It’s been a decent year for new, great British musicals. While everyone is still talking about Jamie, Conor McPherson’s Bob Dylan musical Girl From the North Country is gearing up for a West End transfer, and a personal highlight of the year is the Menier’s peppy production of Adrian Mole. At Trafalgar Studios, direct from Bristol, there’s another success story brewing in The Grinning Man which, much like a certain other musical in the West End, is based on a novel by... Read more
The Grinning Man is a new musical which premiered at the Bristol Old Vic in 2016, written by Carl Grose based on Victor Hugo's 1869 novel The Man Who Laughs.
The king is dead, but who the hell cares? A strange new act has arrived at the fair in the centre of the capital, a grotesque oasis of entertainment. Soon everyone from the gutter-rats to the new queen has fallen for the hand-made freak Grinpayne and his hideously beautiful face. But who is he really? And how did he come to be so marked? Together with an old man, a blind girl and wolf, he has a story to tell. A tale so tragic and so strange that not even he can guess how it will end.
Carl Grose’s previous wok includes Hansel and Gretel and Cymbeline for Kneehigh, Beauty and the Beast at the Lyric Hammersmith, and Wormy Close at Soho Theatre.
The musical has a score by Tim Phillips (Esiotrot for BBC), and Marc Teitler (Baddies the Musical), with lyrics by Phillips, Teitler, Grose and Tom Morris.