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Once The Musical

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4.3/5 - based on 172 reviews
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About Once The Musical

Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu 14:30 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -

Once The Musical description

Once The Musical, the proud winner of 8 Tony awards!

John Tiffany’s sparkling production of Once has netted an impressive eight Tony awards including Best New Musical. After a sell-out run at Dublin’s gaiety Theatre, it’s on the West End stage from spring 2013. The production also won an award for Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critic Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards, so it has impeccable critical credentials.

Once - The story

Once is a delightful celebration of love, friendship and music. When an Irish busker and a young Czech mother with a shared passion for music meet, sparks fly as they explore their shared obsession through a series of stunning tunes. The songs they write create an unexpectedly deep connection and a tender romance is born…

A natural extension of the marvellous book and film

The popular and respected award winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh wrote the musical based on the motion picture, which was in turn written and directed by John Carney. As you can imagine, the stage version is equally enthralling.

Produced by Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Junior, Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf and Michael Rose Limited, it has been created in association with the clever people at the New York Theatre Workshop. What a treat!

Academy award winning music available online

The music and lyrics, by Glen Hansard (who wrote the score for The Commitments) and Markéta Irglová, won a coveted Academy Award. If you fall head over heels with it, you’re in luck – you can buy the original cast recording of the show via Masterwords Broadway, a label of Sony Masterworks, here: www.MasterworksBroadway.com

The scenes and costume designs are by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Clive Goodwin, musical supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe and movement by Steven Hoggett.

Once tickets for every budget

Once the London season is over the show will be touring the USA, so book now! We provide varied seat and ticket availability with a great choice of seat options, with premium and full price tickets as well as discount Once tickets.

Once The Musical reviews

4.3 out of 5 based on 172 reviews

What to expect:

Acting
Music
Costumes
Story
Lighting

Recommended for:

Anyone (56%)
Families (60%)
Teenagers (68%)
Couples (81%)
Theatregoers (82%)
Latest customer reviews
Anonymous
Go and see it, if you can.

Ronan Keating made the Show worth seeing it.

Reviewed on 24 March 2015 by

Anonymous
Wonderful show

Reviewed on 22 March 2015 by

Anonymous
Phenomenal music

Reviewed on 22 March 2015 by

Anonymous
Friends enjoy trip to see Ronan Keating in Once

Very different type of show, clever staging, all cast excellent but Ronans voice made my heart sing. My friend and I loved the theatre, so ornate. Only downside was hearing the rumble of the underground, really didn't expect that.

Reviewed on 16 March 2015 by

Anonymous
Average show

I come from N.I. and I found the acting very hard to understand, the singing was very good.

Reviewed on 12 March 2015 by

Anonymous
superb musical desrves 5 star rating.

Absolutely loved the show only downside limited leg room and a mouse ran down the stairs!!

Reviewed on 11 March 2015 by

Anonymous
worst performance ever seen

sound equipment let this show down badley, we were sat in the royal circle and were unable to hear the performers which made it difficult to follow the story line, badley produced alround, very little in the way of acting. I am a great fan of Ronan Keating but was very disappointed with this show

Reviewed on 05 March 2015 by

Anonymous
Addicted

The first time I saw this show I had stall tickets this time I had next floor up these were better than the first as you saw more especially the scene looking down at Dublin. The actors were so versatile I loved everything. A special treat was Ronan who was fantastic My advice book now and don't miss out before it closes.

Reviewed on 26 February 2015 by

Anonymous
once

Reviewed on 23 February 2015 by

Anonymous
Not so Cinderella story

This is a show about all those Cinderellas who never get to go to the ball, and the most moving moment comes in the recording studio when they each reveal the hidden hinterland of their emotional and daily lives in a sequence that is like a low-key version of A Chorus Line. The best scene is notably where Guy and Girl argue their case with a bank manager for a loan, during which the audience simultaneously glimpse the frustrations of other everyday lives going nowhere through choreography. In many ways this is a lovely show, made all the better by the fact that it doesn’t follow either the traditional love story or the failure-to-fame story formula - on the contrary, it is full of ambiguities.

Reviewed on 19 February 2015 by

Anonymous
Jam session

Access to the bar on stage was great and the 'Jam session' prior to the start of the show was well worth the seat money on its own

Reviewed on 17 February 2015 by

Anonymous
Would see it more than Once

Ronan Keeting's voice was amazing definitely more than a pop star.

Reviewed on 16 February 2015 by

Anonymous
Heartfelt story

The show was great,characters pulled you into the story,some characters made you laugh others made you believe their story.A great story.Very glad i went to see this show.

Reviewed on 16 February 2015 by

Anonymous
'Once' in this case is not enough.

Once is a great musical combining Irish and Czech styles in an Irish bar. The bar is so realistic that you can go on stage before the start of the show, and during the interval to order your drinks. Members of the cast also play on the stage while you are there drinking. Just like the real thing!

