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The Grinning Man,
Trafalgar Studios

The Grinning Man Overview

Following its hugely successful premiere at Bristol Old Vic, the critically acclaimed new musical The Grinning Man has transferred to the West End and 'demands to be seen' (The Times).

From Tony Award-winning director Tom Morris (War Horse), Kneehigh writer Carl Grose and featuring 'an outstanding score' (Sunday Times) by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, The Grinning Man is a magical reimagining of the classic novel by Victor Hugo (Les Misérables).

A strange new act has arrived at the fairground. 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.

Set in a fantastical world created by designer Jon Bausor (Bat Out of Hell), and brought to life with the 'astonishing puppetry' (What’s on Stage) of Gyre & Gimble, the original War Horse puppeteers, The Grinning Man invites you to be seduced by the darkness at the Trafalgar Studios.

Monday 12 March: Post-show Q & A hosted by Carl Woodward with Marc Teitler (composer), Carl Gross (writer), and Tom Morris (director). Approx. 25 minutes.

Please note, The Grinning Man is recommended for brave 12-year-olds and above. Some scenes contain sexual references and swearing.

‘Defies theatrical convention by keeping its hand on its heart and its tongue in its cheek.’
The Guardian

‘Blackly comic brilliance.’
Daily Telegraph

‘Weird and wonderful, a dark delight.’
Daily Telegraph

'An extraordinary amalgam of fairytale, puppetry, romantic drama and black comedy'

‘The best puppetry since War Horse’
Mail on Sunday