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Once at the Phoenix TheatreThe Show
Once is a bitter-sweet love story which is assured to warm your heart and make you giggle. Packed full of live performances from an incredible cast of actor-musicians this musical really does celebrate the power of music. Once tells the story of an Irish singer and songwriter called Guy who works with his father fixing vacuum cleaners in the family shop. Guy is on the verge of giving up on music altogether until his life is turned around by a Czech Immigrant, ?Girl' who believes in the power of his music. After fixing Girls vacuum cleaner, they spark an unexpected friendship and Girl convinces Guy to believe in his music and his love for the woman who inspired his songs. Watch as their relationship evolves, fuelled around their passion for music and becomes a complicated yet powerful love-story. Be prepared for the wit, invention and unforgettable songs in Once to dazzle you.

History of Once
Once is the theatrical adaptation of the film released in 2006. The musical premiered in Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on the 18th March 2012. The production has been performed on Broadway over 1,167 times and has managed to wow both audiences and the critics. The shows West End debut was not long after and it premiered at the Phoenix Theatre on the 9th April 2013. From November 17th 2014 Ronan Keating has been staring as the lead role of Guy in Once, and he is set to play this role until this production ends on March 15th 2015.

Why book London theatre breaks to see the Once
With an array of beautiful songs, this deeply evocative, inspirational show is bound to strike an unforgettable chord not just with music lovers but anyone who can relate to a good heart-warming love story. This musical definitely dares to be different, so don't miss your chance to see it before it's too late. Why not add an extra bit of sparkle to your theatre break and book your theatre tickets alongside a stay in one of our Top London hotels.

Awards and what the critics have to say
Although this musical may not have been running long it has proved to be massive success. Not only did the Broadway production receive 8 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Award, it received a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. The West End Show has also done considerably well within a short space of time, despite only being premiered on the 16th March 2013, this production has gone on to win a Award for Best Original Musical and 2 Laurence Oliver Awards in 2014 for Best Actress ain a Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music. "Wins you over with its simplicity, charm and air of sweet melancholy" - Micheal Billington, The Guardian"The show wins its standing ovations the old-fashioned way: with a love story, great songs, compelling characters and inventive stagecraft." - Elisabeth Vincetti, New York Post"Ronan Keating makes a brilliant debut on the West End stage" - BBC Radio 2This show has also got great reviews of previous Hotel Direct customers; why not take a look online?

Interesting facts about Once
  • The production stars Ronan Keating, multi-platinum recording star who made his name in the hit band Boyzone before embarking on a successful International Solo Career.
  • The song "Falling slowly" originally from the film and featured in the musical won an Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards for Best Original Song.

Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Road


5 min walk from Leicester Square Tube Station. Continue along Charing Cross Road for 300metres and theatre will be on the right.


Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Road

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Audience reviews of Once

Superb, 90%

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All Once reviews are written by customers who have seen the show. Hotel Direct invites all theatre break guests to submit a review.

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"worthy of it`s accolades !"

"Fantastic show ! music was fantastic ,Ronan was fabulous in his part ,as were all the other actors ... well done everyone"

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"Wonderful unusual show, could Not fault it."

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"The highly talented and musically versatile cast of `Once` put on a brilliant show."

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"Most enjoyable the time just flew by"

"Ronan Ketting was great in the part"

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"A must see"

"If you can only take in one show whilst in London make it ONCE!!!. Laughter, tears, great musicians, hope and love, it`s got it all... Very viewer inclusive, audience encouraged to access the stage at the beginning for a bit of a shin dig and the at the interval to purchase drinks from the set bar. Oh and Mr Keaton gets his pants off......"

Once Review Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 50 reviews.
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