Reviewed on 14 February 2015 by

Anonymous
Great songs and great singers

Reviewed on 13 February 2015 by

Anonymous
Fantastic !!!

I was not sure how the film would transfer to stage - but it was done perfectly and our party of four were all very impressed - the cast were all talented musicians & actors. Would recommend this ....

Reviewed on 13 February 2015 by

Anonymous
best

Once was the best show ever. well done to you all.

Reviewed on 12 February 2015 by

Anonymous
Thoroughly enjoyable

This is an excellent production! Ronan Keating, playing the lead, was even better than expected. Also, with regards to the theatre itself, the seats in the back row of the upper circle had a perfectly good view with no restrictions, which made for great value.

Reviewed on 04 February 2015 by

Anonymous
Amazing :-)

It was billed as a musical but I would class it more of a play, which doesn't mean it was any less good but was expecting all the pomp and ceremony of a "musical" like Charlie or Wicked which it clearly wasn't. However if you like Ronan Keating you'll love the music and the whole show.

Reviewed on 03 February 2015 by

Anonymous
Thoroughly enjoyable

Reviewed on 21 January 2015 by

Anonymous
Once

Excellent Show, brilliantly set, clever setting, superb songs. The main two characters were brilliant. You need to see Once, Twice.... at least. Arrive early so you can join in on stage before the show starts. What a shame i cant buy the current show songs on CD, relying on the American version

Reviewed on 14 January 2015 by

Anonymous
Romantic tale in Irish

We found it was very hard to here being up in dress circle...I know it was Irish but still found it hard...but got the story

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by

Anonymous
Such a wonderful show

It's a wonderful show I will definitely recommend it to all my friends

Reviewed on 01 January 2015 by

Anonymous
Once

Good fun Great singing Excellent musicians!

Reviewed on 31 December 2014 by

Anonymous
Uplifting and fun

Fab family entertainment. Keating superb!

Reviewed on 31 December 2014 by

Anonymous
Fab

Like having it in your front room

Reviewed on 28 December 2014 by

Anonymous

Go in early to enjoy the music before the show starts.

Reviewed on 23 December 2014 by

Anonymous
Brilliant

Story was moving, it was fantastic being able to go on stage before the start of the show, to get a drink at the at the bar and listen to the cast sing. Ronan Keating played the lead role very well. Really recommend this show.

Reviewed on 19 December 2014 by

Anonymous
Once again please!

I seldom go to the theatre and saw this show on a visit to London. I thought it was brilliant. My teenage daughter and her friend thought the end was strange, but enjoyed the rest of it.

Reviewed on 01 December 2014 by

Anonymous
A show that grows on its audience.

Good theatre, helpful staff and clever simple stage set. An accomplished cast, musically energetic containing many dynamic and skilful individual performances. That said, we could not hear the quieter dialogue and so missed the delivery of humorous lines gauging the reaction of those nearer to the stage. The same for some of the words over the music at times, and thus the plot is supposed rather than heard. Some beautiful harmonies and clever accompanying music with good lighting effects.The little girl played her part brilliantly! However, honesty has to prevail and it was admired but not a show that had us tapping our feet, and humming at the bus stop afterwards, or feeling we would advise anyone they must see it. But then we are in our 70's and our grandchildren might well be impressed by the artists and love it! We enjoyed it overall.

Reviewed on 12 November 2014 by

Anonymous
Pretty good but expenisive

We enjoyed the show and thought that the second half was stronger stuff and worth waiting for' WE WERE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE LAYOUT OF THE THEATRE AND WERE DISMAYED BY THE POOR VIEW FROM THE DRESS CIRCLE. THERE WERE MANY EMPTY SEATS. MUCH OF THE AUDIENCE APPEARED TO BE COACH-LOADS OF YOUNGSTERS WHO MOVED AROUND A LOT AT THE START OF THE PERFORMANCE. WE PAID A PREMIUM FOR THE TICKETS AND SEEING THE SIZE O F THE AUDIENCE NUMBERS, I FEEL THAT DISCOUNTS WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE APPROPRIATE.. I WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH BETTER OFF WITH THE TOUTS. i SHALL BE MORE CIRCUMSPECT IN FUTURE AS FAR AS YOUR OFFERINGS ARE CONCERNED.

Reviewed on 05 November 2014 by

Anonymous
Once

Great show in a beautiful theatre. Bar on stage turned into a real bar for audience to buy drinks and socialise at the interval. Some unnecessary foul language in script.

Reviewed on 02 November 2014 by

Anonymous
Good Times

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by

Anonymous

Very entertaining show for ages from teens.

Reviewed on 31 October 2014 by

Anonymous
Once

The show was incredibly well performed and well worth watching. Nothing in it that I disliked and I would happily watch it again. Comic, yet with a very well thought out plot.

