The Story

Based on the Academy Award©-winning film, Once the musical tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant who are drawn together on the streets of Dublin by their shared love of music. Guy, vacuum-cleaner repairman by day, busker and singer by night. Girl, the Czech immigrant florist and pianist.

“…Once the musical tells a powerful but complex love story”

Guy and Girl’s remarkable musical rapport drives the talented pair to record an album together. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complex love story.

Once the musical has played on Broadway to huge critical acclaim, winning a host of awards in 2012, including eight Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and four Drama Desk Awards. The show also won the Tony award for Best Book (that’s Best Script to those unfamiliar with the lingo), so it’s perhaps no surprise that those who have seen the show have been captivated by its story.

But that’s not to say that the Once musical is simply an enchanting love story. In fact, that show has been praised for its deeper complexity. The Wall Street Journal described Once as “a love story played with fierce sincerity and unexpected honesty”, while the Daily News said that the show “speaks volumes about the power of music and connection” and Bloomberg News praised its “rare combination of intelligence, warmth and musicality”.

It’s clear that the Once musical storyline is not just a typical theatre romance, and the same can be said about the shows songs, its staging and more. Once the musical is a thrilling, joyous and utterly unforgettable musical experience that is unlike anything you will have seen before.

Once is coming to the Phoenix Theatre, London in early 2013. Stay tuned to for Once musical tickets and the latest news.