The Grinning Man

Booking to 17 February 2018
Trafalgar Studios
British musical The Grinning Man, which enjoyed a hugely successful debut at Bristol Old Vic last year, has announced its West End run at Trafalgar Studios from 6th December 2017!
Who is Grinpayne and how did he get his hideous smile? Paraded as a freak, then celebrated as a star, only the love of a sightless girl can reveal his terrible secret.
From Tony Award-winning director Tom Morris (War Horse) and Kneehigh writer Carl Grose, The Grinning Man is a magical reimagining of the classic novel The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo (Les Misérables), featuring “an outstanding score” (Sunday Times) by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, and set in a fantastic romantic-gothic world brought to life with the visually stunning puppetry of Gyre & Gimble, the original War Horse puppeteers.
Co-stars of the original Old Vic show Sean Kingsley (Les Misérables, Billy Elliot) and Ewan Black (Sleeping Beauty, The Merchant of Venice), return to their roles in this West End premiere with some exciting additions to the cast including Sanne den Besten (Les Misérables, Mamma Mia!).  Louis Maskell (My Fair Lady, West Side Story), recently nominated for Best Performance in a Musical for his role in the Bristol Old Vic production, will again lead the cast in the title role of Grinpayne, the show’s disfigured hero.
Come and be seduced by the macabre, magical and visually ravishing world of The Grinning Man!
★★★★ “Defies theatrical convention by keeping its hand on its heart and its tongue in its cheek." - The Guardian
★★★★ “Burstingly fresh, a riot with a heart. An audacious gem of rare quality." 
“The best British score in years."  What’s On Stage
“Simply beautiful, utterly brilliant."  Bristol 24/7