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Once On This Island Tickets

The Tony Award-winning musical comes to London.
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About Once On This Island

Sail away to the Caribbean to discover a tale of loss, sorrow, destiny, and ultimately, the strength of love, and book Once on This Island tickets on TodayTix.

It's hrilling whenever there’s a new production of this beloved Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical, but this show is even more special because of where it takes place. The beautiful outdoor Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre will undoubtedly give new life to this musical which centres on nature and the elements.

A Caribbean-inspired take on The Little Mermaid, this stunning, transportive musical uses Calypso rhythms and instruments to make you feel like you’re sitting in a tropical paradise. It tackles topics such as colonization and classism while celebrating Black joy.

Once on This Island is actually a story within a story, as village storytellers weave the legend of an island ruled by four gods: Asaka, Mother of the Earth; Agwé, god of Water; Erzulie, goddess of Love; and Papa Ge, demon of Death. The gods place a bet to see if love or death is stronger.

Ti Moune finds herself in the middle of the action. As she falls in love with Daniel, a boy from the other side of the island, Ti Moune must stay strong. What transpires is a story of passion, loss, and prejudice as Ti Moune proves against the odds stacked against her that love is more powerful than death.

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Run time

90 minutes (no interval)

Start date

May 10th, 2023

End date

June 10th, 2023

Categories

Age

This musical is most suitable for ages 10+. In any event, children under the age of 4 will not be admitted.

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Production note
The auditorium and stage are completely uncovered and shows in the main theatre repertoire may be cancelled or abandoned because of the weather. Tickets are non-refundable in the event of cancellation because of the weather but may be exchanged.

Once On This Island cast and creative team

By: Lynn Ahrens
Music: Stephen Flaherty
Director: Ola Ince
Cast list: Gabrielle Brooks, Stephenson Ardern-Sodje, Anelisa Lamola, Ashley Samuels, Emilie Louise Israel, Lejaun Sheppard, Courtney-Mae Briggs, Jonathon Grant, Chris Jarman, Natasha Magigi, Bernadette Bangura, Hanna Dimtsu, Nay-Nay, Cassandra Lee, Cherece Richards, Mikel Sylvanus, Marco Titus, Janai Bartlett, Lexi Kowlessar, Nesisa Mhindu, Kirsten Muzvuru, Nielle Springer, Olivia St Louis
Design: Georgia Lowe
Costume: Melissa Simon-Hartman
Lighting: Jessica Hung Han Yun
Sound: Nick Lidster for Autograph
Choreography: Kenrick 'H20' Sandy

Venue

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, United Kingdom, NW1 4NU

Directions

Location: Off West End
Railway station: Baker Street
Bus numbers: (Marylebone Road) 18, 27, 30, 74, 205, 453; (Baker Street) 2, 13, 82, 113, 139, 189, 274
Night bus numbers: (Marylebone Road) 18, 27, 205, 453 N13, N18, N74; (Baker Street) 139, 189
Car park: Inner Circle Pay & Display, just outside the Theatre Exit Gate (0 mins). Free parking on the Inner Circle after 6:30pm.
Directions from tube: (10 mins) Baker Street is the nearest tube station to the Open Air Theatre. Exit Baker Street on to Marylebone Road and turn left. Proceed past Madame Tussauds along Marylebone Road and turn left into York Gate. Continue straight up York Gate and over York Bridge, leading to the Inner Circle. Pass through the large gates into the park and walk straight until you see the theatre on your left. Entry to the Open Air Theatre is via the Box Office in Queen Mary’s Gardens within Regent’s Park.

More information about Once On This Island

Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens — the Tony Award-winning duo behind Ragtime, Seussical, and Anastasia — collaborated on Once on This Island. Since its 1990 Broadway premiere, numerous revivals continue to attract prominent actors to the mesmerizing story: Norm Lewis, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Lea Salonga, and Lillias White have all performed in the show.

This Regent’s Park production is no exception when it comes to great performances of this vibrant musical. Critically acclaimed and award-winning director Ola Ince directs the show , with seasoned West End actors Gabrielle Brooks and Stephenson Ardern-Sodje leading the cast as Ti Moune and Daniel, respectively.

What to Watch For:

  • Rosa Guy’s 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl inspired Once on This Island. It’s a modern retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, encompassing Guy’s Trinidadian roots. The author co-founded the Harlem Writer’s Guild in 1950, aiming to develop works by writers of the African Diaspora. Members and participants included Maya Angelou, Audre Lorde, Douglas Turner Ward, and many others.
  • The 2017 Broadway revival played at the Circle in the Square Theatre and featured live animals, including chickens and a goat. and a river set at the far end of the stage.
  • Gabrielle Brooks, who plays Ti Moune, is an Olivier Award-nominated actress. She's best known for playing Rita Marley in Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical. She also plays Nadia in the hit Netflix show Shadow & Bone.
  • In 2020, it was announced that a film adaptation will be coming to Disney+ with a script by playwright Jocelyn Bioh and directed by Wanuri Kahiu. So, if you haven’t seen the Once on This Island musical before, you’ll want to get your tickets for this London production before it hits the small screen.
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