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Winner of 8 Tony Awards

Closed January 5, 2014

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Why See Once?

Winner of 8 Tony Awards

Based on the 2006 Oscar winning indie sleeper-hit, Once is the low-key Broadway hit that has re-defined the modern musical, telling the story of a wistful Dublin romance.

Told in a rapturous pub, the audience is invited to join in with the actors/musicians, who's double talents heighten the organic feel of the show, creating an irresistible hootenanny that keeps you at the heart of the action, with songs such as 'Falling Slowly' and 'Leave'.

With choreography and a charming, minimalistic approach to staging that The New York Times called distinctive and unlike anything previously seen on Broadway, this swelling and celebratory production will pull at your heartstrings with its existential and accepting nature that encompasses everybody.

What is Once about?

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 the 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 movie and new theatre.

Did you know

Director John Carney sketched out the outline for the original movie 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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Opening night: 26 November 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 2 hours and 30 minutes, including intermission

Cast and Creative


Dani De Waal - Girl

Stuart Ward - Guy

Ray Bokhour - Da

Matt DeAngelis - Svec

John Gardner - Eamon

Donna Garner - Baruska

Evan Harrington - Billy

Ryan Link - Emcee

Benjamin Magnuson - Bank Manager

Alex Nee - Andrej

Erica Swindell - Ex Girlfriend

Kolette Tetlow - Ivanka

Claire Wellin - Reza Estelle Bajou, Stephen McIntyre, Zander Meisner, Tina Stafford, Tiffany Topol and Matt Wolpe - Ensemble


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



8 Awards

Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical: Enda Walsh
Best Direction of a Musical: John Tiffany
Best Orchestrations: Martin Lowe
Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Bob Crowley
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Natasha Katz
Best Sound Design of a Musical: Clive Goodwin

What you thought

28 reviews, average rating: (3.5 Stars)

3.5 star rating

Jess: “A unique, intimate and engaging musical!”

A unique, intimate and engaging musical! Quirky characters and witty one-liners... more

Anonymous: “Amazing”

I saw this yesterday and I loved it. The music was beautiful . more

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