Be transported to a cracked fairy-tale world by Tom Morris’ macabre tragicomedy musical The Grinning Man.
The production comes to Trafalgar Studio One after its incredibly successful run at Bristol Old Vic. With a gripping reworking of Victor Hugo’s The Man Who Laughs from writer Carl Grose, a haunting original score from Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, and the puppetry of Gyre and Gimble (the original puppeteers of War Horse) The Grinning Man floods you with adrenaline and is guaranteed to leave you with goose-bumps.
Sean Kingsley and Ewan Black, who previously co-starred in the award-winning Bristol Old Vic production of the musical, will play Ursus and Trelaw in the West End premiere. Sanne den Besten, new to the cast, will play Dea.
Louis Maskell, who was recently nominated for Best Performance in a Musical for his role in the Bristol production, will lead the cast in the title role of Grinpayne, the show’s disfigured hero. Julian Bleach plays the role of the refreshingly corrupt court clown Barkilphedro.
Joining the cast are Mark Anderson (Book of Mormon), Julie Atherton (Avenue Q), Jim Kitson (Much Ado About Nothing), Sophia Mackay (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin) and Amanda Wilkin (Hamlet). Completing the company are James Alexander-Taylor, Christina Bloom, Jonathan Cobb, Leo Elso, Claire-Marie Hall, and Loren O'Dair.
This weirdly wonderful show is the story of Grinpayne, a man who had his face sliced open as a child and finds his features set in a permanent grin. Paraded as a freak, he soon becomes a star and discovers that there are some who see beauty in his broken face. Set against a background of civil unrest, The Grinning Man is Grinpayne’s darkly comic journey to discover who he is and who it was that disfigured him.
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(5mins) Head left on the main road Strand. Follow Trafalgar Square around onto Whitehall and the theatre’s on your right.