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Once - David Hunter and Jill Winternitz join cast

David Hunter

Casting news

FROM May 12, 2014, David Hunter and Jill Winternitz will lead the cast as Guy and Girl respectively in the Olivier award-winning production of Once, which is currently booking at the Phoenix Theatre until July 4, 2015.

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.

David Hunter, who originally joined the show in July last year understudying the role of Guy, was a semi-finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s television programme Superstar. His theatre credits include One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre/UK Tour/Adelphi Theatre), Seussical (Arts Theatre), The Who’s Tommy (Prince Edward Theatre), The Hired Man (Leicester Curve), Spinach and Love Shift (The Royal Exchange, Manchester) and Moving On (The Lowry, Manchester).

Hunter has recently filmed Nativity! 3 which is due to be released later this year.

Jill Winternitz

Jill Winternitz made her West End debut starring as Baby in Dirty Dancing (Piccadilly Theatre/UK Tour). Her other theatre credits include A Handful of Soil (Drayton Theatre), The Seagull (Moscow Art Theatre School) and Sunday in the Park with George (Interlochen Center for the Arts). Her film work includes The Sorrows and The Replacement Child.

From May 12, the West End cast will also includes Fiona Bruce (as Baruska), Jamie Cameron (Emcee) Mark Carlisle (Da), Matthew Ganley (Svec), Mathew Hamper (Andre), Daniel Healy (Eamon), Loren O’Dair (Reza), Miria Parvin (Ex-girlfriend), Tim Prottey-Jones (Billy) and Jez Unwin (Bank Manager).

Alternating the role of Girl’s young daughter Ivanka will be Juliana Cotton, Demi Lee, Gemma Loader and Ruby Payne.

Last month, Once was the winner of two coveted Olivier awards – including the first ever recipient of the Olivier for Outstanding Achievement in Music. The show has also won eight Tony awards, including Best Musical, and the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. In addition, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová’s Falling Slowly won the Oscar for Best Original Song.

The Broadway production continues at the Bernard B Jacob’s Theatre, and later this year an Australian production will open at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne. A US tour is also ongoing.

Read more about Once.