Discover his inspiration for the children’s story about a cheeky little fellow with big dreams of being in the spotlight.
Having been celebrated for its West End run to date, The Grinning Man has been extended until the 14 April at London’s Trafalgar Studios.
The critically acclaimed and award winning show transferred to the West End in December, having premiered at Bristol’s Old Vic.
The production has been declared “a triumph” by The Times, “miraculous” by The Observer, and “awe-inspiring” by The Sunday Express.
It recently inspired famous faces such as Harry Enfield, Kelsey Grammar, and Matt Lucas to interpret its songs, all of which can be viewed in our YouTube playlist here.
The Grinning Man is directed by the Tony Award winning Tom Morris, Led by Louis Maskell in the title role of Grinpayne and Sanne den Besten as Dea, with Julian Bleach as vengeful clown Barkilphedro. The production also stars Sean Kingsley, Julie Atherton, Amanda Wilkin and Mark Anderson.
The romantic gothic musical is based on the Victor Huge novel The Man Who Laughs, and reunites Morris with two puppeteers who began their careers inside Joey and Topthorn in the original production of War Horse – Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié – now leading their own puppetry company Gyre & Gimble.
Find more photos from the production here.
Grab tickets to The Grinning Man, now booking until the 14 April 2018, through Ticketmaster.co.uk.