The Grinning Man to transfer to the West End

Louis Maskell in The Grinning Man. Photo: Simon Annand Louis Maskell in The Grinning Man. Photo: Simon Annand
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Tom Morris’s The Grinning Man will transfer to Trafalgar Studios in London following its premiere at Bristol Old Vic last year.

Based on the novel The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo, the production begins previews from December 5, with a press night on December 18.

Other Bristol Old Vic shows to transfer to London in recent times include Jane Eyre and Peter Pan, both at the National Theatre. Its production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night transfers to Wyndham’s in January.

Written by Kneehigh writer Carl Grose, the show is described as a “romantic gothic musical”.

Leading the cast is Louis Maskell as Grinpayne, and Julian Bleach who will play Barkilphedro, both of whom starred in the original production.

Further casting is to be announced.

The Grinning Man features music by Tim Phillips, design by Jon Bausor and puppetry by Gyre and Gimble.

Trafalgar Entertainment is producing the show with Bristol Old Vic.