The Grinning Man is at Trafalgar Studios with initial booking from 5th December 2017 through to Saturday 17th February 2018.
The cast will be led by Louis Maskell and Julian Bleach, who will reprise the roles of Grinpayne and Barkilphedro during the London run.
Cracked hearts. Strange fates. Impossible dreams.
The King is dead, but who the hell cares? A strange new act has arrived at the Stokes Croft fair, a grotesque oasis of entertainment.
Soon everyone from the gutter rats to the new Queen has fallen for the handmade freak Grinpayne and his hideously beautiful face. But who is he really? And how did he come to be so marked? Together with an old man, a blind girl and a wolf, he has a story to tell. A tale so tragic and so strange that not even he can guess how it will end.
The Grinning Man is a brand new tragicomic musical directed by Tom Morris and based on The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo. Brought to life by writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase) featuring a sensational original score by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler and puppetry from Gyre and Gimble, the original puppeteers of War Horse, don’t miss this hot ticket!
The Grinning Man
A Bristol Old Vic Production
The Grinning Man
13 Oct-13 Nov
7.30pm, 2.30pm (Sat mats)
Contains dark subject matter with some scenes of a sexual nature, violence and swearing.
Running time: 2hours, 50mins including a 20min interval
Book Carl Grose
Lyrics Carl Grose, Tom Morris, Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler
Music Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler
Director Tom Morris
Set Designer Jon Bausor
Costume Designer Jean Chan
Movement Director Jane Gibson
Puppetry Design and Direction Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié for Gyre & Gimble
Lighting Designer Richard Howell
Sound Designer Simon Baker
Music Supervisor Tom Deering
Casting Director Will Burton CDG
Onstage Musical Director Tarek Merchant
Associate Director Ben Woolf
Rehearsal Photography Simon Annand
Cast: Stuart Angell, Alice Barclay, Stu Barker, Ewan Black, Julian Bleach, Audrey Brisson, Pete Flood, David Guy, Ross Hughes, Sean Kingsley, Patrycja Kujawksa, Louis Maskell, Tarek Merchant, Stuart Neal, Gloria Obianyo, Gloria Onitiri.
Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm