The Grinning Man
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The Grinning Man
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The Grinning Man London Reviews and Tickets

91%
(8 Ratings)
Positive
88%
Mixed
12%
Negative
0%
Members say
Clever, Enchanting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

About the Show

Tom Morris (War Horse) directs this tragi-comic musical about a family of outcasts in a sideshow.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (8)

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60 Reviews | 3 Followers
68
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you like the spectacular

Don't see it if you expect memorable songs

39 Reviews | 1 Follower
100
Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You’re a fan of dark stories, puppetry, music and theatre

Don't see it if You want a musical where you leave humming a recognisable melody

34 Reviews | 0 Followers
85
Unique, Heartbreaking, Gothic, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you enjoy puppetry on stage, and dark, creative story telling.

Don't see it if your favourite musical is Legally Blonde. This is not that!

16 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Masterful, Intense, Clever

See it if you like the idea of classic story blended with a phenomenal score

Don't see it if you want something light and happy

12 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Riveting, Must see, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if It's a MUST SEE if it ever returns, amazing staging, puppetry, music, I was gripped and could easily watch again.

Don't see it if You want to be blown away, or don't like puppet's even if it's done spectacularly

19 Reviews | 1 Follower
100
Romantic, Quirky, Great staging, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if A beautiful story, using acting with puppetry to such great effect. A charming, enthralling and engaging production I adored and recommend

Don't see it if You don't like puppetry or charming stories

19 Reviews | 0 Followers
90
Great acting, Great singing, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Enjoy quirky and fairytale feelings to shows

Don't see it if You want a big scale show or find fanatical stories unengaging

10 Reviews | 0 Followers
95
Beautiful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like dark and quirky musicals. Characters are rooted in the grotesque rather than reality, and the whole show has a fairy tale quality

Don't see it if …if… I can’t really think of a reason why you wouldn’t want to see this show! Read more

Critic Reviews (9)

Time Out London
December 19th, 2017

‘The Grinning Man’ is a brave stab at a new musical that’s no worse and far more interesting than most bog-standard West End fodder.
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The Arts Desk
December 19th, 2017

Tom Morris's production is a visual delight that needs considerable streamlining and strengthening of tone if it is to amount to more than the musical theatre catch-all that it would seem to be at present.
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The Times (UK)
December 19th, 2017

No, however much I try to put this stunning new British musical into a box, it crawls out and demands to be seen as its own deliciously strange thing...Whatever you call this moving, amusing oddity, I simply loved it.
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The Telegraph (UK)
December 19th, 2017

Morris immerses the audience deep in a ghoulish, carnivalesque aesthetic...A dark-hearted Christmas treat.
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The Independent (UK)
December 19th, 2017

In Morris’s production, it all unfolds like a fevered, slightly bonkers but luridly compelling fairy story...The score has an organ-grinding, carnival quality.
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The London Evening Standard
December 19th, 2017

The music from Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler is copious but largely unmemorable and the singing is too often unexceptional.
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WhatsOnStage
December 19th, 2017

It is a remarkable, entrancing achievement and a treat for anyone who likes their storytelling with plenty of dark magic thrown in.
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London Theatre
December 18th, 2017

The show’s rather triumphant finale is underpinned by chants of “hallelujah, praise to the Grinning Man”, and I’d be inclined to agree...it would benefit from losing ten minutes to keep up the second act’s pace, but it had me grinning.
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