The Grinning Man
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.
2hrs 30min (inc. interval)
Suitable for ages 12+
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.