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Trafalgar Theatre, London4.7128 reviews
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Extended 3 weeks, The Grinning Man must end 5 May. Do not miss your last chance to see this tremendous new musical!

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.

London’s critically acclaimed new British musical The Grinning Man, now playing at the Trafalgar Studios, has announced a final extended three week booking period until 5 May. This is the very last chance for West End audiences to see this adored, award-winning production set in a fantastical world with a dark heart. Directed by Tony-award winning Tom Morris (War Horse) The Grinning Man has enchanted audiences again and again, receiving wildly enthusiastic standing ovations at every performance.

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).

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.

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.

Book The Grinning Man tickets now to avoid disappointment. Absolutely must end 5 May.

“This stunning new British musical demands to be seen. I simply loved it” The Times
“Best puppetry since War Horse”  Mail on Sunday
“As satisfying and heart-wrenching as anything you might see on stage at the moment”  What’s On Stage
“Sure to make you laugh and weep”  Gay Times
“Fabulously theatrical”  The Observer

Additional Information

Running time

2hr 50min (including interval)

Performance dates

6 December 2017 - 5 May 2018


Recommended for brave 12 year olds and above. Please note this play contains dark subject matter with some scenes of a sexual nature, violence and swearing.

Special notes

Venue Information

Trafalgar Theatre14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY

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Customer Reviews

128 reviews4.7

Lucinda Morton7th May

Brilliant - loved it, great characters & humour.

Alan Baker28th April

A fantastic show from beginning to end. Brilliant!

Aleksandra Jaloszynska28th April

It is a very touching, emotional and full of unexpected twists show. Darkness sparkled with humour. Very real but theatrical at the same time. MAGICAL!

Milan Novotny23rd April

This was the best show I have seen so far in my life. Amazing cast delivered a breathtaking (from both laughter and tears of sympathy) performance. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

Stephanie Kuersten18th April

This show sucked me in and wrapped me up. Incredible performances by everyone involved, the puppets came alive (and not in the spooky horror movie way), and the songs were great. Loved the twists, and the interactions with the audience were a great treat. I hope they manage to make a CD of the show, that would be great to have to re-listen to after its run has ended. Oh and the (surprise) Q&A session after the show with the producer and lyricist was a great session, very informative and engaging and fun.

Erick Reickert18th April

An imaginative and creative play with terrific actors, music, and choreography. Our high seats made the sound not always audible and looking down on the puppeteers who sang behind the characters made them too visible thus sometimes distracting. Great use of the stage and entire house for dramatic effects. The leads were outstanding

Jolanta Uzolnik18th April

Beautiful and amusing experience!

Mireia Asensio16th April

beautifully acted, beautiful songs, the staging is awesome. I could see it again!!

John F13th April

Loved it! Great acting and singing, amazingly clever puppetry and an all round good show!

Malwina Pokusinska12th April

Stunning. Bright. Visual. Hectic. Serious and with an edge of humour. The stagework was mesmerizing. If you are in seats close to the stage, trust me they will be worth every penny.

Lucy Johnston10th April

Absolutely loved evey minute.

Suzanne Bailey6th April

A wonderful mesmerising show, loved the use of the space.