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Opens December 5, 2017

The Grinning Man is a weird and wonderful, dark delight.

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Why See The Grinning Man?

There is something strange down at the fair...

A strange new act has arrived at the Stokes Croft Fair, the home of an array of interesting and grotesque characters. Grinpayne and his hideously scarred face soon captures the interests and the hearts of all who see him but, who is this strange creature and how did he become so marked? With the help of an old man, a blind girl and a wolf, Grinpayne must tell his story and confront his dark past.

A re-imagining of the novel 'The Man Who Laughs' by Victor Hugo (Les Miserables), The Grinning Man is a new tragicomic musical brought to life by Carl Grose. A critically acclaimed score by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler accompanies the on stage action as well as eccentric and beautiful puppetry by the original puppeteers of War Horse, Gyre & Gimble.

After a stellar run at Bristol's Old Vic, The Grinning Man brings its kookiness to London's West End where it will take up residence at the Trafalgar studios from the 5th December. Don't miss the most talked about show of the year!

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Previews from: 5 December 2017

Performance date: 18 December 2017


Ages 12+ Contains dark subject matter with some scenes of a sexual nature, violence and swearing.

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Cast and Creative


Louis Maskell as Grinpayne
Sanne den Besten as Dea
Mark Anderson, Julie Atherton, Jim Kitson, Sophia Mackay, Amanda Wilkin, Julian Bleach, Sean Kingsley and Ewan Black.

Completing the company are James Alexander-Taylor, Christina Bloom, Jonathan Cobb, Leo Elso, Claire-Marie Hall, and Loren O'Dair.


Directed by Tom Morris

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