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Louis Maskell (Grinpayne) and San den Besten (Dea) in The Grinning Man (Photo: Helen Maybanks)

The Grinning Man smiles on audiences with final new booking period

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson Published 22 March 2018

Gothic and beautiful new British musical The Grinning Man has announced a final extended three week booking period until 5 May.

Inviting West End audiences into its fantastical world at Trafalgar Studios since December, The Grinning Man has enjoyed an acclaimed run in London, and has extended one final time in order to allow theatregoers their very last chance to witness its spectacle for themselves.

The Grinning Man is based on the classic Victor Hugo (writer of Les Misérables) novel, The Man Who Laughs. The musical is brought to vivacious life by Kneehigh writer Carl Grose, composer and lyricists Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, director Tom Morris, and two of the original War Horse puppeteers, Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié.

One day, a strange new act arrives at the fairground. At first paraded as a freak, and then celebrated as a star, can he find true love in the sightless girl, the only person who can see him for what he is? Helped by an old man, a lone wolf and a blind girl, his story must be told.

Gyre & Gimble puppetry in The Grinning Man (Photo: Helen Maybanks)

Gyre & Gimble puppetry in The Grinning Man (Photo: Helen Maybanks)

On top of critical acclaim, the show has also attracted great praise from numerous celebrities, with Graham Norton exclaiming: “What a magical, moving, funny treat of a show it is!”, while Harry Enfield said “the whole thing is amazing.”

The Grinning Man is the latest in a line of recent Bristol Old Vic hit shows which have transferred to the London stage, including Swallows & Amazons at the Vaudeville, Peter Pan and Jane Eyre at the National Theatre, and the currently-playing Long Day’s Journey Into Night. starring Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville at Wyndham’s Theatre.

Don’t miss the macabre, magical and visually astonishing show – book The Grinning Man tickets here.


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