From the moment we sat down in the Phoenix Theatre and saw the audience walking on stage to purchase their drinks from the on-stage bar, we knew we were about to watch a truly unique show. Based on the 2006 Oscar winning film of the same name, the story is part romance, part comedy, part drama and a big part, all about a shared love of music.
A chance meeting between a struggling Irish busker who by day fixes hoovers for his Dad’s business and a Czech immigrant with a zest for life and a love of playing pianos when she can, leads to both reassessing their priorities and chasing their dreams. Interwoven with stories about family, relationships and friendships, some of the challenges and complexities of thirty-something’s lives are addressed in insightful and relatable ways.
The truly talented cast all act, sing, dance and play musical instruments throughout the show, often remaining on stage away from the action to provide the soundtrack to the performance. Whilst for many musicals singing and dancing is synonymous with being cheesy, there is not a shred of cheese about Once. The characters and story are real, the music & songs are moving and overall this ensemble is just on stage having a really good time – and so is the audience!
Once is playing at The Phoenix Theatre and is currently booking through until 31 May 2014. It is located close to The Grafton, The Hampshire and The Liecester Square Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels.