- Posted By: sfinch on: Tue, 29th Jan 2013 at 3:55pm
Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitešić (pictured) will take the lead roles of the Guy and the Girl in Once, which opens at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End on 9 April.
John Tiffany’s production of the eight-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical will take its London bow following previews at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre from 22 February – 9 March.
Bennett is an actor, singer and songwriter. His theatre credits include Rent and American Idiot on Broadway and Taboo in the West End and on UK tour. After finding success as a member of the band Point Break he released three solo albums. His film credits include Contagion and Downtown Express.
Cvitešić has been a member of the Croatian National Theatre since 2005, where her roles included Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Gwendoline in The Importance of Being Earnest. Her film and TV credits include What Is A Man Without a Moustache?, On the Path and Ples Sa Zvijezdama, the Croatian version of Dancing with the Stars.
Bennett and Cvitešić will be joined by Valda Aviks, Ryan Fletcher, Aidan Kelly, Gareth O’Connor, Michael O’Connor, Miria Parvin, Jos Slovick, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Jez Unwin and Gabriel Vick.
Alternating the role of the Girl’s young daughter Ivanka will be Poppy-Lily Baker, Mia-Jai Bryan, Pacha Anna Green and Nancy Ann Jeans.
Once is based on the 2006 Irish movie that starred creators Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová in the otherwise nameless lead roles of the Guy and the Girl. The stage musical has replicated the success of the minimally-budgeted, quickly shot film, which was a surprise international hit.
Its story of a struggling busker who falls in love with a Czech immigrant in Dublin is told almost entirely through Hansard and Irglová’s touching songs. One of these, Falling Slowly, won the Best Song Oscar in 2008.