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Once

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Milton Keynes Theatre

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Mon 17 - Sat 22 Feb 2020

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Based on a cult 2006 Irish indie feature, originally shot on a micro-budget of just $160,000, it tells the uplifting yet yearning story of a part-time Dublin guitarist busker (who works by day in his dad's Hoover repair shop) who falls unexpectedly in love with a young Czech immigrant fellow musician. As we follow their relationship across five short days, big changes happen to both of them in little ways.
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Milton Keynes Theatrechange

Mon 17 - Sat 22 Feb 2020
500 Marlborough Gate, Central Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 3NZ
Mon - Sat at 19:30
Thu and Sat at 14:30
For bookings of 10 or more please contact our group teams as below;
West End venues, Group Line 020 7206 1174 or email [email protected]
All other venues please call 020 7206 1179 or email [email protected]

Why go and see it?

A Broadway and West End hit musical that's a ravishing love story with a bittersweet difference, Once casts a spell over the audience just as its two lead characters cast a spell over each other.

As conjured by a score of original Irish-inflected songs, written by the original stars of the film Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, the atmosphere is partly a busked concert and partly an aching romance that feels both spontaneous and freshly minted. The music, played live by the actors themselves, is alternately beautiful and rousing, and Enda Walsh's script quietly overwhelms with its sense of spirit, sincerity and solitude.

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There's no other show quite like it. It's the most unusual, unique and affecting musical you're ever likely to see. It has a spontaneous free-form improvisatory vitality, yet it is also emotionally precise in the understated air of longing that anyone who has ever been in love will recognise instantly. And audiences will fall head over heels in love with the show, too. Once is a genuine one-off which you'll need to see at least once -- but it's also unlikely to be your last time, as you'll want to see it again (and again).

This show wins standing ovations the old-fashioned way: with a love story, great songs, compelling characters and inventive stagecraft. At this point in Broadway history, this feels downright revolutionary
- New York Post
An exquisite reminder of theater's singular capacity to transport us
- Th Hollywood Reporter
A love affair with music… fresh and unexpected
- The New York Times

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What the critics say

It's funny, its truthful, it sings
- The Times
Wins you over with its simplicity, charm and air of sweet melancholy
- The Guardian
Charmingly funny and affecting
- The Independent

Milton Keynes Theatre

500 Marlborough Gate, Central Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 3NZ
Milton Keynes Central Station
Box Office open from 12:00pm – 15 mins after the performance commences. 12:00pm – 16:00pm on non show days. Open 1h 30m before show start on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
The Box Office closes 15 minutes after the performance commences. Open 90 minutes before curtain up on Sundays and Bank Holidays
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Access
Enjoy the sumptuous surroundings of our new Piano Bar, open from 18:00 where you can enjoy an array of delights including live piano music, a selection of premium wines and delicious food.
There is a cloakroom at this venue.

Milton Keynes Theatre is an entertainment centre of excellence. Opening on 4 October 1999, after a 25 year campaign to get a new theatre built, the 1400 seat auditorium, with its fully retracting ceiling makes every visit memorable. Milton Keynes Theatre offers a wide and varied programme of first class dance, drama and musicals - perfect for all ages to enjoy!

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Watch the trailer

Milton Keynes Theatrechange

Mon 17 - Sat 22 Feb 2020
500 Marlborough Gate, Central Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 3NZ
Mon - Sat at 19:30
Thu and Sat at 14:30
For bookings of 10 or more please contact our group teams as below;
West End venues, Group Line 020 7206 1174 or email [email protected]
All other venues please call 020 7206 1179 or email [email protected]