Following its hugely successful premiere at Bristol Old Vic, the critically acclaimed new musical The Grinning Man transferred to the West End.

From Tony Award-winning director Tom Morris (War Horse), Kneehigh writer Carl Grose and featuring “an outstanding score” (Sunday Times) by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, The Grinning Man is a magical reimagining of the classic novel by Victor Hugo (Les Misérables).

A strange new act has arrived at the fairground. Who is Grinpayne and how did he get his hideous smile? Paraded as a freak, then celebrated as a star, only the love of a sightless girl can reveal his terrible secret.

Set in a fantastical world created by designer Jon Bausor (Bat Out of Hell), and brought to life with the “astonishing puppetry” (What’s on Stage) of Gyre & Gimble, the original War Horse puppeteers, The Grinning Man invites you to be seduced by the darkness.

“Makes you laugh and weep in equal measures”
Gay Times
“This stunning new British musical demands to be seen”
The Times
“The best puppetry since War Horse”
Mail on Sunday
“As satisfying and heart-wrenching as anything you might see on stage at the moment.”
Whats on Stage
“A riot of imagination. I simply loved it”
The Times
“Comic brilliance”
Daily Telegraph
“A dark delight”
Daily Mail
“Simply beautiful, utterly brilliant”
Bristol 24/7
“Burstingly fresh, a riot with a heart”
Big Issue
“Defies theatrical convention by keeping its hand on its heart and its tongue in its cheek"
The Guardian
“The best british score in years”
What’s On Stage
“An audacious gem of rare quality”
Big Issue
“A gloriously enjoyable, quirkily brilliant production”
Sunday Express
“Fabulously theatrical”
The Observer
Celebrities so entranced by the score of new British musical The Grinning Man, they’ve recorded their own tracks:

Alexander Armstrong sings Stars in the Sky

Harry Enfield sings Laughter is the Best Medicine

Louise Dearman sings Born Broken

Kelsey Grammer sings Stars in the Sky


Matt Lucas and Hannah Waddingham sing I Have Never Seen a Face Like This


Carl Grose

Writer Carl Grose has worked extensively with Kneehigh theatre as writer and actor. His writing for the Cornish-based company includes The Tin Drum, Dead Dog in a Suitcase, The Wild Bride and Tristan & Yseult. Other recent writing credits include Grand Guignol (Southwark Playhouse) and Oedipussy (Spymonkey).

Carl Grose, Tom Morris, Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler
Tim Phillips
& Marc Teitler

Tim Phillips is a Canadian/British composer who has written the music for many successful screen productions, including Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot (BBC), the epic period drama Jericho for ITV, and HBO’s Entourage, as well as nine series of Shameless for Channel 4 and hit new school drama Ackley Bridge.  He honed his theatrical craft at BAC and the Lyric Hammersmith through Filter Theatre, which he co-founded.  Marc Teitler is a composer whose work spans musicals, opera, film soundtracks and albums and has had music featured in Game of Thrones. His current commissions for original musicals include The Ghost Map (dir. Bijan Sheibani).  In collaboration, Marc and Tim have written the cabaret album Burn Me Dead and they are currently developing several new musicals, including one for the National Theatre.

Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic is the longest continuously running theatre in the UK, and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2016. Under Artistic Director Tom Morris, the historic playhouse aims to inspire audiences with its own original productions, both at home and on tour, whilst nurturing the next generation of artists, whether that be through their 350-strong Young Company, their many outreach and education projects or their trailblazing artist development programme, Bristol Ferment.

Bristol Old Vic uses its funding to support experiment and innovation, to allow access to their programme for people who would not otherwise encounter it, or be able to afford it, and to keep their extraordinary heritage alive and animated.

Since 2016, while the theatre continues to present work, it has simultaneously been undergoing a multi-million pound redevelopment project to transform its front of house space into a warm and welcoming public building for all of Bristol to enjoy, create a new studio theatre and open up its unique theatrical heritage to the public for the first time. The project is due to be completed in autumn 2018.   

