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of taking the fi lm and transforming it for the stage, whilst maintaining its heart, its raw honesty and its emotional content set so deeply within real connections we all know and have experienced. And there’s some damn fi ne music and a killer company of actors and musicians.


And booze onstage.”


Joining Bennett and Cvitešić in the West End will be the Broadway show’s entire creative team. Scenic and costume designs will be created by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Clive Goodwin,


musical supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe and movement by Steven Hoggett. “We’re all doing what we can to maintain the vision, share the music and bring a part of ourselves into the frame,” says Bennett. “T ere are a lot of new shades to the stage version but it’s still Once. It’s still that same fi lm I saw in a tent at Glastonbury with about 20 people in the p***ing down rain fi ve years ago that gripped me from start to fi nish. “Stories like this are cathartic for us all. It helps you in your own journey through the mess,” he says. Cvitešić concludes: “I personally don’t want the audience to expect anything and then they can get everything. T ey can laugh and cry and think and change, as we did. T e only thing they have to do is enter the theatre with an open heart and let us do the rest.” T e London production of Once will open at


the Phoenix T eatre on 9 April, with previews from 16 March and is currently booking to 30 November 2013.


For tickets and more information call the Box Offi ce on 0844 871 7629 or visit Oncemusical.co.uk.


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