Reviewed on 31 October 2014 by

Anonymous

the story line is poor and slow I was going to walk out except I had paid so much .The Irish accent was terrible I am from Dublin very disappointing .The worse show I have seen in 40 years

Reviewed on 30 October 2014 by

Anonymous
Once -needs to be many times.

Just sio different to anything else i have ever seen in the West end

Reviewed on 28 October 2014 by

Anonymous
Wonderful show.

Reviewed on 26 October 2014 by

Anonymous

Poor story line, lead actor good musician but many of the caste did not speak very clearly!

Reviewed on 22 October 2014 by

Anonymous
Once- the stage musical

Very original staging for a simple love story. The music and choreography only added to the whole experience. Contains some adult language. Funny and moving. Just loved it.

Reviewed on 18 October 2014 by

Anonymous
disappointed in SOUND! couldn't hear it very well from Balcony

Dont bother with drinks on stage; not chilled enough

Reviewed on 15 October 2014 by

Anonymous
Brilliant show

Good story funny and great singing.

Reviewed on 15 October 2014 by

Anonymous
Great show

I had not heard of the show prior to my wife booking it. We both really enjoyed the show and surprised we had not heard of the show before. Great show, the cast were great and the two leads could really sing well.

Reviewed on 12 October 2014 by

Anonymous
Music was amazing!

Music was very good all the singing and playing of instruments was very impressive especially when they were dancing at the same time! The story line was a bit strange but the music made up for it!

Reviewed on 12 October 2014 by

Anonymous
Loved the intermingling on the stage

Reviewed on 10 October 2014 by

Anonymous
Repetitive and boring

Reviewed on 03 October 2014 by

Anonymous
Witty and Funny

Very good dialogue. The music was also quite good.

Reviewed on 21 September 2014 by

Anonymous
A Night in Dublin

We were very surprised that the cast were on stage before the planned start time. Particularly seeing as guests were also there! From start to end we were entertained with good music, good vocals and most of all tremendous humour. Great night for those who want something different.

Reviewed on 15 September 2014 by

Anonymous
Once review

Reviewed on 02 September 2014 by

Anonymous
Good music

Reviewed on 31 August 2014 by

Anonymous
Once

Very boring story, no action at all but good music.

Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by

Anonymous
the music stays with you forever

Absolutely loved this magical story of love, and particularly the music.

Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by

Anonymous
The perfect adaptation of a great movie about music.

Reviewed on 22 August 2014 by

Anonymous
Wonderful

Reviewed on 03 August 2014 by

Anonymous
ONCE inspires!

Reviewed on 01 August 2014 by

Anonymous
ONCE inspires!

Reviewed on 01 August 2014 by

Anonymous
Loved it!

Reviewed on 25 July 2014 by

Anonymous
Great music - shame about the very weak story line

Reviewed on 21 July 2014 by

Anonymous
Disappointing

The sameness of the music and wooden acting were utterly boring and sent us heading for the exit at interval.

Reviewed on 20 July 2014 by

Anonymous
a perfect piece of art

Reviewed on 06 July 2014 by

Anonymous
I was disappointed. I thought there was very little dancing, the atmosphere of the play was very daria and the music, apart from two or. three songs, really beautiful, were not worthy my 2:30 hours sitting in a theatre with no air conditioning. I would no

No air conditioning in the theatre, and the whole atmosphere of the play is not a joyful one.

Reviewed on 25 June 2014 by

Anonymous
I was disappointed. I thought there was very little dancing, the atmosphere of the play was very daria and the music, apart from two or. three songs, really beautiful, were not worthy my 2:30 hours sitting in a theatre with no air conditioning. I would no

No air conditioning in the theatre, and the whole atmosphere of the play is not a joyful one.

Reviewed on 25 June 2014 by

Anonymous
A poor story, badly told,

It started well but then got worst, so that it fizzled out like a damp squid. The musician's were capable of so much more. sadly I will not recommend anybody to sit through it..

Reviewed on 23 June 2014 by

Anonymous
Fantiastic!

Beautifully staged, heartfellt show! My son (20yrs old) who is not easily impressed said it is the best show he's ever seen!

Reviewed on 23 June 2014 by

Anonymous
Perfect evening

Reviewed on 20 June 2014 by

Anonymous
Average

Reviewed on 28 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Very good show.

Reviewed on 27 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Fantastic Show

Reviewed on 12 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Fab U Lus

Reviewed on 05 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Absolutely Brilliant!

Very well worth a look

Reviewed on 04 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Once may not be enough.

