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About The Show

Following its hugely successful premiere at Bristol Old Vic where it received nightly standing ovations, the critically acclaimed new musical The Grinning Man transfers to the West End for a limited season only.

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 visually stunning puppetry of Gyre & Gimble, The Grinning Man invites you to be seduced by the darkness from 6 December.

"This stunning new musical demands to be seen"

                                 The Times 

"The best puppetry since War Horse"

 Mail on Sunday


The Guardian

The Telegraph

The Times

The Observer

The Sunday Times

The Independent

Daily Mail

Sunday Express

Mail on Sunday

 "A Riot of Imagination"

                                 The Times

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Creative Team



Tim Phillips & Marc Teitler




Carl Grose, Tom Morris, Tim Phillips & Marc Teitler

Tom Morris

Sound Designer

Simon Baker

Puppetry Design and Direction

Gyre & Gimble

Music Supervisor

Tom Deering

Costume Designer

Jean Chan

Lighting Designer

Rob Casey


Bristol Old Vic

Movement Director

Jane Gibson

Set Designer
Jon Bausor

Carl Grose


Trafalgar Entertainment


David Adkin


Neil Laidlaw


Eilene Davidson


Richard O'Brien

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