The Grinning Man
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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 Miserables).

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.
★★★★
"This stunning new British musical demands to be seen. I simply loved it."
The Times

★★★★
"As satisfying and heart-wrenching as anything you might see on stage at the moment."
What's On Stage

★★★★
"Shimmeringly romantic. It's a triumph" The Times

★★★★
"A dark-hearted Christmas treat" The Telegraph

★★★★
"The best British score in years." WhatsOnStage

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"Spectacular puppetry" The Telegraph

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"A gothic, dark world of magic and mayhem" WhatsOnStage

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"The puppets are astonishing" WhatsOnStage

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"A remarkable, entrancing achievement." WhatsOnStage

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"Stellar storytelling. Triumphant"
LondonTheatre.co.uk

"The best puppetry since War Horse" Mail on Sunday

"The best puppetry since War Horse"
Mail on Sunday

"Comic brilliance"
Daily Telegraph

"A dark delight"
Daily Mail

"Simply beautiful, utterly brilliant"
Bristol 24/7

"Burstingly fresh, a riot with a heart. An audacious gem of rare quality"
Big Issue

"Defies theatrical convention by keeping its hand on its heart and its tongue in its cheek"
Guardian

"The best British score in years"
What's On Stage
THE GRINNING MAN EXTENDS UNTIL 14 APRIL (9 JANUARY 2018)

London's new smash hit musical The Grinning Man, now playing at the Trafalgar Studios, has today announced a new extended booking period until 14 April.

This critically acclaimed, award-winning production transferred into the West End in December last year, following a hugely successful premiere at Bristol Old Vic, and has become an instant hit across the board - with a wealth of critics, bloggers and audiences raving about The Grinning Man's new London incarnation. The show receives huge praise and standing ovations at every single performance, with news of the riotous audience reaction spreading sensationally via word of mouth.

As with the Bristol run, the critics have heaped praise on the show too, with a wealth of glowing reviews for the London production. The Times said "the cast are outstanding", adding that "it's a triumph". The Observer hailed the production as "miraculous" and the Daily Telegraph raved about the "spectacular puppetry". The Sunday Express called it "brilliant production" and praised the "awe-inspiring" puppetry. What's On Stage sums it up: "It is a remarkable, entrancing achievement and a treat for anyone who likes their storytelling with plenty of dark magic thrown in."

As well as critics and the general public, celebrities and creative minds have also heaped praise on the show. Harry Enfield proclaimed "the whole thing is amazing", while Hannah Waddingham was "overwhelmed" by the production and Mel Giedroyc applauded the "beautiful score" which is "clever and haunting", declaring "I want to see it again". Simon Callow exclaimed the show is "spectacular, theatrical and exciting!"

The Grinning Man, directed by Tony award-winning Tom Morris (War Horse), features an "outstanding" cast (The Times). Led by Louis Maskell in the title role of Grinpayne and Sanne Den Besten as Dea, with Julian Bleach as vengeful clown Barkilphedro. Also starring are Sean Kingsley, Julie Atherton, Amanda Wilkin and Mark Anderson.

Based on the classic Victor Hugo (Les Miserables) novel The Man Who Laughs, this romantic gothic musical love story set in a fantastical world with a dark heart, is brought to life by Kneehigh writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase) and "powered by an outstanding score" (Sunday Times) by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler. The Grinning Man reunites Tom Morris with two puppeteers who began their careers inside Joey and Topthorn in the original production of War Horse - Finn Caldwell and Toby Olie - now leading their own puppetry company Gyre & Gimble.

The Grinning Man joins several other recent Bristol Old Vic hit shows transferring to the London stage, including Swallows & Amazons at the Vaudeville, Peter Pan and Jane Eyre at the National Theatre and Long Day's Journey Into Night starring Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville at the Wyndham's.

The Grinning Man is produced by Bristol Old Vic, Trafalgar Entertainment Group, Eilene Davidson, Richard O'Brien, David Adkin and Neil Laidlaw.



FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE GRINNING MAN'S WEST END TRANSFER (7 NOVEMBER 2017)

Full casting has been announced for the critically acclaimed production of The Grinning Man, directed by Tony award-winning Tom Morris (War Horse) and based on the classic Victor Hugo (Les Miserables) novel, The Man Who Laughs, which starts performances at the West End's Trafalgar Studios on 6 December.

Sean Kingsley (Les Miserables, Billy Elliot) and Ewan Black (Sleeping Beauty, The Merchant of Venice), who previously co-starred in the award-winning Bristol Old Vic production of the musical, have been confirmed to play Ursus and Trelaw in the West End premiere. Sanne den Besten (Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!), new to the cast, will play Dea, a blind woman who is the childhood friend and closest companion to the show's title character Grinpayne.

This updated production follows the critically acclaimed premiere of the show in autumn 2016 at Bristol Old Vic. Louis Maskell, who was recently nominated for Best Performance in a Musical for his role in the Bristol production, will again lead the cast in the title role of Grinpayne, the show's disfigured hero. Julian Bleach, who also starred in the Bristol season, plays the role of the deliciously corrupt court clown Barkilphedro.

Joining the cast are Mark Anderson (The Toxic Avenger), Julie Atherton (Avenue Q), Jim Kitson (Much Ado About Nothing), Sophia Mackay (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds her Chameleon Skin) and Amanda Wilkin (Hamlet). Completing the company are James Alexander-Taylor, Christina Bloom, Jonathan Cobb, Leo Elso, Claire-Marie Hall and Loren O'Dair.

The Grinning Man is a romantic gothic musical love story, set in a fantastical world with a dark heart, and brought to life by Kneehigh writer Carl Grose, with a score by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler. The show reunites Tom Morris with two puppeteers who began their careers inside Joey and Topthorn in the original production of War Horse - Finn Caldwell and Toby Olie - now leading their own brilliant puppetry company Gyre & Gimble.



GOTHIC MUSICAL THE GRINNING MAN TRANSFERS TO THE WEST END (24 OCTOBER 2017)

Following its world premiere in autumn 2016 at Bristol Old Vic, the critically acclaimed production of The Grinning Man transfers to the West End's Trafalgar Studios 1 for an open-ended from 5 December 2017. Tickets are now on sale.

This romantic gothic musical love story is directed by Tony award-winning Tom Morris (War Horse) and based on the classic Victor Hugo (Les Miserables) novel, The Man Who Laughs. It's set in a fantastical world with a dark heart brought to life by Kneehigh writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase), with a score by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler.

The cast is led by Louis Maskell, in the title role of Grinpayne, and Julian Bleach, who plays Barkilphedro, a vengeful clown with a heart of lead, both reprising their roles from the Bristol run. Macabre, magical and visually astonishing, this ultimately elating love story is a distinctive delight that barges through the gateway carved by the Nineties cult hit Shockheaded Peter with the full-blooded emotion of Les Miserables.

The Grinning Man reunites Tom Morris with two puppeteers who began their careers inside Joe and Topthorn in the original production of War Horse - Finn Caldwell and Toby Olie - now leading their own puppetry company Gyre & Gimble.

The production will be presented in a specially configured space in Trafalgar Studios. The Grinning Man underlines Trafalgar Entertainment's on-going commitment to staging new work. This production joins several other recent Bristol Old Vic hit shows in transferring to the London stage, including Swallows & Amazons at the Vaudeville, Peter Pan and Jane Eyre at the National Theatre and Long Day's Journey Into Night starring Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville at the Wyndham's opening early 2018.











Information
Type of production: Musical

Opened: 05 December 2017

Booking until: 14 April 2018

Running time: 2 Hours 40 Mins

Prices: £20.00 - £126.00

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