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Following its hugely successful premiere at Bristol Old Vic, the critically acclaimed new musical The Grinning Man has transferred to the West End and “demands to be seen” (The Times).

From Tony Award-winning director Tom Morris (War Horse), Kneehigh writer Carl Grose and featuring “an outstanding score” (Sunday Times) by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, The Grinning Man is a magical reimagining of the classic novel by Victor Hugo (Les Misérables).

What Is The Grinning Man About?

A strange new act has arrived at the fairground. Who is Grinpayne and how did he get his hideous smile? Paraded as a freak, then celebrated as a star, only the love of a sightless girl can reveal his terrible secret.

Set in a fantastical world created by designer Jon Bausor (Bat Out of Hell), and brought to life with the “astonishing puppetry” (What’s on Stage) of Gyre & Gimble, the original War Horse puppeteers, The Grinning Man invites you to be seduced by the darkness at the Trafalgar Studios.

Critic Reviews

3 reviews
A stunning new musical with puppetry from the director of War Horse, this is a deliciously convoluted tale of the search for truth
29 Jan 2018
"While Louis Maskell’s face is covered for most of the performance, he’s still able to deliver a monstrously emotive performance"
29 Jan 2018
"It is a remarkable, entrancing achievement and a treat for anyone who likes their storytelling with plenty of dark magic thrown in.
29 Jan 2018

Customer Reviews

215 reviews
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14 May 2018

A touching and vibrant plot combined with an amazing cast, great scenery and incredible puppetry. Terribly beautiful.

meg atherton
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6 May 2018

fantastic!! Loved every minute and so did the audience giving standing ovations. could be classed as a light classical musical in my opinion. the comedy and tragedy of the storyline were brilliantly played would thoroughly recommend seeing this show to anyone margaret

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6 May 2018

So sad this show is over... Fantastic cast and crew, writers and musicians. It has so many contrasting/opposing themes that work so well together? The community around this show is so unique and I have loved every minute of it's run since December.

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6 May 2018

I never usually leave reviews, but I do for the grinning man because I feel like it needs to be appreciated. It has now closed (May 5th 2018), and I’ve seen the fanbase and audiences grow and grow and it warms my heart. It is the best show I’ve ever seen, and I love every single person involved, everything about the show was perfect, and a cast recording will be released at some point soon, so go check that out! And if there is a revival, you HAVE TO GO! And I’ve said this when it was open, and I’m right, you should have gone. I love this show beyond belief, best music, lyrics, dialogue, people, everything

D Waters
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5 May 2018

Brilliant show and energetic and committed performance from all members of the cast.


Cancellation Policy

No exchanges or refunds after purchase.

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You will receive a voucher after purchase. Please print and present on arrival.

Suitable For Children

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

When Can I Go

5 December 2017 - 14 April 2018

Where Do I Go

Trafalgar Studios

14 Whitehall



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