Our mind's made up: the casting for Once at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch is 'Gold'

02 Aug
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff
Once casting at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch...

They're known for fabulous regional premieres of West End classics and this latest production is no exception! The Queens Theatre Hornchurch have announced the casting for their latest production, ONCE this October. Leading the cast is Daniel Healy, who was in the cast during its West End run!

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has today announced its ensemble cast of actor-musicians for its UK regional premiere of the Tony-Award® winning musical ONCE. It will star Daniel Healy as Guy; he originally played Eamon and was also the understudy for Ronan Keating and Arthur Darvill as Guy in the West End production.

ONCE runs at the Queen’s Theatre from 3 – 20 October.

Emma Lucia is playing Girl and made her professional debut in the National Tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Joining them are Rachel Dawson as Ex-Girlfriend (The Jungle Book, UK Tour); Lloyd Gorman as Svejc (Sunny Afternoon, Harold Pinter Theatre); Sean Kingsley as Billy (Les Misérables, Queens/Palace Theatre); Samuel Martin as Bank Manager (The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s Globe); Caolan McCarthy as Eamon (The Plough and The Stars, National Theatre); Peter Mooney as Emcee (The Commitments, West End & UK Tour); Peter Peverley as Da (The Tempest, Northern Stage); Kate Robson-Stuart as Reza (Crazy For You, UK Tour); Susannah van den Berg as Baruska (Sister Act, UK & International Tour) and James William-Pattison as Andrej (The Last Ship, UK Tour).

Three girls from the local community will complete the cast alternating as Ivanka, Girl’s young daughter. 

ONCE tells the unforgettable story of a Dublin street musician and a funny Czech woman, drawn together by their shared love of music. This smash-hit romance musical, co-produced with the New Wolsey Theatre, opens in Ipswich on Thursday 6 September before transferring to Hornchurch. This production continues the flourishing partnership between the two theatres following recent successes including Rope, Worst Wedding Ever, The Ladykillers and Made in Dagenham. 

ONCE is based on the 2007 film of the same name, written and directed by John Carney. Like the film, music and lyrics are by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, and features the Academy Award-winning song Falling Slowly. The book for the musical is written by Enda Walsh.

This musical is directed by Peter Rowe, Artistic Director at the New Wolsey Theatre, with designer Libby Watson, musical director Ben Goddard, sound designer James Cook and lighting designer Mark Dymock.