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Hansard - 2019 - West End

It's a summer's morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital sparring quickly turns to blood-sport.


Running Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes with no intermission

National Theatre (Dorfman)

(London, )
(Waterloo) South Bank


by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2020
Stephen Joseph Theatre Artistic Associate Simon Slater has teamed up with a member of one of the country's greatest theatrical dynasties, Jemma Redgrave, to present a rehearsed reading of Simon Woods' Hansard at the Scarborough theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2020
That's right! Come enjoy 17 young actors in the beautiful outdoors at the Marwin Stage in West Columbia. Just a 'bushel and a peck' from downtown Columbia. Students will perform live in a socially distanced atmosphere.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2020
After a 6-month hiatus, Mary Poppins will return to the Town Theatre stage October 23 through November 14. 
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2020
Darlinghurst Theatre Company has been awarded $605,562 through the Australian Government's Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund for a 21-week tour of the multi award-winning musical ONCE in 2021.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2019
Full casting has been confirmed for Once ahead of its run at the King's theatre, Glasgow next summer.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2019
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... Join Town Theatre Sat., Dec. 14 at 7:30 PM and Sun., Dec. 15 at 3 PM for a special holiday event, Home for the Holidays, featuring classic holiday songs from the funny to the formal.
by Ella Embry - Nov 25, 2019
This year's performance of A Christmas Carol at the Alliance Theatre is being performed on their new Coca-Cola stage for the very first time. Full of non-stop carols that may make the final curtain a bit later than most family shows, it's just the right way to get into the Christmas spirit.
by Victoria Lee - Nov 25, 2019
he first Broadway series of the 2019-2020 AT&T Performing Arts Center touring season graced the stage this weekend. Once the musical, with the book by Enda Walsh and music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irgolva, gives us a beautiful story taking place in Dublin, Ireland about a?oeGuya?? and a?oeGirla?? (never known by name) meeting each other with their heavy past in a bar, connecting through the power of music. a?oeGuya?? a musician/vacuum repairman with his broken heart from an ex who moved to New York and a?oeGirla?? with her absent husband and responsibility to take care of her child, meet and connect over Girl's tenacity to make Guy's music career blossom. In the effort to find him that love he once had, their own connection forms and leaves the audience wanting more for both of them.
by Carol Kassie - Nov 25, 2019
Once, the winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will open at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) on December 5th and run through December 22nd. The musical is based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film of the same name, which was written and directed by John Carney, and starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, with original music and lyrics by Mr. Hansard and Ms. Irglová.  (The multiple award-winning Once has also won Grammy and Olivier awards.)
by TV News Desk - Nov 19, 2019
Three-time Olivier Award winner Alex Jennings (Netflix's The Crown), in Chicago rehearsing for his upcoming role in the Tony Award-winning musical, The Light in the Piazza, at the Lyric Opera House Dec. 14-29, will make a special appearance at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (164 N. State Street) following the National Theatre Live screening of the engrossing new work, Hansard, in which he co-stars with Olivier and Tony Award-winning actress Lindsay Duncan (Private Lives), Friday evening, December 6, at 7:45pm.  Jennings will be on hand afterwards to answer questions about his acclaimed Broadway, West End, and TV career.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 14, 2020
This week's theater stories features the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre! Learn about the theatre's namesake, Bernard B. Jacobs, how this revival of Company is different from the others that have come before it, how Once broke the theatre's box office record and more!
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2021
The Ravinia Festival plans to reopen in July for the 2021 summer season. Now, the full lineup has been announced!
by Stephi Wild - May 27, 2020
Need something new to listen to, read, or watch? Check out this week's list of new and upcoming releases, including Frankie! The Musical (Caitlin Kinnunen), Royalties (Darren Criss), The Perfect Fit: The Musical (Laura Benanti), Robbie Rozelle and more!
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 13, 2021
In our conversation with Markéta, we covered her favorite fan reactions, the way the movie makes her feel now as compared to when she made the film at age 17, and how she felt about the Broadway musical adaptation of 'Once.' 
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2020
On Thursday, May 14 from 6 - 10pm EDT - Music on the Rebound presents the New Music Solidarity Marathon, a live benefit concert designed to support the New Music Solidarity Fund.
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2021
