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The Grinning Man

Overview

 EXTENDED FOR THREE FINAL WEEKS – MUST END 5 MAY! BEST AVAILABILITY FROM 16 APRIL.

Following its hugely successful premiere at Bristol Old Vic, the critically...

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Age guidance: 12+

Running time: 2hrs 30min (including interval)

Overview

 EXTENDED FOR THREE FINAL WEEKS – MUST END 5 MAY! BEST AVAILABILITY FROM 16 APRIL.

Following its hugely successful premiere at Bristol Old Vic, the critically...

Read More

Age guidance: 12+

Running time: 2hrs 30min (including interval)

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Location

Trafalgar Studios, London
14 Whitehall,London,SW1A 2DY

The Grinning Man

 EXTENDED FOR THREE FINAL WEEKS – MUST END 5 MAY! BEST AVAILABILITY FROM 16 APRIL.

Following its hugely successful premiere at Bristol Old Vic, the critically acclaimed new musical The Grinning Man has transferred to the West End and 'demands to be seen' (The Times).

From Tony Award-winning director Tom Morris (War Horse), Kneehigh writer Carl Grose and featuring 'an outstanding score' (Sunday Times) by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, The Grinning Man is a magical reimagining of the classic novel by Victor Hugo (Les Misérables).

A strange new act has arrived at the fairground. Who is Grinpayne and how did he get his hideous smile? Paraded as a freak, then celebrated as a star, only the love of a sightless girl can reveal his terrible secret.

Set in a fantastical world created by designer Jon Bausor (Bat Out of Hell), and brought to life with the 'astonishing puppetry' (What’s on Stage) of Gyre & Gimble, the original War Horse puppeteers, The Grinning Man invites you to be seduced by the darkness at the Trafalgar Studios.

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.’
The Guardian

★★★★
‘Blackly comic brilliance.’
Daily Telegraph

★★★★
‘Weird and wonderful, a dark delight.’
Daily Telegraph

'An extraordinary amalgam of fairytale, puppetry, romantic drama and black comedy'
StageTalk

‘The best puppetry since War Horse’
Mail on Sunday

The Grinning Man

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.

Trafalgar drink and programme packages are available.

The Grinning Man Access

Booking Information

Access Booking line: 0800 912 6971

Trafalgar Studios Visual Story: a visual resource to help prepare visitors for a new experience and to help them become familiar with new surroundings and what to expect. Click here to download it 

Access Performances

To get the access discount for these shows you must join the ATG Access Membership Scheme; call 0844 8717677, email trafalgarbox@trafalgarentertainment.com or visit the box office in person


Access Performances
  • Audio Description None scheduled
  • Sign Language Interpreted None scheduled
  • Captioned None scheduled
  • SUR Titles None scheduled
  • Relaxed Performances None scheduled
Venue Access Information

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 25” or 65 cm width and 43’’ or 110cm length (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 A17-22, B24-29 and C34-39. 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.

Trafalgar Studios Information

Trafalgar Studios
  • If you're driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of Q-Park's Theatreland Parking Scheme saving 50% off off-street car parking charges for up to 24 hours. To qualify, simply present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office and the car park machine will automatically charge you half price. Our nearest Q-Park car park is Trafalgar and the next nearest is Chinatown.
  • See the Access page for information
  • Enjoy one of Trafalgar Studio's great bars.
  • A cloakroom is available at this venue.
Trafalgar Studios

14 Whitehall
London


SW1A 2DY


Directions

By bus: 3 11 12 24 53 77a 88 91 139 159 453


Contact Information
Telephone Booking : 0844 871 7632

Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.

Groups Bookings : 020 7206 1174

Access Bookings : 0800 912 6971

Stage Door / Admin:* : 0207 321 5400

Security

Trafalgar Studios makes 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.

 

Trafalgar Studios Box Office Opening Hours

Mon-Sat, 10:30am to 7.45pm

Trafalgar Entertainment Group

Trafalgar Studios is owned and operated by Trafalgar Entertainment Group, a live entertainment business launched in 2017 by Sir Howard Panter and Dame Rosemary Squire DBE. For more information on the company and its flagship venue Trafalgar Studios, see www.trafalgarentertainment.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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The Grinning Man Group Bookings

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Email: groupsales@theambassadors.com

Groups Booking line: 0333 009 5385 Calls charged at local rate.

Groups Benefits
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  • No booking fees on selected shows
  • Huge savings on the majority of shows
  • Easily amendable reservations
  • Reserve more than one show at once
  • No deposits required
  • Reservations are invoiced, and are easy for you to review and check before paying
  • Tickets posted free to your door
  • Pre-book hospitality packages

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