Once: The Musical

Cast: 5f 8m

Staging: can be simply staged

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Paperback, 80 pages ISBN: 9781848423107Publication Date:
7 Mar 2013
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook, 80 pages ISBN: 9781780012230Publication Date:
14 Mar 2013
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
First Staged:
New York Theater Workshop, 2011

Once: The Musical

By Enda Walsh By (composer) Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

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  • Best Book of a Musical, Tony Awards - 2012
  • Best Musical, Tony Awards - 2012

When an Irish busker and a young Czech mother meet through a shared love of music, their songwriting sparks a deep connection and a tender, longing romance that neither of them could have expected.

Based on the much-loved Oscar-winning film, Once is an extraordinary, original and irresistibly joyous celebration of love, friendship and music. With music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, it has a book written by Enda Walsh.

Once won eight Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway in 2012, including Best Book and Best Musical. It opened in Dublin in February 2013 before transferring to the West End.

Press Quotes

'Miraculously retains the intimate feeling and freshness of fringe... it's funny, it's truthful, it sings. If London audiences don't love it to bits I disown them'

The Times

'Wins you over with its simplicity, charm and air of melancholy'


'There is genuine warmth and inclusiveness to this show... best of all is Enda Walsh's script, which has great, puckish fun applying a bit of Brechtian silliness to the romcom formula'

Time Out

'Quiet, wistful, tender... it has a delicate soulfulness and a truthful charm'

Evening Standard

'Charmingly funny and affecting... demonstrates the power of music both to express deep psychic hurt and to perform a cure of sorts'


'Walsh captures the fragile charm of the original movie in a book bursting with unexpected humour... offers a glimmer of sophistication to audiences tired of back-catalogue musicals and asinine plots'

The Stage

'The musical has a masterful, even revelatory, book by the Irish playwright Enda Walsh... it is no traditional screen-to-stage adaptation. Rather, it's a textbook example of how to do it right.'

Chicago Tribune

'Original and emotionally exhilarating.'

Washington Post

Cast: 5f 8m

Staging:can be simply staged

Performing rights not held by Nick Hern Books

Paperback,80 pages ISBN: 9781848423107Publication Date:
7 Mar 2013
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook,80 pages ISBN: 9781780012230Publication Date:
14 Mar 2013
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

Also by Enda Walsh:

The Small Things
A Girl's Bedroom
The Ginger Ale Boy
How These Desperate Men Talk
My Friend Duplicity
misterman (2001 edition)
Roald Dahl's The Twits
The New Electric Ballroom
The Same
Lazarus: The Complete Book and Lyrics
Enda Walsh Plays: Two
Medicine & The Same: two plays
The Walworth Farce
Enda Walsh Plays: One
Sucking Dublin
Disco Pigs & Sucking Dublin
Disco Pigs
bedbound & misterman: two plays
Room 303
Lynndie's Gotta Gun

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