New British musical The Grinning Man is set to transfer to London at the end of this year. With a book by Carl Grose, the musical is based on the novel The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo. The story follows an orphan named, Grinpayne, who is scarred with a horrible smile, which he uses a bandage to cover his face and hide. It has music by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, with lyrics by Grose, Philips and director Tom Morris.
The Grinning Man
The Grinning new musical which premiered at the Bristol Old Vic in 2016, written by Carl Grose based on Victor Hugo's 1928 film 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.