Last week I launched a new podcast series ShenTens here, counting down my top ten favourite musicals, and today the second episode is released.
I first fell in love with Once after seeing the original 2007 independent Irish film. Then again when I the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation had its West End premiere in 2013. And now again on the musical’s first major UK tour.
Once is not just your average love story. It’s a charming production with a touching tale and exquisite music that’s sure to capture your heart – it’s guaranteed to be a show you’ll want to see more than once.
A beautiful, heartfelt story of an unlikely friendship between a Dublin busker and a Czech musician, we present five reasons why you should see Once on its current UK tour.
In our continuing series, editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 16 February 2020) including Maryam Philpott’s thoughts on Tom Stoppard’s new play Leopoldstadt at the Wyndham’s Theatre.
Once and for all this is a beautiful love story with an upbeat vibe. From the moment we entered the theatre, early, to the sound of Irish, jig worthy music I was sold.
‘Once isn’t hugely romanticised and I think that’s what people love about it’: What life is like on tour by Once The Musical’s Emma Lucia.
In our continuing series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 19 January 2020), including Aleks Sierz’s view that the new production of Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre is marching on to victory.
The melancholic, Irish music performed by actor-musicians and the almost-love story set Once apart from the bold, brash showiness of musicals that stick more closely to traditional forms.
A welcome return for Once, a gorgeous show with music truly at its heart and soul.
The audience can’t hep but be attentive throughout as Once has the magical ability to completely wrap them up and take them on a journey that is pure and delicate.
There’s excellent acting in Two Ladies, a play that tickles the senses and the intellect by playfully morphing from one genre to another.
This regional UK premiere of Once the musical should see you falling slowly towards Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch in order to book your tickets.
This joint Wolsey and Hornchurch production of Once, the regional premiere long overdue for this lovely show, raises the heart and hits the spot.
I’m the first to admit it: I have a theatre addiction. But it is at least an addiction that I work at and make work for me (in every sense, including financially) to give my life shape and meaning. At its best, it fills the existential hole that we all have to face. (Sometimes, of course, it opens up a chasm, too; just see me after a run of bad shows!)
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