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.

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).

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*****

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

“This show wins standing ovations the old-fashioned way: with a love story, great songs, compelling characters and inventive stagecraft. At this point in broadway history, this feels downright revolutionary”

****

"It's funny, its truthful, it sings"

“An exquisite reminder of theater's singular capacity to transport us”

****

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

****

"Charmingly funny and affecting"

“A love affair with music… fresh and unexpected”

Awards

Academy Award

80th Academy Awards

Best Original Song

Grammy Award

2013 Grammy Award

Best Musical Theater Album

Tony Award

2012 Tony Award

Best Musical

Tony Award

2012 Tony Award

Best Book Of A Musical

Drama Desk Award

2012 Drama Desk Award

Outstanding Musical

Laurence Olivier Award

2014 Laurence Olivier Award

Outstanding Achievement In Music

Tour Dates 2019-20

More theatres to be announced

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Cast

  • Emma LuciaGirl
  • Daniel HealyGuy
  • To be announcedDa
  • To be announcedSvejc
  • To be announcedBaruska
  • To be announcedEamon
  • To be announcedReza
  • To be announcedAndrej
  • To be announcedBilly
  • To be announcedEx-girlfriend
  • To be announcedBank Manager
  • To be announcedEmcee

Creatives

Press Reviews

  • ★★★★★

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

  • “This show wins standing ovations the old-fashioned way: with a love story, great songs, compelling characters and inventive stagecraft. At this point in broadway history, this feels downright revolutionary”

  • ★★★★

    “It's funny, its truthful, it sings”

  • “An exquisite reminder of theater's singular capacity to transport us”

  • ★★★★

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

  • “A love affair with music... fresh and unexpected”

  • ★★★★

    “Charmingly funny and affecting”

  • “Magical”

  • ★★★★

    “You must have a heart of stone if you’re not moved by Once”

  • “Gorgeous”

  • ★★★★

    “So moving you will want to see this production more than Once”

  • “Beautiful”

  • “A wonderfully touching and amusing evening’s entertainment”

  • “Passionate”

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Audience Reactions

  • “Absolutely wonderful evening in the theatre. Unforgettable! A cast as talented as it is possible to imagine. Production values of the highest order. Huge congratulations to all concerned. You brought joy into all our lives.”

  • “What an incredible performance! Amazingly talented cast and production - would definitely see this again. A well deserved standing ovation.”

  • “Absolutely fab - u - lous darlings!! Wonderful talent and energy. Enjoyed every minute. Congratulations. A fantastic show.”

  • “This is an astounding evening’s entertainment with musical performances to make your hair stand on end. An incredibly talented cast ensure that a truly wonderful evening is in store. Go and see it. I guarantee you won’t regret it!”

  • “Excellent show. Daniel Healy and Emma Lucia are perfect in their roles, delivering powerful, emotional performances. Thoroughly deserved standing ovation tonight.”

  • “WOW! Absolutely fantastic! Such a talented group of people, with such energy and passion, taking you on this journey in this beautiful theatre. Standing ovation on opening night so everyone else felt the same as me. Go see it!”

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Awards

Academy Award

80th Academy Awards

Best Original Song

Grammy Award

2013 Grammy Award

Best Musical Theater Album

Tony Award

2012 Tony Award

Best Musical

Tony Award

2012 Tony Award

Best Book Of A Musical

Drama Desk Award

2012 Drama Desk Award

Outstanding Musical

Laurence Olivier Award

2014 Laurence Olivier Award

Outstanding Achievement In Music