A guy, a girl and the song that brought them together.

Winner of eight Tony Awards® in 2012, including BEST MUSICAL, Once tells the unforgettable story of a Dublin street musician and a funny Czech girl, drawn together by their shared love of music.

As they assemble a band from her wild Czech family and his quirky Irish mates, the craic grows, the music flows and they fall slowly in love. The ensemble of actor-musicians play their instruments live on stage, in a dynamic show that will steal your heart.

Once is what happens when you take chances and go for your dreams.

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The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

The New Wolsey Theatre is a producing and receiving house nationally renowned for the quality and diversity of their productions, both as a sole producer and in collaboration with a diverse range of artists and companies.

With a distinct reputation for musical work, often widely featuring actor-musicians, the New Wolsey are leading players on the development of new musicals, staging the world premieres of It’s a Wonderful Life, 20th Century Boy, Mods & Rox, Miss Nightingale, Midsummer Songs and, most recently, Oxy & the Morons.

Musical revivals have included: A national tour of the Tim Firth and Madness musical Our House, Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera, an actor-musician version of Sweet Charity, Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, and Made in Dagenham in co-production with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.

The New Wolsey Theatre and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch co-produced the UK Regional Premiere of Once in Autumn 2018, receiving tremendous critical acclaim from the industry, press and audiences alike.

Artistic Director: Peter Rowe
Chief Executive: Sarah Holmes

Original Co-Producer

Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch is a vibrant regional theatre, with a rich heritage, working in outer East London, Essex and beyond, celebrating its 25th birthday in 2018.

As the cultural hub of the region, over 200,000 people enjoy the programme each year, including homegrown theatre, visiting live entertainment and inspiring Learning and Participation projects. Audiences are guaranteed a warm welcome from a winner of UK Theatre’s Most Welcoming Theatre in 2016 and 2017.

Autumn 2016 saw Douglas Rintoul’s first season as the Queen’s theatre new Artistic Director, opening with the critically acclaimed regional premiere of musical Made in Dagenham, a co-production with the New Wolsey.

Artistic Director: Douglas Rintoul
Executive Director: Mathew Russell

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Press Acclaim

★★★★★

“Raises the heart
& hits the spot”

Libby Purves, theatreCat

★★★★

“You must have a heart of stone
if you’re not moved by Once [...] Ultimately triumphs with is stirring cocktail of folksy tunes and wistful romanticism”

Fergus Morgan, The Stage

★★★★

“so moving you will want to see this
production more than Once [...] the choral version of Gold is spine tingling, and throughout the show the vocals make love with the theatre’s acoustics, it is a gorgeous show”

Paul T Davies, British Theatre

“Without doubt one of the best things you’ll see at the theatre this, or any other, year.”

Paul Monkhouse

★★★★

“Moving, beautifully produced musical that’s good for the ears and heart”

Everything Theatre

“The folk music melodies and actor-muso cast are the pull for this production – and this cast doesn’t disappoint… I implore you to see it. It will be a new favourite.”

Tomm Ingram londontheatre1.com

Nominated for 6 Off West End Awards

Best Musical Production

Once

Best Musical Director

Ben Goddard

Best Female Performance in a Musical

Emma Lucia

Best Male Performance in a Musical

Daniel Healy

Best Supporting Male in a Musical

Sean Kingsley

Best Supporting Male in a Musical

Samuel Martin

The Team

Peter Rowe, Director

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Libby Watson, Designer

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Ben Goddard,
Musical Director

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Francesca Jaynes,
Choreographer

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Mark Dymock,
Lighting Designer
James Cook,
Sound Designer

Audiences Love Once

  • ★★★★★
    Really enjoyed the show - Peter Rowe’s version brings new energy and pathos to the story. If you haven’t got a ticket for the show - go buy one - you will not regret it!

    ★★★★★
    Great show, fantastic cast. Loved it.

    ★★★★★
    Absolutely amazing production! All the cast were amazing. Definitely recommend this show.

  • ★★★★★
    What an absolutely wonderful show. Every single member of the cast is so multi-talented, and it is by far the best show I have seen.

    ★★★★★
    We loved it, fantastic show, excellent musicianship and acting.

    ★★★★★
    Excellent show, wonderfully vibrant singing.

  • ★★★★★
    Absolutely fantastic and with the standing ovation and the cheers that went up I wasn’t alone in my praise for the show.

    ★★★★★
    Great opening production with superb cast, music and singing. Not to be missed.

    ★★★★★
    What an absolute joy! Talented musicians, great story and fabulous music. The show exceeded my expectations and left me on a high for my journey home.

  • ★★★★★
    Outstanding entertainment. Loved this as a film, totally enhanced now by this wonderful live production.

    ★★★★★
    A great high-energy musical performed brilliantly by all the Artists. Absolutely excellent.

    ★★★★★
    What an amazing musical - great singing playing and dancing. So uplifting - loved it - a must see!

  • ★★★★★
    An emotional tour de force. I can see no way to improve this astonishing show. Each member of the cast is fully engaged in the ensemble whenever they are on stage. All the performances are strong and deliver a convincing plot through beautiful music. The design is imaginative but literal. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we have bought tickets to a second performance.

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For More Information

Sophie Flack, Programme Manager

T: 01473 295914

E: sflack@wolseytheatre.co.uk

Sarah Holmes, Chief Executive

T: 01473 295913

E: sholmes@wolseytheatre.co.uk

New Wolsey Theatre

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Ipswich,
Suffolk,
IP1 2AS

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Photography: Mike Kwasniak. Copyright © 2018 New Wolsey Theatre