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ON TOUR: The Grinning Man

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Bristol Old Vic & Trafalgar Entertainment Group
present the Bristol Old Vic production


A strange new act has arrived at the fairground. Who is Grinpayne and how did he get his hideous smile? Helped by an old man, a lone wolf and a blind girl, his story must be told.

The epic tale of an abandoned child with a terrible secret. A disfigured youth who is desperate to hide and a sightless girl who longs to be discovered. Let the darkness seduce you.

Following a triumphant premiere as part of our Theatre's 250th Anniversary season, we are delighted to announce the long awaited news that The Grinning Man will transfer to the West End for a run in Studio 1 at Trafalgar Studios.

Based on The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo and brought to life by director Tom Morris and writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase), don't miss this hot ticket featuring a sensational original score by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler and puppetry from Gyre and Gimble, the original puppeteers of War Horse!

Blackly comic brilliance."


The Grinning Man is a weird and wonderful, dark delight."


The best British score in years."


The Grinning Man

6 Dec–14 Apr
Trafalgar Studios
7.30pm (2.30pm Thu & Sat mats)

Running Time 2hr 30min, including interval

Age Guidance Suitable for brave 12 year olds and above. Some scenes contain sexual references and swearing.

TICKET OFFER: Book before 31 Jan and save 30+% on all full price tickets on Thu - Sat performances
(Applies to Band A seating only between 19 Feb - 14 Apr)

For the full range of ticket prices and performances between 15 Jan - 17 Feb please visit

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Creative Team

Writer Carl Grose
Lyrics Carl Grose, Tom Morris, Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler
Composer-Lyricists Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler
Producers Bristol Old Vic, Trafalgar Entertainment Group, Eilene Davidson, Richard O'Brien, David Adkin and Neil Laidlaw Productions
Director Tom Morris
Designer Jon Bausor
Puppetry Design and Direction Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié for Gyre & Gimble
Movement Director Jane Gibson
Additional Choreography Lynne Page
Music Supervisor Tom Deering
Costume Designer Jean Chan
Lighting Designer Rob Casey
Sound Designer Simon Baker
Hair, Make-up and Prosthetic Designer Susanna Peretz
Arrangements Tim Phillips, Marc Teitler and Tom Deering
Casting Director Anne Vosser
Executive Producer Donna Munday


James Alexander-Taylor
Mark Anderson
Julie Atherton
Sanne Den Besten
Ewan Black
Julian Bleach
Christina Bloom
Jonathan Cobb
Leo Elso
Claire-Marie Hall
Sean Kingsley
Jim Kitson
Sophia Mackay
Louis Maskell
Loren O'Dair
Amanda Wilkin

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