The story of last night in the West End wasn't just HAMILTON's. At Trafalgar Studios, the transfer of Bristol Old Vic's THE GRINNING MAN had its first performance. See how the cast handled the clash. Plus, celebrities are queuing up to record their own takes on songs from the show. Watch Alexander Armstrong, Louise Dearman and Harry Enfield do their thing...
THE STORY OF TONIGHT is two shows sharing their #firstpreview in the West End! Wishing @HamiltonWestEnd all the luck over at #VictoriaPalace, from your pals at #TheGrinningMan @TrafStudios. #WatchMeSmile pic.twitter.com/dOOzfGXLy5— The Grinning Man (@grinningmanLDN) December 6, 2017
Celebrity takes on The Grinning Man songs
Celebrities have been so entranced by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler's music of THE GRINNING MAN that they have recorded unique versions of their favourite tracks from the show. These are being released on YouTube throughout December, and the first three - featuring Harry Enfield, Alexander Armstrong and Louise Dearman -
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THE GRINNING MAN cast is led by Louis Maskell, in the title role of Grinpayne, and Julian Bleach, who plays Barkilphedro, a vengeful clown with a heart of lead. It has a book by Carl Grose, direction by Bristol Old Vic artistic director Tom Morris, design by Jon Bausor and puppetry by Gyre & Gimble. THE GRINNING MAN officially opens at Trafalgar Studios on Monday 18 December.