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ON TOUR: The Grinning Man

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Bristol Old Vic & Trafalgar Entertainment Group
present the Bristol Old Vic production

A strange new act has arrived at the fairground. Who is Grinpayne and how did he get his hideous smile? Helped by an old man, a lone wolf and a blind girl, his story must be told.

The epic tale of an abandoned child with a terrible secret. A disfigured youth who is desperate to hide and a sightless girl who longs to be discovered. Let the darkness seduce you.

Following a triumphant premiere as part of our Theatre's 250th Anniversary season, we are delighted to announce the long awaited news that The Grinning Man will transfer to the West End for a run in Studio 1 at Trafalgar Studios.

Based on The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo and brought to life by director Tom Morris and writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase), don't miss this hot ticket featuring a sensational original score by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler and puppetry from Gyre and Gimble, the original puppeteers of War Horse!

Blackly comic brilliance."


The Grinning Man is a weird and wonderful, dark delight."


The best British score in years."


The Grinning Man

From 6 Dec
Trafalgar Studios
7.30pm (2.30pm Thu & Sat mats)

Recommended for brave 12 year olds and above. Some scenes contain sexual references and swearing.

For the full range of ticket prices and performances between 6 - 26 Dec please visit

Running Time TBC

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Creative Team

Book 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
Puppetry Design and Direction Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié for Gyre & Gimble
Lighting Designer Rob Casey
Sound Designer Simon Baker
Music Supervisor Tom Deering

Cast Includes

Louis Maskell
Julian Bleach

Further casting to be announced soon

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