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Once

Live at

The Alexandra, Birmingham

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Mon 1 Jun - Sat 6 Jun 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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The Alexandra, Birminghamchange

Mon 1 Jun - Sat 6 Jun 2020
Suffolk Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4DS
Mon - Sat at 19:30
Wed and Sat at 14:30 and 19:30
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

The Alexandra, Birmingham

Suffolk Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4DS
Birmingham New Street Station and Grand Central.
The box office is open from 12pm - 6pm on Mon - Sat. On show nights box office will close 15 mins after show starts. On Sundays and Bank Holidays the box office is open 2 hours before the performance start time.
For every performance our Box Office will be open 2 hours before the show begins and for evening performances will close 15 minutes after the scheduled start time. Sunday/Bank Holidays: The Box Office is closed unless there is a performance.
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The Alexandra was built in 1901 by William Coutts and was originally called the Lyceum. The theatre is home to first class entertainment and has welcomed productions such as Doctor Dolittle, starring Phillip Schofield and the sell-out version of Peter Pan with Joe Pasquale. This stunning theatre was recently relaunched as The Alexandra following a £650,000 refurbishment.

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The Alexandra, Birminghamchange

Mon 1 Jun - Sat 6 Jun 2020
Suffolk Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4DS
Mon - Sat at 19:30
Wed and Sat at 14:30 and 19:30
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]