Ronan Keating and Jill Winternitz as Guy and Girl lead the cast in Once The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre until 21 March 2015 when the production will complete its West End run prior to a European tour. Keating joined the internationally award-winning Once in November last year.
Based on the much-loved Oscar-winning film, Once bursts onto the stage with a musical celebration of love, friendship and Irish music performed by cast of actor/musicians. A chance encounter between a girl and guy from different worlds but with a shared love of music and songwriting sparks a deep connection and a tender, unexpected romance.
The West End production of Once opened in April 2013 and went on to win the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. The critically acclaimed Australian production of Once opened at the Princess Theatre in Melbournelast year. The Broadway production, winner of 8 Tony awards including Best Musical, played at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre until 4 January 2015 where it ran for three successful years. The US tour, now in its second year, continues and later this year will make a visit to Japan. A Toronto production opens in February and the first non-English language production will open in Seoul, South Korea in December 2015. Also in development are productions in Sweden, Brazil, Holland, Greece, The Czech Republic, Thailand, Ireland, along with a Japanese language production.
Once has book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh. Based on the 2007 motion picture written and directed by John Carney, music and lyrics are by Academy Award® winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who, for Falling Slowly, won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Directed for the stage by John Tiffany, Once has scenic and costume designs by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Clive Goodwin, musical supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe and movement by Steven Hoggett. Once won the 2013 Grammy award for Best Musical Theatre album. The Martin Guitar Company is the proud sponsor of Once. The original cast recording of Once is available via Masterworks Broadway, a label of Sony Masterworks – www.MasterworksBroadway.com
The Producers of the West End production are Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf and Michael Rose in association with New York Theatre Workshop.
LISTINGS INFORMATION FOR ONCE
Theatre: Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP
Dates: until 21 March 2015
Press night: Tuesday 25 November 2014 at the Phoenix Theatre
Performances: Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees 2.30pm
Prices: £72.50 – £19.50, plus concessions, all ticket prices include a restoration levy
Box Office: 0844 871 7629