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

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Quirky, Exquisite, Great staging, Romantic, Enchanting

About the Show

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

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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

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 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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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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What's On Stage (UK)
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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