Excitement in the West End about the Once musical is palpable. The show, which has been running on Broadway in 2012 to enormous critical and popular acclaim, is officially coming to London’s Phoenix Theatre in 2013, but until now the exact date has been shrouded in mystery. TheOnceMusical.com can now confirm that Once will be coming to the Phoenix in March 2013.
Once has won no fewer than eight Tony® Awards for its run on Broadway, including Best Book (that’s ‘best script’ in theatre lingo), Best Director and the most coveted prize of all, Best Musical. The show has also been showered with other musical awards, including being awarded Best Musical by the Drama Desk Awards and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, among many others.
The Phoenix Theatre in London has already announced the end of its extraordinary 21-year run of Blood Brothers (which has been running in the West End since 1988 and at the Phoenix since 1991) at the end of October 2012. Following on from Blood Brothers the Phoenix will play host to a limited nine-week run of Goodnight Mister Tom, David Wood’s adaptation of the classic Michelle Magorian tale of Willie, the long-suffering boy evacuated from London during the Blitz and Mister Tom, the curmudgeonly but ultimately heroic recluse who takes him in. Goodnight Mister Tom will run until 26th January 2013, with previews beginning on 22nd November this year.
Rumours abounded in the theatre world that the Once musical would come to the Phoenix hot on the heels of Goodnight Mister Tom at the end of January, but the latest information from insiders has now revealed that Once the musical will start at the Phoenix in March 2013, with some giving the date of March 20th for the beginning of previews for the show.
So for all of you theatre-lovers waiting on the edge of your seat for announcements of Once tickets or the Once London cast list, set your clocks for late March 2013, when you’ll finally be able to see this incredible production in London for yourselves. And, of course, stick with us here at TheOnceMusical.com for all the latest announcements on Once tickets and much more.