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Full casting announced for hit musical Once

Posted on 18 November 2019

Full casting is announced today for the first major UK tour of the multi-award-winning musical Once, showing at the Belgrade Theatre from Tuesday 10 until Saturday 14 March 2020.

Joining the previously announced Daniel Healy as Guy and Emma Lucia as Girl will be Dan Bottomley as Billy, Matthew Burns as Eamon, Ellen Chivers as Reza, Rosalind Ford as Ex-Girlfriend, Lloyd Gorman as Svejc, David Heywood as Emcee, Samuel Martin as Bank Manager, Peter Peverley as Da, Susannah Van Den Berg as Baruska and James William-Pattison as Andrej. Completing the cast are Emma Fraser, Seán Keany, Hanna Khogali and Conor McFarlane.

To coincide with the announcement, a brand new trailer for the show has also been released today, which you can watch below.

Based on the critically acclaimed 2007 film by John Carney, Once tells the story of two lost souls – a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician – who unexpectedly fall in love. Set across just five days, this uplifting production follows their blossoming romance and the big changes that happen to them both in little ways.

Both film and stage adaptation feature a celebrated original score by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, including the Academy Award-winning song Falling Slowly, which features in the video above.

Following the incredible success of the cult Irish indie film, which was shot on a micro-budget of just $160,000, Once made its stage premiere at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2011 before transferring to Broadway in 2012, where it won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Since then, the show has been performed around the world, with the 2013 West End production receiving an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Daniel Healy and Emma Lucia return to the roles of ‘Guy’ and ‘Girl’ after their warm reception last year at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. Daniel Healy is a singer-songwriter, musician and actor, who has co-written songs for multi-platinum artist Ronan Keating including the single Breathe, which topped the BBC Radio 2 Playlist. Theatre credits include Backbeat and Once, both in the West End. Emma Lucia made her professional debut as Marilyn and understudying Carole King in the UK Tour of Beautiful, before taking on the role of Girl in Once.

Once is directed by Peter Rowe with set and costume design by Libby Watson, musical supervision by Ben Goddard, choreography by Francesca Jaynes, lighting design by Mark Dymock, sound design by James Cook, projection design by Peter Hazelwood and orchestrations by Martin Lowe. Casting is by Debbie O’Brien.

Once shows at the Belgrade Theatre from 10-14 March 2020. Tickets are available to book now.