The Grinning Man
The Grinning Man

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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.

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The Grinning Man Child Policy:
Recommended for brave 12 year olds and above. Some scenes contain sexual references and swearing.
Carl Grose
Songs by:
Music by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, lyrics by Carl Grose, Tom Morris, Phillips and Teitler
The Grinning Man Performance Dates & Times
Opening date: 
Tuesday, 5 December, 2017
Available from: 
Wednesday, 20 December, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 17 February, 2018

Trafalgar Studio One

14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY
Nearest tube:
Charing Cross

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Latest The Grinning Man News & Features

Production photos released for The Grinning Man at Trafalgar Studios
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Images for new musical The Grinning Man, which is currently running at Trafalgar Studios, have been released.  Based on the novel The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo, the musical is about Grinpayne who an orphaned child who was scarred in his youth  The musical has a score by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler and a book by Carl Grose. It was praised for its original songs following the original run in Bristol, and transfers to London with its original star Louis Maskell, who is known for previous roles in West Side Story (UK tour) and The Fix (Union Theatre).

Video: Louis Maskell and director Tom Morris on The Grinning Man
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Fresh from its world premiere at Bristol Old Vic last year, The Grinning Man sets up shop in the West End this week with a two-month run at Trafalgar Studios. Based on a novel by Victor Hugo (as was mega-musical Les Miserables), The Grinning Man is about Grinpayne, an orphaned child who was scarred in his youth and is forced to cover his horrifying face behind a bandage.

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Musical The Grinning Man set for West End transfer in December
Friday, October 6, 2017

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.

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