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Once the Musical

Monday 6 April - Saturday 11 April 2020 Musical Theatre
Book Now Tickets £17.50 to £49.50

A Broadway and West End hit musical that’s a ravishing love story with a bittersweet difference, Once casts a spell over the audience just as its two lead characters cast a spell over each other.

Based on a cult 2006 Irish indie feature, originally shot on a micro-budget of just $160,000, it tells the uplifting yet yearning story of a part-time Dublin guitarist busker (who works by day in his dad’s Hoover repair shop) who falls unexpectedly in love with a young Czech immigrant fellow musician. As we follow their relationship across five short days, big changes happen to both of them in little ways.

As conjured by a score of original Irish-inflected songs, written by the original stars of the film Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, the atmosphere is partly a busked concert and partly an aching romance that feels both spontaneous and freshly minted. The music, played live by the actors themselves, is alternately beautiful and rousing, and Enda Walsh’s script quietly overwhelms with its sense of spirit, sincerity and solitude.

There’s no other show quite like it. It’s the most unusual, unique and affecting musical you’re ever likely to see. It has a spontaneous free-form improvisatory vitality, yet it is also emotionally precise in the understated air of longing that anyone who has ever been in love will recognise instantly.

And audiences will fall head over heels in love with the show, too. Once is a genuine one-off which you’ll need to see at least once — but it’s also unlikely to be your last time, as you’ll want to see it again (and again).

Venue: Theatre Royal

Important Information

Age guidance 10+. Contains one moment of strong language.

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Royal Members
All tickets two for the price of one on Monday 7.30pm, excluding Balcony tickets. Tuesday to Thursday 7.30pm & Wednesday 2pm all tickets £35 in the Stalls & Upper Circle.

Under 16s
All tickets £35 in the Stalls & Upper Circle for Monday to Thursday 7.30pm & Wednesday 2pm.

16-25 Year Olds
All tickets £35 in the Stalls & Upper Circle for Monday to Thursday 7.30pm & Wednesday 2pm.

Groups 10+
All tickets £35 in the Stalls & Upper Circle for Monday to Thursday 7.30pm & Wednesday 2pm for groups of 10+ plus the 11th ticket free. Please contact our Group Sales team on 0115 721 0622 to book.

 

 

“This is the most unique musical in town. Seeing it once is not enough; I'll be returning again and again"

Sunday Express

"It's funny, it’s truthful, it sings"

The Times

"Wins you over with its simplicity, charm and air of sweet melancholy"

The Guardian

"Charmingly funny and affecting"

The Independent

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Monday

6 April

7:30pm

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Tuesday

7 April

7:30pm

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8 April

2:00pm

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Wednesday

8 April

7:30pm

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