Once at Phoenix Theatre tickets
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About the show

Once the Musical premiered Off-Broadway in New York, going on to sell out theatres on Broadway, in Dublin, at London’s Phoenix Theatre and now across the world as it embarks on a worldwide tour.

Winning an incredible eight Tony Awards and two Oliver Awards, there is no denying the success of Once the Musical, which has wowed audiences and critics alike. Once is based on the true life love story of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, which John Carney adapted into a film starring the two. The film was hugely successful, winning an Oscar for Best Original Song. The story was then adapted for the stage by Enda Walsh and John Tiffany.

Set in Dublin, Once tells the tale of a “Guy” and a “Girl.” Guy is using his recent break up to fuel his music when he meets Girl, a single young Czech mother who needs her hoover fixed. With the power of music, not only does Guy fix Girl’s hoover, they also manage to fix each other. When Girl discovers Guy’s dream of recording an album and taking his music to New York, the pair embark upon a journey to make this happen, swinging in and out of the bar, the bank and the recording studio with the help of a few friends along the way. Things become slightly complicated as Girl introduces Guy to her daughter. Despite their broken hearts, the pair seem to fall for one another.

Once is both funny and amusing with an array of incredibly moving musical numbers largely written by the real life couple that inspired the show. Musical highlights include songs ‘If You Want Me’ ,’Say It to Me Now’, ‘Gold’, ‘When Your Mind’s Made Up’ and of course the show’s signature song ‘Falling Slowly’.

Recommended for

Fans of a folk music will love this show for its incredible on stage band and beautifully written music. Those who enjoy shows such as The Commitments will enjoy this musically enamoured production.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for 12+ (bad language)

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Opened: 16 Mar 2013
Press night: 09 Apr 2013
Booking from: 24 Feb 2015
Booking until: 20 Mar 2015

Seating plan

For detailed seating information for Once, please check out our interactive Phoenix Theatre seating plan with 3785 seat reviews and 2375 photos of views from seat.

Location and map

Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0JG

37 Reviews Add review

This is a really beautiful show where the actors perform all the instruments live on stage as where as acting as their characters.... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 6 helpful votes

This show is an emotional one with traditional sounding music, actor-musicians and an unsatisfying plot. The highlights were the ensemble... More

SophCG 5'9", 37 reviews, 0 helpful votes

clemonylemony 5"8.5, 54 reviews, 1 helpful vote

lishoefer 176cm, 47 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This show was gorgeous. Definitely recommend taking tissues. Love the way they open the stage up as a practical bar before the show... More

z0esparkles 5"6, 42 reviews, 2 helpful votes

KathEastaugh 5"10, 64 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I thought the show was OK. I didn't like the storyline. I found it hard to follow at times and it wasn't a happy happy ending. I enjoyed... More

sarahward 5 foot, 333 reviews, 7 helpful votes

taroly 178cm, 35 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Marybethx 5"3, 101 reviews, 1 helpful vote