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Once

March 23rd - March 28th

 

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). 

AGE RECOMMENDATION 10+ (contains one moment of strong language)

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

“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” New York Post

★★★★ “It’s funny, its truthful, it sings” The Times

“A love affair with music… fresh and unexpected” The New York Times
Oncethemusicalonstage.com

Production Photographs by Mark Senior

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Details

Start:
March 23rd
End:
March 28th
Event Category:

Venue

Festival Theatre
Grange Road
Malvern, WR14 3HB

Other

Price:
Mon eve & Wed Mat: £41.44, £39.20, £35.84, £32.48 & £29.12
Tues-Thurs Eves & Sat Mat: £43.68, £41.44, £38.08, £34.72 & £31.36
Fri & Sat Eves: £45.92, £43.68, £40.32, £36.96 & £33.60
Concessions & members’ discounts apply
Under 26s £8.96
Prices include 12% booking fee
Show Times:
Evenings at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

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