Trafalgar Entertainment Group

Trafalgar Entertainment Group is a live entertainment business that owns and operates distinctive, stylish cultural buildings as well as creating, distributing and live-streaming innovative content. Based at the iconic Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End, it is the latest venture from Sir Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire OBE – two of the most influential entertainment entrepreneurs of the last 20 years. 


Eilene trained at Guildford School of Acting and worked as an actress in London performing on stage and screen in her twenties. She then moved to the States where she studied playwriting and screenwriting and started working as a free-lance writer in a variety of different genres from short stories and script editing to screen writing.  Her first full length screenplay ‘Don’t look Back’ was optioned by a major studio. In latter years, Eilene has worked as a creative producer in both London and the States.  Recently produced plays include award winning “This Little Life of Mine’ at Park Theatre, critically acclaimed plays Speech and Debate’ and ‘Late Company (Trafalgar studios), A Life of the Mind (Southwark Playhouse) Insignificance (Langham NYC)  Escaped Alone (BAM NYC).  She has also worked as an associate producer on Apologia (Trafalgar) and WarPaint (Nederland theatre NYC).  Her company Stage Traffic was set up in 2016 to exclusively showcase new writing and she is due to produce the premiere of “Two Degrees’ an exciting new play on climate change and deception in Washington in Spring 2018. She is on the board of overseers at the award-winning Huntington Theatre in Boston, USA.

David Adkin is a London based Theatre Producer and General Manager.
Current/recent credits include: the National Theatre's ANGELS IN AMERICA (Neil Simon Theater, Broadway); the world premiere of DESSERT directed by Sir Trevor Nunn (Southwark Playhouse); the UK premiere of STALKING THE BOGEYMAN (Southwark Playhouse); HOLMES & WATSON: THE FAREWELL TOUR (National Tour); OUR FRIENDS THE ENEMY (Theater Row, New York City); the UK premiere of NEXT FALL starring Charlie Condou (Southwark Playhouse); the critically acclaimed sold out run of SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET starring David Bedella - Winner of Best Off West End Production and nominated for Best Musical Revival at the 2015 Whatsonstage Awards (Twickenham Theatre); and OUR HOUSE THE MUSICAL – 10th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT starring Suggs, Tameka Empson, Alistair McGowan and Wendi Peters, directed by Matthew Warchus (Savoy Theatre, London).
David recently worked for Robert Fox on the UK premiere of David Bowie and Enda Walsh's musical LAZARUS at Kings Cross Theatre. In 2015, he was the Festival Producer for the OLD VIC NEW VOICES FESTIVAL (Old Vic).
David is a bursary recipient of the Society of London Theatre’s Stage One Producers Scheme; a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute (New York City); and the Chairman of Cherwell Theatre Company - a charity providing arts based opportunities for young people in his hometown.

Neil Laidlaw Productions is a commercial Producer and General Manager, headed by Neil Laidlaw. He is currently a co-producer of the West End production of Annie and Oslo at the Pinter Theatre. In 2016 he was also one of the co-producers of the West End transfer of Daniel Evans’ Sheffield Crucible production of Show Boat. In 2015 he co-produced Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton which transferred from Chichester Festival Theatre to the Savoy Theatre, London and won four 2016 Olivier awards; for Best Actress (Imelda Staunton), Best Supporting Actress (Lara Pulver), Best Lighting Design (Mark Henderson) and Best Musical Revival. Prior to this he was co-producer of A Doll’s House starring Hattie Morahan which was originally presented by the Young Vic. This production transferred to BAM, New York for a 5 week run in Spring 2014. NLP also acted as General Manager for Catherine Schreiber Productions on the UK premiere of the Kander and Ebb musical The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic in Autumn 2013.

Other producing credits include Annie (UK Tour); The Steamie by Tony Roper (Scottish Tour); Jigsy (UK Tour); Side by Side by Sondheim (Leicester Square Theatre, London); Beautiful Thing (Sound Theatre, Leicester Square, London –Evening Standard Best Newcomer award for the performance by Andrew Garfield); Hormonal Housewives (Scottish Tour); The Musical of Musicals - The Musical! (Sound Theatre, London and Kings Head Theatre, London); Notes from Underground (Trafalgar Studios, London).

