Theatre Week: ‘The Grinning Man’

Theatre Week: ‘The Grinning Man’

For today I want to start with the most recent show I’ve seen which is ‘The Grinning Man’ at Trafalgar Studios.
This show has been extended twice now and is as of today, showing until may 5th! Subsequently, this post wont include any spoilers but, it is truly incredible. The head of acting from my college went to see it and he said it was the best piece of theatre he’d seen in 20 years and that we all had to go see it. Naturally, with such high praise as that –  I felt the need to go and see it too!
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My friend Moneka and I took a rather spontaneous trip to see this show, we have a kind of unspoken agreement that whenever we’re in need of a theatre partner we ask eachother first… it makes me a little nervous when it’s my turn to suggest a show in case it isn’t as good as I’ve made it sound. With ‘The Grinning Man’ however, I can undoubtedly confirm that this was unwarranted. In my opinion (and that of all others I know who have seen it) this show is ball of pure wondrous, goodness  – just AhhhhhHHH! Can you tell I loved it, I don’t know if I’m being too subtle here??
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The show itself is a musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1869 novel ‘The man who laughs.’ It also involves stunning puppetry (and I mean puppets playing with puppets level of puppetry!) actor musicians and an incredible score.
Brief Synopsis as quoted from the website: “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.”

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The entire cast and creative team were astounding! The show didn’t just live up to the hype but completely smashed it. THIS is the kind of theatre I want to make one day. Also, the theatre was beautiful and very cleverly designed!

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The show is originally Bristol Old Vic production that transferred to Trafalgar Studios – directed by Tom Morris.
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We also visited convent Gardens before the show which was really lovely! I’m not entirely sure what I can say about the show without giving something away! I might try and update this once the run has ended (which will be a sad day) but for now, I simply couldn’t let this day go by without mentioning this beautifully inspiring piece of theatre. Also just a quick shout out to the artist of the drawing in the feature image – Carne Griffiths, it’s truly incredible – I’m in love with it!
Please feel free to comment and let me know what your favourite piece of theatre is – I would love to hear and also maybe learn of some new shows! I hope you all a wonderful national theatre day! And if for you, like me one specified day for celebrating theatre isn’t enough, feel free to stick around this week for more theatre appreciation posts! <3
(Thank you to Moneka for taking some of these Photos after my phone had died!)

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