On 17 March 2014, Arthur Darvill, who has previously played the role in the Broadway production, will join the West End cast of Once to play the leading role of Guy. In January 2014, the eight-time Tony award-winning musical released more than 400,000 new tickets for sale, taking bookings at the Phoenix Theatre to 4th July 2015. Directed by John Tiffany, Once opened at the Phoenix Theatre in April 2013 where it has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.
Actor musician Arthur Darvill has recently completed a run in the Broadway production of Once playing Guy. In London his previous theatre roles include Our Boys at the Duchess Theatre, Soft Cops for Royal Shakespeare Company, Doctor Faustus at Shakespeare’s Globe, Been So Long for Young Vic and Swimming with Sharks at the Vaudeville Theatre. As a television actor, Darvill played the Doctor’s companion Rory in Doctor Who for two years and more recently he played Reverend Paul Coates in ITV’s award-winning Broadchurch and The Duke of Buckingham in The White Queen for the BBC. As a composer Darvill’s work includes The Bacchae for English Touring Theatre, Been so Long for the Young Vic, The Front Line for the Globe and Artefacts and 50 Ways to Leave your Lover for The Bush Theatre.
Once has book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh. Based on the 2007 motion picture written and directed by John Carney, music and lyrics are by Academy Award® winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who, for Falling Slowly, won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Scenic and costume designs are by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Clive Goodwin, musical supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe and movement by Steven Hoggett. Once won the 2013 Grammy award for Best Musical Theatre album. The Martin Guitar Company is the proud sponsor of Once.
Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Age Restrictions: Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Show Opened: 16th March 2013
Booking Until: 4th July 2015
Page updated 18th October 2014