The Grinning Man
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Following its hugely successful premiere at Bristol Old Vic where it received nightly standing ovations, the critically acclaimed The Grinning Man transfers to the West End for a limited season only.

From Tony Award-winning director Tom Morris (War Horse) and Kneehigh writer Carl Grose, 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.

Featuring "an outstanding score" (Sunday Times) by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, and set in a fantastical world brought to life with the visually stunning puppetry of Gyre & Gimble, the original War Horse puppeteers, and designer Jon Bausor (Bat Out of Hell).

The Grinning Man invites you to be seduced by the darkness from 6 December.
"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
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.







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Type of production: Musical

Opened: 05 December 2017

Booking until: 17 February 2018

Running time: To Be Confirmed

Prices: £20.00 - £126.00

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