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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

  • Grinning

    25 February 2018

    It was a very interesting story with great effects and music thou rally enjoyed it would go again

    Sylvia Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Amazing

    24 February 2018

    Brilliant production. Puppetry is amazing. Brilliant adaptation and amazing cast. Loved. It.and an Intimate setting so you feel part of the playxx

    Sarah Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • fantastic show!

    23 February 2018

    A great evening out and amazing singing. My 12 year old was amused by all the rudeness (maybe a tad bit grown-up for him). The story and actors were brilliant.

    cathy Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Entrancing all the way through

    23 February 2018

    Excellent performance, the actors interaction with the audience pulled you closer to the tragic tale. The gothic feel to the scenery and costumes along with the puppetry made it a play I would encourage anyone to go to..

    The three grannies 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