Once in a Lifetime


Three actors in a struggling vaudeville troupe travel West to try their luck in 1930s Hollywood. With the advent of talking pictures, it’s a changing industry. A chance meeting with a film journalist gives the friends an idea: brimming with chutzpah they found a school of elocution for starlets of the silver screen, to help them adapt to ‘talkies’. When their scheme takes off they are plunged into the frenetic world of a Hollywood studio, full of glitz and glamour – but as their responsibilities escalate, will the lustre last?

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Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, adapted by Christopher Hart
The Young Vic
Richard Jones
Hyemi Shin
Nicky Gillibrand
Cast list: 
Harry Enfield, Daniel Abelson, Claudie Blakley, Okorie Chukwu, Lucy Cohu, Lizzy Connolly, Buffy Davis, Otto Farrant, Amy Griffiths, Amanda Lawrence and John Marquez
West End
Once in a Lifetime Schedule
Opening date: 
Tuesday, 6 December, 2016
Available from: 
Saturday, 29 April, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 14 January, 2017
Saturday, 14 January, 2017

Young Vic

66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ
Venue Box Office:
020 7922 2922
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Our Review

In an unusual break for the Young Vic, London's 'hippest' venue and creator of high octane classic rediscoveries, this gentle revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman 1930 hit comedy Once in a Lifetime seems something of an oddity. A satire on the film industry and the Hollywood studio machine it's a piece that is certainly showing its age and Richard Jones' production which boasts an... Read more

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