Darlinghurst Theatre Company has announced the cast of the Tony Award®- winning musical ONCE, which makes its long-awaited return to Sydney’s Eternity Playhouse in June before touring.
by Peter Nason - Mar 30, 2020
BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the best film musicals since the sound era began; see if your favorites made the list!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2021
On this day in 2012, the musical adaptation of the Oscar-winning love story, Once, opened on Broadway!
by Cristina Martinez - Mar 18, 2021
En 2012, el 18 de marzo ONCE se estrenaba en Broadway tras su paso por el Off-Broadway los años anteriores. El musical basado en la película homónima de John Carney contaba con la música de Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, incluyendo el oscarizado tema 'Falling Slowly'.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2020
On this day in 2012, the musical adaptation of the Oscar-winning love story, Once, opened on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2020
Amphibian Stage has released the following statement regarding upcoming performances:
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2020
Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) has announced that ONCE is now available for licensing. ONCE, the stage production of the 2006 film by the same name was nominated in 2012 for eleven Tony awards and won eight, including Best Musical.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2021
West End performers, Sharon Sexton (Mamma Mia, Bat Out of Hell, Billy Elliot, The Commitments) & Rob Fowler (Mamma Mia, Bat Out Of Hell, Rocky Horror Show, Jesus Christ Superstar) have released 7 lockdown concerts over the past year, including their headline show as part of the Tonight At The Coliseum series, which streamed during the Autumn.
by TV News Desk - Jun 9, 2020
Glen Hansard, along with most of the world, has been in quarantine and attempting to make sense of everything.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2020
The 2020 ASCAP Pop Music Awards, taking place this year in an innovative virtual awards format, was a hit across all digital platforms.   Exclusive photos and videos from pop music's top songwriters, producers and publishers were shared via @ASCAP on Instagram & Twitter.
by TV News Desk - Jun 17, 2020
Debuting an innovative virtual awards format, the 2020 ASCAP Pop Music Awards will recognize pop music icons, chart-topping producers and the genre's hottest rising stars on social media June 17 - 18.
by Student Blogger: Emily Hoffert - Jul 30, 2020
For anyone in the theatre industry, an added stressor of this summera??s health and political chaos has been the complete loss of our industrya??s traditional in-person activity.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2020
National Theatre Live has revealed that it will bring 14 of its shows to cinemas in the UK this summer and we've got the full list.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2021
The Ridgefield Playhouse is back, bringing award-winning theater to the big screen. London's National Theatre in HD will return with three encore in HD screenings as part of the Teed & Brown Broadway & Cabaret Series. 
by TV News Desk - Jan 31, 2020
Renowned songwriter and Walkmen co-founder Walter Martin released today his critically acclaimed new album The World At Night via Ile Flottante Music. Produced by multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman (The National, Hiss Golden Messenger, The War On Drugs), the album is Martin's most richly orchestrated and grandly cinematic collection to date, as well as his most poignant. Dedicated to his dear friend and late Jonathan Fire*Eater bandmate Stewart Lupton, it balances soul-baring intimacy with sophisticated arrangements as they walk a delicate tightrope between despair and hope, faith and doubt, security and uncertainty.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2020
NAATCO (National Asian American Theatre Company) founder and Artistic Producing Director Mia Katigbak today announced the creation of The NAATCO National Partnership Project (NNPP), a national theater initiative that will ingrain the inclusion of Asian American theatre artists, technicians, administrators, and community members in the American theater.
by Abigail Charpentier - Jan 24, 2020
On Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will name the newest Best Musical Theater Album based on cast recordings released in the previous year. This year, the nominees for the award includeAin't Too Proud: The Life And Times Of The Temptations, Hadestown, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, The Music Of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child - In Four Contemporary Suites and Oklahoma!. Before a new cast album takes home the title, look back on the 10 most recent cast recordings to win the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy Award!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2020
Geva Theatre Center presents Once, with a book by Enda Walsh; Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney and directed by Mark Cuddy, in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from February 19 through March 22.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2020
