This captivating and heart-warming musical based on the film by John Carney grabs you from the outset and holds the audience close until its final bars.
When an Irish busker and a young Czech woman meet through a shared love of music, their songwriting sparks a deep connection and a tender romance that neither of them could have expected.
It is a simple format, glorious storytelling of love and humanity performed by extraordinary actor-musicians on a static set.
The simplicity belies the talent and complexity of the musicians and score; the acapella number in Act 2 is sublime.
The Irish influence is evident in the musical style it is a sheer celebration of life.
There is so much to enjoy in this production, the choreography from Francesca Janyes feels like a beating heart; whilst the cinematic nature of the script is deftly handled by director Peter Rowe.
This is a jazz hand free zone it is so much more subtle and vital in its beauty.
Sean Kelly (Guy) and Emma Lucia (Girl) grasp the thrill of creativity and romance with commitment and style.
The entire company are excellent, the vocals and musicianship is dazzling without a weak link.
It is unsurprising that the show has been an international success; it is essential viewing in the days of big budget sequinned musicals. Less is frequently and often so very much more.
Fight for a ticket, you will be enchanted and moved by the magic of this glorious cast.
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Reviewer: Petra Schofield
Once, with the Book by Enda Walsh and music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, is based on the film written and directed by John Carney.
It is showing at the Theatre Royal in Bath until Saturday 7th March 2020.
For more information and tickets, visit the Theatre Royal website.