About the show
Fall slowly in love with the Tony Award-winning musical Once on its regional premiere at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.
Based on John Carney’s stunningly successful 2007 film of the same name, Once was turned into a stage musical in 2011.
Set in Dublin, Once tells the story of an Irish, guitar-playing guy (known only as Guy) and a Czech piano-playing girl (known only as Girl). They bond over their shared love of music. They start a band together with family and friends, and slowly fall in love. Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová’s score contains several hit songs, including Falling Slowly, which won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Like in the original Broadway and West End productions, the Hornchurch staging features a cast of actor-musicians. They play their instruments live on stage as part of the performance.
Once uses a book by Irish playwright Enda Walsh and music and lyrics by Hansard and Irglová. It premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop and transferred to Broadway in 2012. It won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
A much-loved West End production soon followed. It ran at the Phoenix Theatre for two years until 2015. Declan Bennett, Arthur Darvill, and Ronan Keating all spent time playing the lead role of Guy. Now, Once finally has its regional premiere in a co-production between the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre.
Once runs from 3 October – 20 October 2018 at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.