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), Ewan Black (Trelaw), Seanne den Besten (Dea), Mark Anderson, Julie Atherton, Jim Kitson, Sophia Mackay, Amanda Wilkin, James Alexander-Taylor, Christina Bloom, Jonathan Cobb, Leo Elso, Claire-Marie Hall, Loren O'Dair


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)
Costume: Jean Chan
Lighting(s): Rob Casey, Richard Howell

The Grinning Man

The Grinning Man (Musical) production archive for QTIX code T2083056566. Details of all The Grinning Man archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S0987095002

Archive Listings

5 Dec 17
5 May 18
Trafalgar Theatre
West End, Greater London
Performance Details => Venue archive



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