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Arthur Darvill joins cast as Once celebrates St Patrick's Day with charity Gala performance

Arthur Darvill (Guy) in Once. Photo credit: Joan Marcus.

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ARTHUR Darvill, who recently played the leading role of Guy in the Broadway production of Once, will reprise the role when he joins the West End cast on March 17, 2014 (St Patrick’s Day).

Last month, the eight-time Tony award-winning musical released over 400,000 new tickets for sale, taking bookings at the Phoenix Theatre to July 4, 2015.

To celebrate its first birthday in the West End, St Patrick’s Day and Darvill’s first performance, Once is joining forces with the charity Oxfam for a special Gala Night, when the West End cast will be joined at the Phoenix Theatre by a VIP audience.

The Gala is specifically fundraising for Oxfam’s Mother Appeal, which celebrates mums around the world and aims to help mothers worldwide lift themselves and their families out of poverty for good. The appeal, which runs until the end of March, hopes to raise over £10 million for Oxfam’s vital work.

Tickets go on sale today (February 21, 2014) for March 17’s Gala, with prices from £30 – £200. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Oxfam’s Mother Appeal.

Lauren Laverne, a supporter of Oxfam’s Mother Appeal, said:

“By helping mothers around the world create a better life for themselves, we can help create a better future for the next generation as well as taking the opportunity to celebrate the love and hard work of the mums in our lives (even if that means you!). It’s great that the West End production of Once and Oxfam are teaming up to raise vital funds for the Mother Appeal.

“The musical could not be a better example of how a struggling mother strives to give her young daughter the best in life. Everyone can do their bit for the appeal by giving unwanted goods to Oxfam shops, Shwopping clothes in M&S, holding a fundraising event with friends, or simply donating money via Oxfam’s website.”

Based on the much-loved Oscar-winning film, Once is a celebration of love, friendship and music. When an Irish busker and a young Czech mother meet through a shared love of music, their songwriting sparks a deep connection and a tender, longing romance that neither of them could have expected.

Actor/musician Arthur Darvill’s previous London theatre credits include Our Boys (Duchess Theatre), Soft Cops (Royal Shakespeare Company), Doctor Faustus (Shakespeare’s Globe), Been So Long (Young Vic) and Swimming with Sharks (Vaudeville Theatre). As a television actor, Darvill played the Doctor’s companion Rory in Doctor Who for two years. More recently, he was seen as the Reverend Paul Coates in ITV’s award-winning Broadchurch and The Duke of Buckingham in The White Queen for the BBC.

As a composer Darvill’s work includes The Bacchae (English Touring Theatre), Been so Long (Young Vic), The Front Line (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Artefacts and 50 Ways to Leave your Lover (Bush Theatre).

Directed by John Tiffany, Once opened at the Phoenix Theatre in April last year where it has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.

Read more about Once.

For more information visit www.oncemusical.co.uk/.