The Grinning Man extends its West End run

The Grinning Man extends its West End run

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    The critically acclaimed new British musical The Grinning Man has announced a final extended its run at Trafalgar Studios for a final three weeks until 5 May 2018.

    This is the very last chance for West End audiences to see this adored, award-winning production set in a fantastical world with a dark heart. Directed by Tony-award winning Tom Morris (War Horse) The Grinning Man has enchanted audiences again and again, receiving wildly enthusiastic standing ovations at every performance.

    The Grinning Man transferred to the Trafalgar Studios in December last year, following a hugely successful premiere at Bristol Old Vic, and has become an instant hit across the board - with a wealth of critics, bloggers and audiences raving about The Grinning Man ’s London incarnation.

    As with the Bristol run, critics have heaped praise on the show, with a wealth of glowing reviews for the London production. The Times said “the cast are outstanding”, adding that “it’s a triumph”. The Observer hailed the production as “miraculous” and the Daily Telegraph raved about the “spectacular puppetry”. The Sunday Express called it “brilliant production” and praised the “awe-inspiring” puppetry. What’s On Stage sums it up: “It is a remarkable, entrancing achievement and a treat for anyone who likes their storytelling with plenty of dark magic thrown in.”

    As well as critics and the general public, celebrities and creative minds have also heaped praise on the show. Graham Norton exclaimed: "What a magical, moving, funny treat of a show it is!" Harry Enfield said “the whole thing is amazing”, while Hannah Waddingham was “overwhelmed” by the production and Mel Giedroyc applauded the “beautiful score” which is “clever and haunting”, declaring ‘’I want to see it again”. Simon Callow said the show is “spectacular, theatrical and exciting,” while Ciarán Hinds declared: “There’s a speed of energy that’s going through everybody, the cast is phenomenal, the humour is brilliant.”

    The Grinning Man, directed by Tom Morris, features an “outstanding” cast (The Times) led by Louis Maskell in the title role of Grinpayne, and Sanne den Besten as Dea, with Julian Bleach as vengeful clown Barkilphedro. Also starring are Sean Kingsley, Julie Atherton, Amanda Wilkin and Mark Anderson.

    Based on the classic Victor Hugo (Les Misérables) novel The Man Who Laughs, this romantic gothic musical love story is brought to life by Kneehigh writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase) and “powered by an outstanding score” (Sunday Times) by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler.

    The Grinning Man reunites Tom Morris with two puppeteers who began their careers inside Joey and Topthorn in the original production of War Horse – Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié - now leading their own puppetry company Gyre & Gimble.

    Now booking until 5 May 2018, secure your The Grinning Man tickets today!