NLP also specialises in theatre production finance and is currently working with Playful Productions as a freelance Production Accountant. Work with them includes Wicked (London and UK tour), Million Dollar Quartet, Onassis and Flare Path. He has worked for the Old Vic, the National Theatre, Sadlers Wells, Hampstead Theatre and Wicked in New York.

James Alexander-Taylor

Trained at Arts Educational School – Musical Theatre. James has worked extensively in Puppetry and Motion Capture.

Theatre credits include: War Horse (National Theatre/West End), Walking with Dinosaurs (UK Tour), Dinosaur World Live  (UK Tour).

Motion Capture credits include: Dunkirk, Destiny Rise of Iron & Call of Duty.

James is thrilled to be back in the West End working on The Grinning Man.  

Mark Anderson

Trained at Guildford School of Acting

Theatre credits include: Anna Of The Five Towns (New Vic); The Toxic Avenger (West End/Southwark Playhouse); Stiles & Drewe's Three Little Pigs (International Tour); Love Me Tender (National tour); The Book of Mormon – Original West End Cast (Prince of Wales Theatre); Once Upon A Mattress (Union Theatre); Legally Blonde (National tour); Mary Poppins (National tour); Hello, Dolly! (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Honk! (Watermill, Newbury); The Boy Friend (West End); You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Tabard Theatre); Thomas & Friends (Antipodean tour); Aladdin/Jack & The Beanstalk (Salisbury Playhouse).

Workshops/Readings: Fanny & Stella (Theatre Bench); The Toy Boy Diaries (Aria Entertainment); Three Billy Goats Gruff/Three Little Pigs (Stiles & Drewe); SuperOrdinary (Soho Theatre); Out There! (YMT); Lost Boys: Neverland Grows Up (Liverpool Everyman); Soapdish! (Stiles & Drewe); Blockbuster (Paul Nicholas).

Recording: Cool Rider; Honk! - The Demo Recordings.

Julie Atherton

Julie trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Theatre includes: Liver Birds Flying Home (Seabright Productions), January The Musical (Live at the Zedel), I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Arts Theatre), ShockTreatment (Kings Head Theatre), Therese Raquin (Finborough/Park Theatre), Ordinary Days (Finborough/Trafalgar Studios), The Opinion Makers (Derby Theatre), Another Way (Cockpit Theatre), Lift (Soho Theatre), Sister Act (UK Tour), The Hired Man (Leicester Curve), Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), Avenue Q (Noël Coward Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward Theatre), Fame (Aldwych Theatre & U.K. Tour), First Things Last (Lincoln Centre,
Broadway), Mrs Gucci (The Arts Theatre), Tick Tick Boom (Duchess), The Last 5 Years (Haymarket & Duchess), The Women’s Inspiration Awards (Cadagon Hall), Partners in Crime (St. James' Studio), West End Recast (Phoenix Theatre), You'll Never Walk Alone (Queens Theatre), A Spoonful of Stiles and Drewe (Her Majesty's), Little by Little (Arts Theatre), Notes from New York (Apollo), Christmas in New York (Palace Theatre), The Great British Musical in Concert (Criterion Theatre), Euro Pride (Royal Albert Hall),
Night of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall), Tomorrow Morning (Landor Theatre), Through the Door (Trafalgar Studios), Let Him Have Justice (Cochrane Theatre), Just So (Chichester Theatre), Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi (Liverpool Playhouse)

Television includes: Shakespeare and Hathaway (BBC), Doctors (BBC), The Sound of Music Live (ITV), Otherworld (BBC3), Barbara (Carlton) and Brainiacs (Sky One). She also appeared on the Royal Variety Performance filmed at the London Coliseum.

Radio includes: Big Cook Little Cook and I’m an Alien Beam Me Off Here.

Julie also starred in the Portrait of a Princess video on YouTube which has had over 790k hits, The News with Worm (Worm TV) and has three solo albums – A Girl of Few Words, No Space For Air and her brand new album Rush of Life.

