once the musical

14 November 2014

I think I have mentioned before that The Frames is one of the first bands I truly fell in love with. Thanks to my Irish best friend, I became a fan, she took me to their gig in London for my 19th birthday, I loved Glen Hansard, and I bought the DVD for the film Once as soon as it was out. 

I knew that the musical was going on in London, but I wasn't particularly interested in seeing it, until the same friend went and told me she loved it. So I put it on my list of to-dos that was collecting dust, until a couple of weeks ago she emailed me, letting me know there were heavily discounted tickets on sale on lastminute.com. I was on their site before you could say "marketer's dream", and grabbed tickets for £11 each. Not bad going, especially when on the night, I thought that our seats were more than decent in terms of view.

If you don't know the story at all, don't go expecting a dramatic plot or much drama and action. This isn't that kind of musical, which is the charm of it. Obviously I am a huge fan of the music, and I thought the cast on the night did a great job - the whole show is understated but touching and original. 

Also, they have a bar on stage during the interval, which is a nice touch!

If you're not looking for a big West End extravaganza but want to see a musical with a difference, I would highly recommend giving Once a go. 

Even if you don't, you must listen to The Swell Season. It's the perfect soundtrack for Autumn. 


  1. Another two weeks and I'll be there - not been to the theatre in London for so long and I can't wait!

  2. I really enjoyed the film Once - I remember seeing it years ago when it first came out, and I have the DVD too. The musical sounds like fun, and I love the idea of a bar on the stage haha!

  3. LOVE the way this theater is set up! The stage looks really pretty.

  4. Glad you enjoyed it - I've not see it, but I know the music, and from what you've said and from the reviews I've read, do you think maybe the success has been down to the fact that it is a lot more understated than most musicals? A refreshing change?

  5. This is currently playing in Melbourne too. Oh my, I just love it. I don't even like musicals but I could watch this one over and over :)

  6. When my friend and I were in London last summer, we went to see several musicals. We'd just go and see what tickets they had available for the next few days (as they were usually discounted by that point). He had seen Once (the movie) and thought it would be fun to see the play, but I had no idea what I was in for. HOLY AMAZING. Loved it so much I took my boyfriend to see it this year when it toured in our town!

    <3 Kelsea | Kels Shark


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