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The Grinning Man extends for three final weeks at Trafalgar Studios

The Grinning Man

Casting news

THE Grinning Man has announced a final extended three week booking period until May 5, 2018. Directed by Tony Award-winning Tom Morris (War Horse), the production has enchanted audiences again and again, receiving wildly enthusiastic standing ovations at every performance.

Previously Posted: The London transfer of The Grinning Man has extended its run at Trafalgar Studios. Originally booking until February 17, it will now continue until April 14, 2018.

As well as critics and the general public, celebrities and creative minds have also heaped praise on the show. Harry Enfield proclaimed “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 exclaimed the show is “spectacular, theatrical and exciting!”

Previously Posted: Production images have been released from The Grinning Man. To view them and to listen to musical numbers from the show recorded by Matt Lucas, Kelsey Grammer, Hannah Waddingham, Harry Enfield, Alexander Armstrong and Louise Dearman, click here.

Previously Posted: Full casting has been announced for the critically acclaimed production of The Grinning Man. Directed by Tony award-winning Tom Morris and based on the classic Victor Hugo novel, The Man Who Laughs, it runs at Trafalgar Studios from December 6, 2017 to February 17, 2018.

Sean Kingsley (Les Misérables, Billy Elliot) and Ewan Black (Sleeping Beauty, The Merchant of Venice), who previously co-starred in the award-winning Bristol Old Vic production of the musical, have been confirmed to play Ursus and Trelaw in the West End premiere.

Sanne den Besten (Les Misérables, Mamma Mia!), new to the cast, will play Dea, a blind woman who is the childhood friend and closest companion to the show’s title character Grinpayne.

As previously announced Louis Maskell (My Fair Lady, West Side Story), who was recently nominated for Best Performance in a Musical for his role in the Bristol production, will again lead the cast in the title role of Grinpayne, the show’s disfigured hero; and Julian Bleach (St George in the Dragon, Shockheaded Peter, The Tempest), who also starred in the Bristol season, plays the role of the deliciously corrupt court clown Barkilphedro.

Joining the cast are Mark Anderson (The Toxic Avenger), 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.

The Grinning Man is a romantic gothic musical love story, set in a fantastical world with a dark heart, and 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. Macabre, magical and visually astonishing, this ultimately elating love story is a distinctive delight.

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