Cracked hearts. Strange fates. Monstrous souls. Impossible dreams.
The Grinning Man is a brand new tragicomic freakshow musical directed by Tom Morris and based on The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo.
The King is dead, but who the hell cares? A strange new act has arrived at the fair in the centre of the capital, a grotesque oasis of entertainment.
Soon everyone from the gutter to the palace 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 a wolf, he has a story to tell. A tale so tragic and so strange that not even he can guess how it will end.
This thrilling new musical is brought to life by writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase, Tristan and Yseult), and features a sensational original score by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler and puppetry from Gyre and Gimble, the original puppeteers of War Horse.
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