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The Grinning Man

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

Cracked hearts. Strange fates. Monstrous souls. Impossible dreams.

The Grinning Man is a wonderfully weird and wickedly wild new musical directed by Tom Morris and based on the The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo.

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.

This thrilling new musical is brought to life by writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase, Tristan and Yseult), and features a sensational original score and puppetry from Gyre and Gimble, the original puppeteers of War Horse.

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

@bristololdvic  #GrinningMan

Creative Team
Carl Grose
Lyrics Carl Grose, Tom Morris, Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler
Music Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler
Director Tom Morris
Set Designer Jon Bausor
Costume Designer Jean Chan
Lighting Designer Richard Howell
Sound Designer Simon Baker
Music Supervisor Tom Deering
Puppetry Design and Direction Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié for Gyre & Gimble

Casting Director Will Burton CDG
Onstage Musical Director Tarek Merchant
Associate Director Ben Woolf

Title 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, however there are a few changes to how we'll be operating.

Theatre Entrance

From Saturday 18 June you will be invited to enter the Theatre via stage door, walking the footsteps of such legends as Peter O'Toole, Daniel Day Lewis and Miranda Richardson.

Our new Theatre entrance can be accessed through Rackhay (BS1 4HJ) off Queen Charlotte Street around the corner from King Street.

Click here for more information and updates on our Theatre entrance.

Ticket Collection

On performance days tickets can be collected from Box Office situated in our Backstage Bar opening 90 mins prior to each performance.

For more information on accessibility, ticket collection, our Backstage Bar, arrival and drop-off at our Theatre plus any updates on our redevelopment click here.

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