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Closed March 21, 2015

Winner of the Olivier Achievement in Music Award, and Best Actress (Musical) Award for Zrinka Cvitesic

Why See Once?


Based on the 2006 Oscar winning indie sleeper-hit, Once is the low-key West End hit that has re-defined the modern musical, telling the story of a wistful Dublin romance in a rapturous pub atmosphere, with performers who are both actors and musicians. The effect is such that the story unfolds against an organic, joyful hootenanny vibe, irresistibly welcoming you into the heart of the show. Once will be welcoming Irish pop superstar Ronan Keating to the lead role from this November for a limited time only.

With heartfelt songs such as 'Falling Slowly' and 'Leave', Once is a meditation on life, on the brink of an existential crisis about paths not taken and chances seized. A simple show that will slowly bowl you over with its sweet melancholy, and make you laugh with sly wit, it's one of the more interesting screen to stage imports of the last few years, and well worth a trip for even the most resistant theatre fan.


A passive busker named Guy is playing guitar when he meets Girl, with whom he shares a connection through a mutual love of music. The shy kindred spirits start to make music together, mixing their complementary style to create a melancholic folk-rock sound that explores themes of love and loss.

Over the course of a week their lives change forever, there is poignancy and where there is a joyous celebration of love, there is also a bitter-sweet feeling that will stick with you long after you've left the theatre. This will not disappoint fans of the original film and innovative new theatre.


Director John Carney sketched out the outline for the original film in 5 minutes when sitting in a cafe in Dublin in 2004, because he was missing his girlfriend who'd taken a job in London.

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Additional Information


Previews from: 20 March 2013

Opening night: 20 March 2013


Contains limited profanity, including the "f" word, but is otherwise an extremely wholesome show. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Run time

Approximately two hours and 30 minutes, including interval

And before you stop reading

Please note that Ronan Keating will not be performing in the show on the dates below:

Tuesday 20th January 2015 (evening performance only)
Saturday 24th January 2015 (both performances)

Cast and Creative


David Hunter as Guy

Ronan Keating as Guy (from November 17th 2014 to end of run

Jill Winternitz

Jack Beale

Fiona Bruce

Mark Carlisle

Jamie Cameron

Matthew Ganley

Mathew Hamper

Allison Harding

Daniel Healy

Dogan Mehmet

Loren O?Dair

Tim Parker

Miria Parvin

Tim Prottey-Jones

Sophie Reid

Christina Tedders

Alex TurneyJez Unwin

Ruth Westley

Robbie White

Juliana Cotton

Demi Lee

Gemma Loader

Ruby Payne


Author: Enda Walsh

Music & Lyrics: Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová

Director: John Tiffany

Movement: Steven Hoggett

Set and Costume Design: Bob Crowley

Lighting Design: Natasha Katz

Sound Design: Clive Goodwin



Achievement in Music Award

Best Actress (Musical) Award - Zrinka Cvitesic

What we thought

Bittersweet musical MAGIC

Ronan Keating fully embodies the role of an awkward and sensitive balladeer

It is universally acknowledged that if ones musical is losing momentum, than that musical must be want of stunt casting. Well, that was my mood approaching Once, the mighty West End powerhouse that recently announced its forthcoming closure in

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Kitty McCarron

Kitty McCarron

What you thought

4 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)

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Norberg: “Love the music and cast!”

Went with girlfriend last night. We both loved it and would go back and... more

Bryan: “Best Show I've Seen”

I've been watching musicals for many years and Once is now my favorite.... more

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