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The Grinning Man

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A Bristol Old Vic Production
Bristol Old Vic's 250th Anniversary Season

The king is dead, but who the hell cares? A strange new act has arrived at the fair in the centre of the capital, a grotesque oasis of entertainment. Soon everyone from the gutter-rats to the new queen has fallen for the hand-made freak Grinpayne and his hideously beautiful face. But who is he really? And how did he come to be so marked? Together with an old man, a blind girl and wolf, he has a story to tell. A tale so tragic and so strange that not even he can guess how it will end.

Cracked hearts. Strange fates. Monstrous souls. Impossible dreams. The Grinning Man is a wonderfully weird and wickedly wild new musical that offers a vision of how an alternate history might have unfolded.

Brought to life by writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase, Tristan and Yseult), director Tom Morris (Swallows and Amazons, War Horse) and composed by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler (Juliet and her Romeo), The Grinning Man is a brand new musical, based on The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo.

The Grinning Man represents the 21st century strand of Bristol Old Vic's 250th Anniversary programme, which will include productions from each of the four centuries of the Theatre's life.

The Grinning Man

13 Oct-13 Nov
7.30pm, 2.30pm
(Sat mats)
£32-£9.50 (plus booking fee)

Please note, the preview performances on 13 & 14 Oct are currently not on sale

Press Night Thu 20 Oct, 7pm

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Creative Team
Carl Grose
Lyrics Carl Grose, Tom Morris, Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler
Music Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler
Director Tom Morris
Designer Jon Bausor
Puppetry Design and Direction by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié
for Gyre & Gimble
Lighting Designer Richard Howell

Campaign Design Extra Strong

Ticket Offers

Groups and Schools

Groups of 10+ £3 off all tickets (excl Fri & Sat eve)
Groups of 20+ As above, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eve)
Groups of 50+ £6 off all tickets, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eve)

Schools of 10+
£12.50 Upper Circle / £7.50 Gallery tickets available (excl Fri & Sat eve)

Access Performances

Signed performance Sat 29 Oct, 2.30pm
Audio described performance Sat 5 Nov, 2.30pwith touch tour 12.30pm
Captioned Sat 12 Nov, 2.30pm

Friends of Bristol Old Vic

20% off full price tickets
Limited to 4 tickets per Friend, excl Fri & Sat eves


From June this year, we anticipate the beginning of redevelopment works that will transform our front of house King Street entrance into a welcoming, access friendly community space that everyone will be able to enjoy.

During this time, it will be business as usual in the Theatre with our brilliant programme on offer, but how you access the Theatre will change. You will be invited to enter the Theatre via our stage door, walking the footsteps of legends such as Peter O'Toole, Rosemary Harris and Jeremy Irons backstage through our paintshop into the auditorium.

We will do our best to make sure you have the latest information to ensure your visit to Bristol Old Vic is to our usual high standard.

Bristol Old Vic Paintshop Bar

During our redevelopment, you're invited to enjoy a drink in our Paintshop Bar at the heart of our Theatre. Offering an excellent selection of beverages from the best suppliers in the South West including Bath Ales, our Paintshop Bar will be open for two hours before each show and can be accessed through our new Theatre entrance through The Rackhay.

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