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The Grinning Man

Following its hugely successful premiere at Bristol Old Vic, the critically acclaimed new musical The Grinning Man has transferred to the West End and “demands to be seen” (The Times).

From Tony Award-winning director Tom Morris (War Horse), Kneehigh writer Carl Grose and featuring “an outstanding score” (Sunday Times) by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, The Grinning Man is a magical reimagining of the classic novel by Victor Hugo (Les Misérables).

What Is The Grinning Man About?

A strange new act has arrived at the fairground. Who is Grinpayne and how did he get his hideous smile? Paraded as a freak, then celebrated as a star, only the love of a sightless girl can reveal his terrible secret.

Set in a fantastical world created by designer Jon Bausor (Bat Out of Hell), and brought to life with the “astonishing puppetry” (What’s on Stage) of Gyre & Gimble, the original War Horse puppeteers, The Grinning Man invites you to be seduced by the darkness at the Trafalgar Studios.

Cancellation Policy

No exchanges or refunds after purchase.

How Does It Work

You will receive a voucher after purchase. Please print and present on arrival.

Suitable For Children

Age Restriction: Recommended for brave 12 year olds and above. Some scenes contain sexual references and swearing.

When Can I Go

5 December 2017 - 14 April 2018

Where Do I Go

Trafalgar Studios

14 Whitehall



Closest Tube: Charing Cross and Embankment (Northern and Bakerloo)

Trafalgar Studio 1

Latest customer reviews

  • Unique and beautiful

    1 April 2018

    I loved this show and this was my second visit to see it. It is traditional theatre at its best. It is a beautiful story told in s unique way. I loved the subtle interactions with the audience. The use of the stage and theatre was very clever. Beautiful songs and an incredible cast. I highly recommend seeing it.

    Charmain Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • 10 December 2017

    Brilliant show. Well worth a watch

    Jodi Confirmed ticket purchaser

Latest critic reviews

  • A stunning new musical with puppetry from the director of War Horse, this is a deliciously convoluted tale of the search for truth

    The Times

  • "While Louis Maskell’s face is covered for most of the performance, he’s still able to deliver a monstrously emotive performance"


  • "It is a remarkable, entrancing achievement and a treat for anyone who likes their storytelling with plenty of dark magic thrown in.

    What's On Stage