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Full casting announced for the first major UK tour of the musical Once

Daniel Healy as Guy and Emma Lucia as Girl

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FULL casting has been announced for the first major UK tour of the musical Once.

Joining previously announced Daniel Healy (as Guy) and Emma Lucia (Girl) are Dan Bottomley (Billy), Matthew Burns (Eamon), Ellen Chivers (Reza), Rosalind Ford (Ex-Girlfriend), Lloyd Gorman (Svejc), David Heywood (Emcee), Samuel Martin (Bank Manager), Peter Peverley (Da), Susannah Van Den Berg (Baruska) and James William-Pattison (Andrej).

The cast also includes Emma Fraser, Seán Keany, Hanna Khogali and Conor McFarlane.

Previously Posted: One of the most celebrated musicals of all time, Once will embark on its first major UK tour from January 2020.

Following a run at Fairfield Halls, Croydon from Thursday, December 19, 2019 to Saturday, January 11, 2020, the tour will visit Southend, Liverpool, York, Woking, Milton Keynes, Bath, Coventry, Stoke, Malvern, Aberdeen, Nottingham, Oxford, Brighton, Sheffield, Cardiff, Southampton, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Canterbury, Leicester, Salford, Newcastle, Plymouth and Glasgow.

Based on the critically acclaimed and much-loved film, Once tells the uplifting yet yearning story of two lost souls – a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician – who unexpectedly fall in love. Following their relationship across five short days, big changes happen to both of them in little ways.

Celebrated for its original score including the Academy Award-winning song Falling Slowly, Once is a spell-binding and uplifting story of hopes and dreams.

Once embarks on its first major UK tour after acclaimed runs on Broadway and in the West End, and having won awards across the world including the Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, eight Tony Awards and an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

The cast will be led by Daniel Healy as Guy and Emma Lucia as Girl, who return to the roles after receiving critical and audience acclaim in this production’s 2018 premiere at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch.

Daniel Healy is a singer-songwriter, musician and actor, who has co-written songs for multi-platinum artist Ronan Keating (who played Guy in the West End production) including the single Breathe, which topped the BBC Radio 2 Playlist. His theatre credits include Backbeat and Once, both in the West End.

Emma Lucia made her professional debut as Marilyn and understudying Carole King in the UK Tour of Beautiful, before taking on the role of Girl in Once.

Further casting is to be announced.

Once is directed by Peter Rowe, with set and costume design by Libby Watson, musical supervision by Ben Goddard, choreography by Francesca Jaynes, lighting design by Mark Dymock, sound design by James Cook, projection design by Peter Hazelwood and orchestrations by Martin Lowe. Casting is by Debbie O’Brien.

Once has a book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh, and music and lyrics by Academy Award-winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who, for Falling Slowly, won the Oscar for Best Original Song. It is based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney. The Original Production Concept is by John Tiffany.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.oncethemusicalonstage.com/.

Image: Daniel Healy as Guy and Emma Lucia as Girl.