A strange new act has arrived at the fairground.
Following a hugely successful premiere at Bristol Old Vic, The Grinning Man transfers to Trafalgar Studios in London. From Tony Award-winning director Tom Morris (War Horse) and Kneehigh writer Carl Grose, The Grinning Man is a magical reimagining of the classic novel by Victor Hugo (Les Misérables). Featuring “an outstanding score” (Sunday Times) by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, it’s set in a fantastical world brought to life with the visually stunning puppetry of Gyre & Gimble, the original War Horse puppeteers.
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.
From the critics
★★★★ “Defies theatrical convention by keeping its hand on its heart and its tongue in its cheek."--The Guardian
★★★★ “Blackly comic brilliance."--Daily Telegraph
★★★★ “Weird and wonderful, a dark delight."--Daily Telegraph
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