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This show closed on May 5, 2018

About The Grinning Man

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.

Run Time

2hrs 30min (inc. interval)

Start Date

End Date

Age

Suitable for ages 12+

Defies theatrical convention by keeping its hand on its heart and its tongue in its cheek.
The Guardian
Weird and wonderful, a dark delight.
Daily Telegraph

Trafalgar Studios

14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY

One of the most exciting and unique spaces in London, Trafalgar Studios plays host to a wide range of inspiring and diverse theatre, offering audiences a refreshing change from the norm and often a chance to see work that wouldn’t otherwise have found a place in the West End. With stars such as John Simm, Mathew Horne, Robert Webb, Lee Evans, Alan Cumming & Nicolas Hoult all having taken to the stage, and work from playwrights Neil LaBute, Patrick Marber, Philip Ridley & Sam Adamson, the theatre is developing a reputation for fresh and challenging new work, as well as a loyal following. Trafalgar Studios has also developed a groundbreaking international exchange programme with both Sydney Theatre Company and New York based LAByrinth Theater Company.

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