David Bardsley

David played Pete in the two hander PETE AND KEELY at the Tristan Bates Theatre in the West End, Bruce Ismay, the owner of the ocean liner – Titanic in the award winning production of TITANIC at Charing Cross Theatre, those productions followed a long run for David and the show at the Victoria Palace Theatre as alternate Billy’s Dad in BILLY ELLIOTT.

Other theatre credits – Woyzeck in WOYSECK IN WINTER, a workshop for The National Theatre, Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Piccadilly Theatre, Oresta Compese in L’ARTE DELLA COMMEDIA, a workshop or the Old Vic, General Julian Espatorias in LA CAVA, Victoria Palace and Piccadilly; Rusty Charlie in the Royal National Theatre’s production of GUYS AND DOLLS, Peter in THE FIX, Donmar Warehouse; Enjolras in LES MISERABLES, Palace Theatre and The Point, Dublin also covering and playing both Javert and Jean Val Jean; Micky in BLOOD BROTHERS, Phoenix; Fuentes in KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN, Shaftesbury and Jerry Allison in the original company of BUDDY, Victoria Palace.

Other theatre includes: Tony in WEST SIDE STORY, York Theatre Royal; Valentin in KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN, Ilford; the British premier of PERSONALS (by the writers of ‘Friends’) at the New End Theatre, Hampstead and the workshop of Billy Elliot for The Old

Television includes Jimmy Jackson in HOLBY CITY (BBC); Rob Dreary in CORONATION STREET (Granada); Simon Bennett in DOCTORS (BBC); THE BILL (Thames Television) playing Richard Swiveller; EASTENDERS as Steve Rogers the publican; BUGS (BBC); Taggart in THE GANG THE KRAYS FEARED (Carlton) and the Priest in MERSEY BEAT

Film work includes Bob in COLD CALLERS (Daylight Hit Films) and Jerry in LET’SSTICK TOGETHER (Indeo Pictures).

David’s concert work includes Young Ben in FOLLIES, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; Don in A CHORUS LINE, both for BBC Radio 2; Enjolras in LES MISERABLES CHELMSFORD SPECTACULAR CONCERT and the LES MISERABLES CARDIFF CASTLE CONCERT; soloist at PETWORTH MUSIC FESTIVAL with R.P.O.; a soloist at THE CRYSTAL PALACE CONCERT BOWL with the Brandenburg Philharmonic; Combferre in the LES
MISERABLES 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT at the Royal Albert Hall and a soloist in SONGS FROM THE SHOWS on BBC Radio 2. He has visited South Africa several times and Singapore with concert tours and has also performed in concerts extensively in the UK and Europe, including arena tours notably an evening of Gershwin with the RPO at Kenwood House and Songs from the Shows at Canary Wharf and many open air concerts around the country.

Sanne den Besten

Sanne studied musical theatre at the Conservatoire Codarts in Rotterdam.

TV credit: Like ADAM  (Blazhoffski TV)

Her stage credits include: Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Dutch tour); Crone in The Humans (New York, Rotterdam, Festival D’Avignon); Maria in The Sound of Music (Dutch Tour); Ensemble/cover Fantine in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre, West End) and most recently she played Sophie in Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre, West End)

Ewan Black

Training: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Peter O’Toole Prize Winner 2015/16

Theatre includes: Trelaw/Osric in The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic), Rhona (Fairy Godmother) in Sleeping Beauty (Bristol Old Vic), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (The Egg, Bath Theatre Royal), Scandal in Love for Love (Bristol Old Vic), Patrick in Treats (Tobacco Factory, Brewery), Salerio in The Merchant of Venice (Bill Alexander), Both Dromio Twins in The Comedy of Errors (Tour and Edinburgh Fringe - Assembly), Rèdillon in Sauce for the Goose (BOVTS, West Country Tour).  

Radio includes: Nicholas in Blood at the Bridal Shop, Guard in Jefferson 37 and Tony in the Incident.   