A simple story given depth and feeing by a cast of multi talented,high energy young actors who acted,sang danced,and created moments of joy and sadness. Thecast seemed to be driven by a loveof the music they performed so .brilliantly.Iwould find it hard to believe that anyone could not leave the theatre with a warm glow after experiencing this treat,

Reviewed on 29 April 2014 by

Anonymous
A fabulous night out

This was a super show with lots of laughs, lovely music loved the way they started playing on the stage before the lights went down. Highly recommend it.

Reviewed on 19 April 2014 by

Anonymous
A great night out

Reviewed on 05 April 2014 by

Anonymous
A Real surprise Gem

Take a hearing aid as the spoken word is hard to hear. Music excellent !!

Reviewed on 17 March 2014 by

Anonymous
Absolutely Fantastic

The music was absolutely amazing and the show had a mix of comedy and drama. Definitely a must see show suitable for the whole family.

Reviewed on 16 March 2014 by

Anonymous
Uplifting experience

This show was brilliant, with a real feel good factor. I especially liked the bar being on stage, it made it all so much more personal and interactive.

Reviewed on 12 March 2014 by

Anonymous
"ONCE" The Musical

Too much unnecessary strong language.

Reviewed on 08 March 2014 by

Anonymous
Good music!

Reviewed on 06 March 2014 by

Anonymous
awesome!

Firstly i love music, my parents are Irish and have always know a love of the people and the music. It is a great story which all people can relate to, everyone wants something and sometimes people give up trying . I found the show inspirational with a message of never giving up on your dreams. Also with both the girl and the guy..trying again with their relationships, it seems to give a message of work at and be happy with who you have and you can't always have who and what we want. I did love this show. It made me laugh and it made me cry. I took my 19yr old daughter who is a musician and is embarking on travelling the world and ended her relationship with her high school sweetheart of 3yrs in order to do this. So it really did move her. I would see it over and over again! Congrats to you all!

Reviewed on 02 March 2014 by

Anonymous
once! enjoyed at the theatre

Haven't been to the theatre but needed to take the wife, she's been going on about wanting to go to see a show. Once seemed like something she would like... I'm glad I went, and enjoyed every bit of it. ;-)

Reviewed on 09 February 2014 by

Anonymous
More than "Once"

Excellent. Superb. Brilliant. Before it begins you are involved in the drama and the humour of this amazing production. Go now. Go again. We will.

Reviewed on 19 January 2014 by

Anonymous
Top notch

Reviewed on 14 January 2014 by

Anonymous
Definitely worth watching

Reviewed on 13 January 2014 by

Anonymous
Sweet gem of a story

Feels like being at a concert

Reviewed on 02 January 2014 by

Anonymous
It was ok. Nothing more.

Reviewed on 01 January 2014 by

Anonymous
Disappointing and Dull

Reviewed on 29 December 2013 by

Anonymous
Once is enough

Most of the cast were mumbling throughout - especially the leading lady. So, very difficult to hear all the dialogue.. The first half of the show was very good. The second ha;lf - for a musical- was quite disappointing

Reviewed on 15 December 2013 by

Anonymous
Not a standard Musical Theatre experience

I knew it would be different when the audience were on stage in the bar! Some very good songs and the two main actors were very believable, good performances. Very good musicians all involved in the show. Just felt that Billy was 'over acted' a tad but otherwise we all enjoyed it very much

Reviewed on 10 December 2013 by

Anonymous
Thoroughly entertaining

Reviewed on 02 December 2013 by

Anonymous
Thoroughly enjoyed the evening

Reviewed on 15 November 2013 by

Anonymous

The Irish accent is very charming but sometimes difficult to understand for non-native english guests

Reviewed on 12 November 2013 by

Anonymous
Excellent

Reviewed on 09 October 2013 by

Anonymous
Fabulous!

Excellent music, enchanting and wonderful story! Thoroughly enjoyed!

Reviewed on 04 October 2013 by

Anonymous
A BEAUTIFUL SHOW. I SAW IT TWICE DURING MY 10-DAY LONDON VISIT.

NOT ENOUGH PATRONS REALIZED THERE WAS A FILM BEFORE THIS STAGE PRODUCTION. SHOW NEEDS TO PUBLICIZE THIS INFO. PEOPLE I SPOKE TO, SITTING NEXT TO ME, NEVER HEARDE OF THE FILM. PUBLICIZE IT.

Reviewed on 27 September 2013 by

Anonymous
Great show

Reviewed on 27 September 2013 by

Anonymous

Good show that made you feel part of the set. Felt the swearing and some comedy sketches let it down.

Reviewed on 12 September 2013 by

Anonymous
Entertaining

Reviewed on 09 September 2013 by

Anonymous
once review

This show was mesmerising full of wonderful songs.

Reviewed on 20 July 2013 by

Anonymous
Fantabulous!

Try to sit on the main floor for the opening act that involves the audience.

Reviewed on 19 July 2013 by

Anonymous
overrated

Reviewed on 16 July 2013 by