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Once The Musical – Busking Competition

Daniel Healy as Guy - Once UK Tour - Photo Mark Senior.
Daniel Healy as Guy – Once UK Tour – Photo Mark Senior.

Are you a busker? Would you like to swap the streets of Brighton for the plush surroundings of Theatre Royal Brighton?

Theatre Royal Brighton are seeking buskers to play in the bars of the Theatre during the run of Once the musical in April.

Based on the critically acclaimed and much-loved film, Once tells the uplifting yet yearning story of two lost souls – a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician. Celebrated for its original score including the Academy Award-winning song Falling Slowly, Once is a spellbinding musical filled with live music, from lush ballads to barnstorming reels.

To enter the competition simply video yourself busking a song from the musical Once and post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to tag Theatre Royal Brighton in your post and use the hashtag #BuskOnceBrighton. The video can take place anywhere, from the streets of Brighton to your own bedroom.

Three brilliant buskers (soloists or bands) will be selected to entertain audiences during the run from Monday 20 – Saturday 25 April. The closing date is Friday 3 April 2020.

Based on the critically acclaimed and much-loved film, Once tells the uplifting yet yearning story of two lost souls – a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician – who unexpectedly fall in love.

Following their relationship across five short days, big changes happen to both of them in little ways. Celebrated for its original score including the Academy Award-winning song Falling Slowly, Once is a spellbinding and uplifting story of hopes and dreams.

Once embarks on its first major UK tour after acclaimed runs on Broadway and in the West End, and having won awards across the world including the Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, eight Tony Awards and an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Daniel Healy and Emma Lucia return to the roles of Guy and Girl after receiving critical and audience acclaim in the production’s premiere last year at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. Daniel Healy is a singer-songwriter, musician and actor, who has co-written songs for multi-platinum artist Ronan Keating including the single Breathe, which topped the BBC Radio 2 Playlist. Theatre credits include Backbeat and Once, both in the West End. Emma Lucia made her professional debut as Marilyn and understudying Carole King in the UK Tour of Beautiful, before taking on the role of Girl in Once.

Joining the previously announced Daniel Healy as Guy and Emma Lucia as Girl are Dan Bottomley as Billy, Matthew Burns as Eamon, Ellen Chivers as Reza, Rosalind Ford as Ex-Girlfriend, Lloyd Gorman as Svejc, David Heywood as Emcee, Samuel Martin as Bank Manager, Peter Peverley as Da, Susannah Van Den Berg as Baruska and James William-Pattison as Andrej. The cast also includes Emma Fraser, Seán Keany, Hanna Khogali and Conor McFarlane.

Once is directed by Peter Rowe with set and costume design by Libby Watson, musical supervision by Ben Goddard, choreography by Francesca Jaynes, lighting design by Mark Dymock, sound design by James Cook, projection design by Peter Hazelwood and orchestrations by Martin Lowe. Casting is by Debbie O’Brien.

Based on the cult 2007 Irish indie feature, originally shot on a micro-budget of just $160,000, Once premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2011 before transferring to Broadway in 2012. There it won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. Productions have since opened all over the world, including the West End production in 2013 which received the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Once has a Book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh, and Music & Lyrics by Academy Award-winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who, for Falling Slowly, won the Oscar for Best Original Song. It is based on the motion picture Written and Directed by John Carney.
The Original Production Concept is by John Tiffany.
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.

Monday 20 – Saturday 25 April 2020
BRIGHTON THEATRE ROYAL
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Monday 24 February – Saturday 1 March 2020
IPSWICH NEW WOLSEY THEATRE
Box Office: www.wolseytheatre.co.uk / 01473 295 900

Monday 2 – Saturday 7 March 2020
BATH THEATRE ROYAL
Box Office: www.theatreroyal.org.uk / 01225 448844

Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 March 2020
COVENTRY BELGRADE THEATRE
Box Office: www.belgrade.co.uk / 024 7655 3055

Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 March 2020
STOKE REGENT THEATRE
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Monday 23 – Saturday 28 March 2020
MALVERN FESTIVAL THEATRE
Box Office: www.malvern-theatres.co.uk / 01684 892277

Monday 30 March – Saturday 4 April 2020
ABERDEEN HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE
Box Office: www.aberdeenperformingarts.com / 01224 641122

Monday 6 – Saturday 11 April 2020
NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL
Box Office: www.trch.co.uk / 0115 989 5555

Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 April 2020
OXFORD NEW THEATRE
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Monday 20 – Saturday 25 April 2020
BRIGHTON THEATRE ROYAL
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Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 May 2020
SHEFFIELD LYCEUM THEATRE
Box Office: www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk / 0114 249 6000

Monday 11 – Saturday 16 May 2020
CARDIFF WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE
Box Office: www.wmc.org.uk / 029 2063 6464

Monday 18 – Saturday 23 May 2020
SOUTHAMPTON MAYFLOWER THEATRE
Box Office: www.mayflower.org.uk / 02380 711811

Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 May 2020
EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE
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Monday 1 – Saturday 6 June 2020
BIRMINGHAM ALEXANDRA THEATRE
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Monday 8 – Saturday 13 June 2020
CANTERBURY MARLOWE THEATRE
Box Office: www.marlowetheatre.com / 01227 787787

Monday 15 – Saturday 20 June 2020
LEICESTER CURVE
Box Office: www.curveonline.co.uk / 0116 242 3595

Monday 22 – Saturday 27 June 2020
SALFORD THE LOWRY
Box Office: www.thelowry.com / 0343 208 6000

Monday 6 – Saturday 11 July 2020
PLYMOUTH THEATRE ROYAL
Box Office: www.theatreroyal.com / 01752 267222

Monday 13 – Saturday 18 July 2020
GLASGOW KING’S THEATRE
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Monday 20 – Saturday 25 July 2020
HULL NEW THEATRE
Box Office: www.hulltheatres.co.uk / 01482 300 306

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