Horizon Theatre Company opens its 36th season with one of the most critically acclaimed musicals of recent history, Once. Recipient of eleven 2012 Tony Award nominations, and winner of eight including Best Musical, Best Actor and Best Book, Once is a musical based on the 2007 film of the same name by John Carney. Like the film, music and lyrics are by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, including the Academy Award-winning song 'Falling Slowly.' With book by Enda Walsh. Horizon Theatre Company's Atlanta premiere starts performances January 31 (Press Opening February 7, 2020) and runs until March 8, 2020 in Little Five Points/Inman Park (1083 Austin Avenue N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307). The show is directed by Horizon Theatre Artistic Associate Heidi McKerley, who directed the 2019 Horizon hit The Wolves. Musical direction is by Ed Thrower who recently led the creative team for Serenbe's production of Hair.
by Gary Naylor - Jan 10, 2020
Once shows all its crowdpleasing credentials in this new touring production with a tremendous cast doing full justice to its score and carrying a somewhat corny plot to a standing ovation curtain.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2021
The Hangar Theatre has announced its summer 2021 Outdoor Mainstage Season!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2020
Following its phenomenal success on Broadway and in the West End, multi-award-winning musical Once sets off on its first ever UK tour in 2020, hitting the Belgrade Theatre from 10-14 March.
by Christine Swerczek - Feb 28, 2020
Once in awhile a musical comes along that strikes the right chord. Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech pianist Marketa Irglova collaborated on a stage version of the 2007 film by John Carney. This deceptively simple story won a Tony Award for Best Book by Enda Walsh along with 7 more wins out of 11 Tony nominations in 2012, including Best Musical, Best Orchestration, and Best Direction. Its most familiar song, 'Falling Slowly,' won an Academy Award and the cast album captured a Grammy.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2020
Alex Jennings will lead the cast in the world premiere of Stephen Beresford's The Southbury Child directed by Nicholas Hytner at the Bridge Theatre. Designs are by Mark Thompson with sound by George Dennis and lighting by Max Narula. Further casting will be announced shortly.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2020
Things are not going well for the Banks family. Children Michael and Jane are out of control and have run off yet another nanny. In the most peculiar way, a mysterious, but practically perfect, woman appears at the doorstep - none other than Mary Poppins herself! Though she has a seemingly daunting task, with a little magic and some help from Bert, an adorable chimney sweep, the Banks' children have their world turned upside down.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2020
Geva Theatre Center presents Once, with a book by Enda Walsh; Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney and directed by Mark Cuddy, in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from February 19 through March 22.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2020
Full casting is announced for Once, which embarks on its first major UK tour in 2020, playing at Theatre Royal Brighton from Mon 20 a?" Sat 25 April.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2019
New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) announced today performers, presenters and the host for the NYTW 2020 Gala, honoring NYTW Usual Suspect & Tony Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Three Pianos at NYTW) and Tony Award-winning producer Jordan Roth (Producer of Hadestown; President of Jujamcyn Theaters). The Gala will be held on Monday, February 3 at Capitale (130 Bowery, New York, NY 10013).
by TV News Desk - Dec 5, 2019
Renowned songwriter and Walkmen co-founder Walter Martin will release his new album The World At Night on January 31st via Ile Flottante Music. Produced by multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman (The National, Hiss Golden Messenger, The War On Drugs), the album is Martin's most richly orchestrated and grandly cinematic collection to date, as well as his most poignant. Today he shared two new songs from The World At Night: 'The Soldier,' a vivid character portrait sung from the perspective of his 96-year-old grandfather-in-law, and 'That's All I Need,' a burst of humor and celebration about familial love.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2019
Check out photos from the upcoming production of the multi-awarding musical Once, which will open at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) on December 5th, and run through December 22nd.
by Drew Maidment - Dec 21, 2020
Hollywood has always had a love affair with musicals. Whether it be Golden Age classics, ambitious Broadway adaptations, or animated adventures, American audiences flock to theaters to see a film that features some toe-tappin’ tunes. 
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2020
The Lark Drive-In presents Classical Arts Rock on WEDNESDAY Nights, starting September 2nd   -- heady combination of classical arts and rock 'n roll on the big outdoor screen!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2020
We've been compiling showcase videos from college seniors all around the country. Although their performances were cancelled, the show must go on-- virtually! This entry features Students From Point Park, UCLA, Missouri State, and More!
by Stage Tube - Apr 28, 2020
A Twelfth Night reunion took place on the National Theatre's YouTube channel!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2021
New York Theatre Workshop announced today that Artistic Director James C. Nicola will depart the theater on June 30, 2022. Nicola has been the Artistic Director of New York Theatre Workshop since 1988.