor (Bat Out of Hell), and brought to life with the “astonishing puppetry” (What’s on Stage) of Gyre & Gimble, the original War Horse puppeteers, The Grinning Man invites you to be seduced by the darkness at the Trafalgar Studios.
Co-stars of the original Old Vic show Sean Kingsley (Les Misérables, Billy Elliot) and Ewan Black (Sleeping Beauty, The Merchant of Venice), return to their roles in this West End premiere with some exciting additions to the cast including Sanne den Besten (Les Misérables, Mamma Mia!). Louis Maskell (My Fair Lady, West Side Story), recently nominated for Best Performance in a Musical for his role in the Bristol Old Vic production, will again lead the cast in the title role of Grinpayne, the show’s disfigured hero.
Come and be seduced by the macabre, magical and visually ravishing world of The Grinning Man!
“Defies theatrical convention by keeping its hand on its heart and its tongue in its cheek." The Guardian
“Burstingly fresh, a riot with a heart. An audacious gem of rare quality." Big Issue
“The best British score in years." What’s On Stage
“Simply beautiful, utterly brilliant." Bristol 24/7