Once the Musical gets UK Tour

Broadway and West End hit musical version of romantic film Once gets a 2020 UK tour

Adam Spiegel and Robert Bartner present The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch production of Once.

From film to stage

It is not only Disney films that can become live action musicals!

Once the critically acclaimed and much-loved film, that tells the uplifting yet yearning story of two lost souls – a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician – who unexpectedly fall in love is now an equally successful musical that will be touring the UK in 2020.

Based on the cult 2007 Irish indie feature, originally shot on a micro-budget of just $160,000, Once premiered in musical format at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2011 before transferring to Broadway in 2012.

Big changes over five days

Once takes audiences on a journey that is both spellbinding and uplifting as the story of five short days of romance unfolds on stage.

You witness their hopes and dreams emerge as you follow their relationship across five short days.

Sometimes you’ll be surprised by how little things can create big changes.


Once has enjoyed acclaimed runs on Broadway and in the West End and having won awards across the world including the Academy Award for Best Original Song, Falling Slowly, a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, eight Tony Awards and an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

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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.

Other cast members include 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.

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.

Ticket details at this link


Photograph: Mike Kwasniak


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