Television/Film includes: Dan in Allhallowtide (Tia Salisbury), Sam in The Shooting Party, Narrative for BBC’s Country File.

Julian Bleach

Julian trained at L.A.M.D.A. 

Theatre includes: Dragon in Saint George and the Dragon (National Theatre), Roger Duffy in Raising Martha (Park Theatre), Barkilphedro in The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic), Ivanov in Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (National Theatre), Mr Sowerberry in Oliver! (West End), Clown/Alexas in Anthony and Cleopatra (RSC), Ariel in The Tempest (RSC), Lane/Merrimen in The Importance Of Being Earnest (Oxford Stage Company), MC in The Gorey End (Lyric Hammersmith), Hamlet the Elephant in The Firework Maker’s Daughter (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Emcee in Cabaret (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Actor Manager in Shockheaded Peter (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Lyric Hammersmith/International Tour), Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (English Shakespeare Company), Raul in Extremities (Derby Playhouse), Zemlyanika in The Government Inspector (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Flay in Gormenghast (David Glass Ensemble), Sparkish in The Country Wife, Vasques in 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, Trinculo in The Tempest (all Duke's Theatre, Lancaster), Trofimov in The Cherry Orchard and Macbeth in Macbeth, (both Cheltenham Everyman).

Television includes: Roquat in Emerald City, Salter in Close To The Enemy, Davros Lord Of The Daleks in Doctor Who, The Undertaker in This Is Jinsy II, Niccolo Machiavelli in The Borgias (series 1-3), Eddie in Psychoville - Halloween Special, The Nightmare Man in The Sarah Jane Adventures, The Ghost Maker in Torchwood, The Grandmaster in MI High (series 2-5), Gilbert Fox in John Adams, The Monster in Frankenstein, Stefan in Come Fly With Me, Violinist in Riot at the Rite, David Luscombe in The Gist.

Film includes: Ballet Instructor in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, The Grand Inquisitor in The Emperor, The Pianist in Remainder, Clacquesous in Les Misérables, Sir Richard Pole in Anonymous, Aristocrat in Lecture 21, Franklin Gothic in Badinage, Mystic in The Fall, Le Torc in The Brothers Grimm, Jacob Plank in Topsy-Turvy, Robin Lockett in The Fool, Rogers in Beg!.

Christina Bloom

Christina studied cello at the Royal College of Music before completing a Masters in Musical Theatre Performance at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She played Cello/Ensemble in the recent revival of Tim Rice’s Blondel (Union Theatre) and appeared as Stina Hart in the Guitar Hero Live video game. She has also appeared at Brick Lane Music Hall and recently performed in her own solo show Inside Out (Theatre N16) to critical acclaim and has been featured as a BBC Introducing artist.

In addition to being an actor, classically trained singer and cellist, Christina is a songwriter, dancer and writer, and plays the piano and guitar.

The Grinning Man marks Christina’s West End debut.  For further information please visit

Jonathan Cobb

Jonathan trained at Drama Studio London.


Theatre includes: The Wind in The Willows (Boxtree Productions), Lovecraft, Border Men (King’s Head Theatre), The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure, King Lear (Quite Right Theatre), Paper Planes (Old Red Lion Theatre), The Sentence Snatchers (Flat Pack Productions), Beauty and The Beast (LP Creatives/Leatherhead Theatre), Half (Southwark Playhouse), Twelfth Night (C Theatre), The Bull Ring (Lost Theatre), A Death at Price Waterhouse (Sky and The Bird), A Matter of Life and Debt (Relish Theatre), The Fox on The Fairway (Vienna’s English Theatre), Cybersoul (Cybersoul Productions), The Love Shack (HanDan Productions), One Night Stand, While You Were Sleeping, Bad Reception (West Avenue Theatre),  Surprise (Playground Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (By Any Other Name Theatre),  Red Riding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk (Rah Rah Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Changeling Theatre).


Film includes: The Flytipper (Marc Coleman), Hippopotamus (Edward Palmer), My Day (Ibrahim Miiro), Tony Torezzi’s Online Masterclass (Adam Meggido), Don John in Souliloquy (Victorine Pontillon), Lines (Samuel Holland).

