Sean Kingsley and Ewan Black, who previously co-starred in the award-winning Bristol Old Vic production of the musical, have been confirmed to play Ursus and Trelaw in the West End premiere. Sanne den Besten, new to the cast, will play Dea.
Louis Maskell, who was recently nominated for Best Performance in a Musical for his role in the Bristol production, will lead the cast in the title role of Grinpayne, the show’s disfigured hero. Julian Bleach plays the role of the deliciously corrupt court clown Barkilphedro.
Joining the cast are Mark Anderson (Book of Mormon), Julie Atherton (Avenue Q), Jim Kitson (Much Ado About Nothing), Sophia Mackay (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds her Chameleon Skin) and Amanda Wilkin (Hamlet). Completing the company are James Alexander-Taylor, Christina Bloom, Jonathan Cobb, Leo Elso, Claire-Marie Hall, and Loren O'Dair.
Please note, The Grinning Man is recommended for brave 12-year-olds and above. Some scenes contain sexual references and swearing.
‘Defies theatrical convention by keeping its hand on its heart and its tongue in its cheek.’
‘Blackly comic brilliance.’
‘Weird and wonderful, a dark delight.’
'An extraordinary amalgam of fairytale, puppetry, romantic drama and black comedy'
‘The best puppetry since War Horse’
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There are no booking fees for this production.
However, all bookings made through ATG Tickets for this venue are subject to a £3.50 Transaction fee.
All Super Seats include choice of nibble box, welcome drink and programme or theatre gift.
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Trafalgar Studios 1 & 2 are accessible for Wheelchair Users. The main entrance to the theatre is on Whitehall. The Foyer, Foyer Bar and Box Office are on street level. Please note, Trafalgar Studios are only able to accommodate small wheelchairs - up to 30” or 77cm width (no mobility scooters) due to size and weight restrictions (225 kg max) on our lifts.
For Studio 1 you can enter the foyer step free, take the lift to the lower level then a stair lift brings you to the front of the auditorium. The Wheelchair Spaces are in the front row and are clear view.
For Studio 2 access is step free into the foyer, take the lift to the lower level then there is level access into the auditorium. The Wheelchair space is again in the front row & clear view.
If Wheelchair Patrons would rather transfer into a seat then the wheelchair can be stored during the performance and brought back to you at the end of the show.
Please allow enough time (20 minutes) for wheelchair patrons to get to their seats.
The infrared hearing loops now work in Rows F-H in Studio 1 (best reception in more central seats); in Studio 2 best reception is in A5-8, B6-9 C7-10 or D7-8. Devices are at the Box Office, £10 deposit is required. There are two devices available: Induction Loop Necklace Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the induction loop necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified. The necklace has an adjustable volume control. Headset This device amplifies sound through earpieces similar to regular headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid.
Guide Dogs are permitted in the auditorium or can be looked after by staff during the show.
The disabled toilet is on the lower level in the Studio Bar and can be reached by Wheelchair Users from the foyer and from both auditoriums.
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ATG continues to make the safety and security of its customers and staff a priority. As such, please bear in mind that we may undertake bag checks, so recommend you leave extra time to avoid queues, and refrain from bringing suitcases rucksacks and large bags into the Theatre. Many thanks for your cooperation.
Mon-Sat, 10:30am to 7.45pm