The European premiere for John Tiffany’s production of Once, winner of eight 2012 Tony awards including Best New Musical, will take place in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre in 2013. With book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh, the London production of Once will open at the Gaiety Theatre on 22 February ahead of its West End debut at the Phoenix Theatre on 9 April. Currently booking at the Gaiety Theatre to 9 March 2013, Once will be produced by Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf and Michael Rose Limited in association with New York Theatre Workshop.
With Academy Award® winning music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney, scenic and costume designs are by Bob Crowley, lighting is by Natasha Katz, sound is by Clive Goodwin, musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Lowe and movement is by Steven Hoggett. Casting will be announced shortly.
Based on the much-loved Oscar-winning film, Once is a celebration of love, friendship and music. When an Irish busker and a young Czech mother meet through a shared love of music, their songwriting sparks a deep connection and a tender, longing romance that neither of them could have expected.
Earlier this year Once won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. The production was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critic Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards. The Broadway production of Once continues at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre having opened in March this year. Once will begin a US national tour launched by The Road Company in the summer of 2013.
The 2007 Academy Award® winning film Once was written and directed by John Carney and starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who also composed the original music and lyrics. The Oscar winning independent Irish film was shot in 17 days and was made for $150,000. It went on to gross $20m worldwide becoming a critically acclaimed international smash. The soundtrack was nominated for two Grammy Awards.
Once was originally developed at the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, Massachusetts) in April 2011. A developmental run of Once at New York Theatre Workshop began performances in November last year. The production went on to break box office records and concluded a sold out engagement including a two week extension.
Glen Hansard’s (music and lyrics) film credits are The Commitments and Once. His albums include Strict Joy, the Academy Award® winning soundtrack of Once, The Swell Season, The Cost, Burn the Maps, Set List: Live in Dublin, For the Birds, Dance the Devil, Fitzcarraldo and Another Love Song.
Markéta Irglová’s (music and lyrics) film credit is Once. Her albums include The Swell Season, the Academy Award® winning soundtrack of Once, Strict Joy and Anar.
Tickets for Once at the Gaiety Theatre go on sale Friday 19th October 2012. Tickets are available from online at www.ticketmaster.ie & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.