Leo Elso

Leo graduated from The MTA London in 2012 with a Diploma in Musical theatre.
Whilst training he had the opportunity to create the lead part of David for the world premiere of Dougal Irvine's In Touch.

Theatre credits include: The Astonishing Singing Fish (Crossrail Place, London), Dusty (Charing Cross Theatre, London), The Doctor In Spite Of Himself (Drayton Arms Theatre, London), The Queen Of The Paris Cabaret Saves Father Christmas (Tea House Theatre, London), Quel Tartuffe! (Vienna's English Theatre), Project Cyrano (Vienna's English Theatre), Alice In Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass (Iris Theatre at St. Paul's, Covent Garden).

Other credits include: West End Heroes (Dominion Theatre), Douglas Adams – The Party (Hammersmith Apollo) and Cara Salimando - Dust (Music Video)

As a composer: Virtual Heroes and Undercover Star, that have been touring to great acclaim in Germany, Austria and Italy. He most recently composed brand new music for Drama Centre's version of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and the Parisian play L'inversion De La Courbe.

As a musician, Leo has played around the globe, from New York to Bali, and in such venues as The Hammersmith Apollo and The London Palladium. He also was a finalist in the Xmas Factor Christmas Song Competition 2013. He has composed and choreographed for the play Dracula, Unclotted and arranged and choreographed Les Étoiles De La Chanson (European Tour).

He is currently recording his 1st LP, Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.
This is Leo's West End debut and he would like to dedicate his performance to his supportive parents and David Bowie.

Claire-Marie Hall

Claire-Marie originates from Newport, South Wales and studied at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Theatre includes: The Woman in The Sorrows Of Satan (Tristan Bates Theatre), Anala in Between Empires (Edinburgh Festival), Tuptim in The King and I (Curve Theatre and National Tour), Princess in Aladdin (New Wimbledon Theatre, Manchester Opera House and Hackney Empire), Gabriella Montez in High School Musical (Hammersmith Apollo and National Tour), Cosette in Les Miserables (Queen's Theatre, West End)

Workshops include: Elena in Vanya’s (Barlow and Smith), Rue in In Versions (Zara Nunn), Tiger Lily in Lost Boys (Liverpool Playhouse) and Jazmin in Flashdance (David Ian Productions)

Television includes: Just Up Your Street (BBC Wales), Princess in Aladdin (BBC Wales)

Radio includes: Suki in When the Dog Dies and Vanessa/MelodyAnn/Ms Chang in My Brilliant Divorce (both CPL Productions for BBC Radio 4)

Sean Kingsley

West End: Jean Valjean Les Miserables (Queens/Palace Theatres), George The Drowsy Chaperone (Novello), Braithwaite Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace), Tom Jenkins Scrooge (Dominion), Admetus and Munkustrap Cats (New London), Me and My Girl (Adelphi).

Other theatre includes: Annas Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park); Ursus The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic); Gyp Decarlo Jersey Boys (UK tour); Max  Jackie the Musical (Dundee Gardyne); Khashoggi We Will Rock You (10th anniversary world tour); Judas Jesus Christ Superstar (Minack); Eddie/Dr Scott The Rocky Horror Show (European Tour); Frederick Trumper Chess, 20th Anniversary Concert (Oslo); Bill Austin Mama Mia (International Tour); The Man in Some Girls are Bigger than Others (Lyric Hammersmith, National Tour, Dublin); Mike Hot Pants (Oldham Coliseum); Cyrano de Bergerac Cold Moon Rising (Jermyn Street); Tom Jenkins Scrooge (National/European Tours); Mike Costa A Chorus Line (Derby Playhouse); Slap Hot Shoe Shuffle (National Tour); Gabey On the Town (National Tour); Joe Matchgirls (Bromley); A Month in the Country, The Rivals and Toad of Toad Hall (Liverpool Playhouse); Fiddler on the Roof (Liverpool Empire). Workshop From Here To Eternity.

