The Grinning Man archiveAt the city fair, a grotesque oasis of entertainment, a strange new act has arrived. Soon everyone from the gutter-rats to the new queen has fallen for the hand-made freak Grinpayne and his hideously beautiful face. But who is he really? And how did he come to be so marked? Together with an old man, a blind girl and wolf he has a surreal story to tell. Dreams are lived, destinies entwined and the darkest desires are made monstrous flesh in a musical like no other. Based on The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo.


Louis Maskell (Grinpayne), Julian Bleach (Barkilphedro), Sean Kingsley (Ursus), Gloria Onitiri (Princess Josiana), Audrey Brisson (Dea), Ewan Black, Alice Barclay, Stuart Angell, Patrycja Kujawska, Stu Barker, Pete Flood, Ross Hughes, Tarek Merchant, Stuart Neal, Gloria Obianyo


Book by: Carl Grose
Music(s): Marc Teitler, Tim Phillips, Tim Phillips, Marc Teitler
Lyrics(s): Carl Grose, Tom Morris, Tim Phillips, Marc Teitler
Producer: Bristol Old Vic
Director(s): Tom Morris, Finn Caldwell (puppets - for Gyre & Gimble)
Design(s): Jon Bausor, Finn Caldwell (puppets - for Gyre & Gimble), Toby Olie (puppets - for Gyre & Gimble)
Lighting: Richard Howell
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The Grinning Man

The Grinning Man (Musical) production archive for QTIX code T1288293039. Details of all The Grinning Man archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S0987095002

Archive Listings

13 Oct 16
13 Nov 16
Bristol Old Vic
City of Bristol

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