The newly reimagined production of the musical will play at the Cirencester based theatre from the 3rd July.

(c) Rosie Bowers

Rehearsal images have now been released for Dominic Shaw’s upcoming production of Once The Musical, which heads to the Barn Theatre stage next month.

The Tony and Olivier nominated musical, based on the popular film written and directed by John Carney, features music and lyrics by the Academy award-winning team of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová as well as a book by Enda Walsh.

(c)Rosie Bowers

Once is a modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin. They write, rehearse and scrape together enough money to record a demo album with a motley crew of bar friends, in a collaboration that evolves into a powerful, very complicated but beautiful love story. Guy is an Irish singer and songwriter who spends his days fixing vacuums in the Dublin shop he runs with his father, and his nights playing his music in local pubs. He is on the verge of giving up music altogether when a Czech immigrant, “Girl,” walks into the bar, hears him play and refuses to let him abandon his guitar. As it turns out, she has a broken vacuum cleaner, Guy repairs it, and she pays him in music on a piano she plays in a record shop. Over the course of a week, the Girl convinces Guy to believe in the power of his music and his love for the woman who inspired his songs.

The cast for this new production of the musical, which includes the Oscar winning song ‘Falling Slowly’, is led by Sarah Moss (The Mousetrap – West End, Mad House – West End) in the role of Girl alongside Tomas Wolstenholme (The Choir of Man – NCL, Once – West End/International Tour) as Guy. They are joined on stage by Amy Bastani (Zorro The Musical – Charing Cross Theatre, London & Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester) as Reza/Ex-Girlfriend, Toby Bradford (The Stand Up Sketch Show – ITV2) as Da/Bank Manager, Fiona Bruce (Coronation Street – ITV) as Baruska, Harry Curley (Summer in the City – Upstairs at the Gatehouse)as Andrej, Theo Diedrick (The True Adventures of Marion and Robin Hood – The Barn Theatre) as Eamon/Emcee, Thomas Fabian Parrish (Summer in the City – Upstairs at the Gatehouse) as Svec and David Shute (The Choir of Man – Adelaide Fringe, Avalon Theatre, Niagara Falls, Coventry, Edinburgh, NCL) as Billy.

(c)Rosie Bowers

Meanwhile, the creative team behind the production includes: Dominic Shaw (Silk Road – Trafalgar Studios, Kinky Boots – NCL) as director and choreographer, having previously directed the theatre’s inaugural production of The Secret Garden, and he will be joined by Alex Turney (Frankies Guys – UK Tour) as musical director, Sophia Pardon (Head Over Heels – Hope Mill Theatre, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – Southwark Playhouse) as set & costume Designer, Nicholas Newman as sound designer and James Smith as lighting designer. 

This revival of Once is the first of two musicals that form part of the theatre’s fifth anniversary season, with the revival being followed by the world premiere of Richard Hough and Ben Morales Frost’s new one-woman musical of deliverance and revenge, Sin: A New Musical of Revenge. The new musical, which will be directed by Charlotte Westenra (The Wicker Husband, Indecent Proposal), will run from 18th August – 16th September.

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