Actor/Musician: Merlin in Sword In The Stone; Sarah the Cook Dick Whittington; Fleshcreep Jack & The Beanstalk; King Camelot Sleeping Beauty (Ipswich New Wolsey Rock Panto); Orin Little Shop Of Horrors (Birmingham Rep).

Film/TV: Alan London Road (Cuba Pictures), PC Harrison Poirot (LWT), Stuart Ambrose Wire in the Blood IV (Coastal); Colin Piper Merseybeat IV, (BBC); Gary Stephens The Bill, (Talkback).


Performing professionally since the age of 15, Sean started out in northern working men's clubs. Tours globally as a rock/blues vocalist. Front man for Delta Blues band Sugarland Slim - picked to support Peter Green for his UK comeback tour, they are a ‘mainstage’ act on the European blues festival scene. Sean has co-written two successful  CDs (Blues This Bad & Texan Calypso) playing guitar, drums, keyboards on both!

Sophia Mackay

After graduating from WAC Arts, Sophia’s theatre credits include; Bubbly Black Girl who Sheds her Chameleon Skin (Theatre Royal Stratford East -currently nominated 2018 Off West End Best Female), Dirty Dancing International Tour (Paul Elliott), Muscovado UK tour (Burnt Out Theatre), Leader of the Pack (Waterloo East Theatre), Earth Makes No Sound (Filament Theatre Company), Journey's Beyond (Arcola Theatre) and A Concrete Jungle Full of Wild Cars (Unicorn Theatre).  In film, she can be seen in “Chrissy”, The “Hush” triology and “The RedBull Carnival Guide”. Sophia is also a Vlogger, Blogger and Singer-Songwriter under the alias, ‘So PHIA’ – her music is a blend of Pop, Afro-Soca and Soul.

Louis Maskell

Theatre includes Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof (Chichester Festival Theatre), Grinpayne in The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic), Bob Smith/André Fauvel in Flowers for Mrs Harris (the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Tony in West Side Story (UK Tour), Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady (the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Cal Chandler in The Fix (Union Theatre), Leon Bakst/Léonid Massine in Rattigan’s Nijinsky (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Strephon in Iolanthe (Wilton’s Music Hall).

Workshop includes Flowers for Mrs Harris (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Mission (Chichester Festival Theatre), Ben (National Theatre of Scotland), Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons (Shakespeare’s Globe), Pinocchio (the National Theatre/Disney), Eugenius! (First Family Entertainment), The 306: Dawn (National Theatre of Scotland), The Braille Legacy (Colbert Entertainment), Emanuel and Eleonore (VBW), Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Theatres/Old Vic Productions), Pride and Prejudice (Sonia Friedman Productions) and Thérèse Raquin (Theatre Royal Drury Lane).

Television includes Rellik (BBC Television), Endeavour (ITV) and Atlantis (BBC Television).

Loren O'Dair

Loren trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. 


Theatre credits include: King Lear (Shakespeare's Globe), Still Waiting (Vault Festival & Battersea Arts Centre), Made in Dagenham (Queens Theatre Hornchurch/New Wolsey Ipswich), Title role in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (US Tour), Romeo & Juliet (US tour), Once (Phoenix Theatre, West End), The Jungle Book (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Robin Hood (Dukes, Lancaster), The Johnny Eck and Dave Toole Show (Slung Low/West Yorkshire Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (New Vic), Celebrity Night at Café Red (Trafalgar Studios), Dick Turpin's Last Ride (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and UK tour), Sexing The Cherry (Southbank Centre), Hamlet (UK tour), Before I Sleep (dreamthinkspeak/Brighton Festival), Othello (UK tour), Ur-Hamlet and The Marriage of Medea (Odin Teatret, Denmark/Poland), The Fence (The Wrestling School/Birmingham Rep). 


Film credits include: The Contract (Scanner-Rhodes Productions) and the title role in Medea (Dromos Films). 


Television credits include: Rellik (BBC1/HBO). 


Loren is also a multi-instrumentalist and an aerialist. 

