Once the Musical

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Banner new Once poster Following Midnight Tango into the Phoenix Theatre is the hit Broadway musical Once, after the production won eight Tony Awards including Best New Musical, Best Book, and Best Director. The London transfer of the show has received 2 Olivier Awards, including the award for Best Actress in a musical going to original leading lady, Zrinka Civitesic. Based on the 2006 independent film of the same name, Once tells the story of an Irish guy and an Eastern European girl who meet in Dublin. Both musicians, their love affair is told through songs they write for one another in a traditional Irish pub. Just as the film grew a cult following, the musical has drawn audiences to its simple story and charming melodies. The Broadway production also won a Tony for its set, designed by Bob Crowley. Minimalist in style, it consists of a bar onstage which can be accessed by the audience during the interval. The bar is surrounded by chairs and the actors never leave the stage, instead playing musical instruments when they are not in a scene.

Cast and Creative

The music and lyrics are written by the same team that scored the film, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. They won an Academy Award for the song “Falling Slowly.” The musical features a book by Irish playwright Enda Walsh. His plays, frequently produced in London, include Disco Pigs, Misterman, and Penelope. The production is directed by John Tiffany. The cast of the London production includes: David Hunter as the Guy and Jill Winternitz Girl at the centre of the story. David Hunter played understudy guy for over a year before being promoted to the leading man. Jill Winternitz is an American actress who has previously been seen on the West End as Baby in Dirty Dancing. Ronan Keating will star in Once The Musical as Guy from the 17th November. Ronan is famous for his career in boy band, Boyzone.

Show Length and Times

Once the Musical began on 16 March before an official opening date on 9 April, 2013. Performances run Monday to Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, with matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm The running time is approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes include one interval.

Song List

  • “The North Strand”
  • “Leave”
  • “Falling Slowly”
  • “The Moon”
  • “Ej Pada Pada”
  • “If You Want Me”
  • “Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy”
  • “Say It to Me Now”
  • “Abandoned in Bandon”
  • “Gold”
  • “Sleeping”
  • “When Your Mind’s Made Up”
  • “The Hill”
  • “It Cannot Be About That”
  • “Gold (A Capella)”
  • “Falling Slowly (Reprise)”




Official tickets for Once the Musical can be purchased by using the search form at the top-left of this page. Once will close on the 21st March 2015. Do not book tickets after this date.


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  1. Thoroughly enjoyed the 1st preview performance of Once at the Phoenix. Not having seen the film, this musical is brilliantly different. There’s no orchestra pit, the talented cast act, sing and play various instruments themselves. Even before the start, the infectious Irish folk music was in full flow with audience members at the bar ON STAGE! There’s humour throughout, a touching storyline and beautiful songs that include the superbly performed ‘Falling Slowly’ and ‘Gold’. Brilliant – Standing O’ went on and on!

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