Amanda Wilkin

Amanda most recently performed in the National Theatre of Scotland’s ‘The 306: Day', as part of their programming to mark the 100 year anniversary of WW1. Previously she performed in Hamlet with Shakespeare’s Globe, in a two-year international tour to every country in the world.

Other theatre includes La Ronde (The Bunker Theatre); Pilgrims (Theatre Clwyd/HighTide Festival/The Yard Theatre); Hamlet, Gabriel, The Tempest (Shakespeare's Globe); Hopelessly Devoted (Paines Plough & Birmingham REP); Arabian Nights (Watermill Theatre); The Bacchae, Blood Wedding (Royal and Derngate); Marat/Sade, A Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC); Stamping, Shouting and Singing Home (Nuffield Theatre) and The Twits (Dukes Theatre).

Television includes Berlin Station (EPIX); Doctors (BBC1) and Gavin and Stacey (BBC3 & Baby Cow Productions).

Film includes Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (Obscure Pictures).

Amanda trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Tom Morris

Jon Bausor
Finn Caldwell and
Toby Olié for Gyre & Gimble
Puppetry Design and Direction

Puppetry will be created by Gyre & Gimble, founded in 2014 by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié having met whilst performing in the original production of War Horse. Their work has appeared in productions as varied as The Hartlepool Monkey (Stratford Circus and Touring), The Lorax (Old Vic), The Light Princess (NT), Running Wild (Regents Park), Elephantom (NT and West End) and Shrek: The Musical (West End).

Jane Gibson
Movement Director
Lynne Page
Additional Choreography
Tom Deering
Music Supervisor
Jean Chan
Costume Designer
Rob Casey
Lighting Designer
Simon Baker
Sound Designer
Susanna Peretz
Hair, Make-Up and Prosthetic Designer
Tim Phillips, Marc Teitler & Tom Deering
Anne Vosser
Casting Director
Donna Munday
Executive Producer
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Break a leg to the cast and creatives of @eduplaylondon whose press night is tonight @TrafStudios - this is @WardrobEnsemble 's West End debut so make sure to show them some Grinning Man love!! @TrafalgarEnt #educationplay

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Happy World Puppetry Day Grinlets- which puppet is your favourite from the show? #WatchMeSmile #WorldPuppetryDay #tbt #puppetry 🐺👫

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Our friends @BristolOldVic had the chance to see the transformed #GrinningMan AR experience today @Imaginarium_UK @magicleap who said "there's never been a theatrical performance motion captured before!"- a perfect way to spend #InternationalDayofHappiness !!! #Watchemesmile 🤡🥳

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A huge thank you to @andyserkis and his teams @Imaginarium_UK & @magicleap for stopping by to give us a sneak preview of their motion captured AR experience of @grinningmanLDN. A magnificent way of bottling up a moment in time and making theatre more accessible to everyone!

So THIS was pretty incredible! Ground-breaking method of capturing theatre and what a lovely bunch of people to spend the day with. @BristolOldVic @ImaginariumUK @TrafStudios @grinningmanLDN #GrinningMagic 👍

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COMPETITION TIME! Win 2 tickets to the exclusive VIP Press Night & After-Party of #AdmissionsPlay @trafstudios! Simply follow @TrafalgarEnt & @AdmissionsPlay then like & share this post by 23:59 on 27th Feb. The winner will be announced on 28th Feb. Full T&C's on website in bio.

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Fancy working with @GyrAndGmbl, the puppetry directors of @grinningmanLDN?

Click on the link and you too will be able to wave a stick around like @MarkyWAnderson


When Sheri's son is deferred from his university of choice, and his best friend - who 'ticks more boxes' - is accepted, Sherri's personal ambition collides with her progressive values.

Have you got your tickets yet? 📕🖋
#CheckYourPrivilege #AdmissionsPlay

And the award goes to Mark Anderson (@MarkyWAnderson) for his performance as Dirry-Moir in The Grinning Man (@grinningmanLDN)!

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And the award goes to Julie Atherton (@Julie_Atherton) for her performance as Queen Angelica in The Grinning Man (@grinningmanLDN)!

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