Photo Flash: First Look at David Hunter and Jill Winternitz in West End's ONCE
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 (Guy) trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. In 2012 he appeared on Andrew Lloyd Webber''s television programme Superstar on ITV where he became a semi finalist. His theatre credits include One Man Two Guvnors at the National Theatre, on the UK tour and at the Adelphi Theatre, Seussical at the Arts Theatre, The Who''s Tommy at the Prince Edward Theatre, The Hired Man at the Leicester Curve, Spinach and Love Shift at The Royal Exchange in Manchester, and Moving On at The Lowry in Manchester. He has recently filmed Nativity! 3 which is due to be released later this year.
Jill Winternitz (Girl) studied at UCLA and the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia before training in the UK at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She made her West End debut starring as Baby in Dirty Dancing at the Piccadilly Theatre and then on tour around the UK. Her other theatre credits include A Handful of Soil at the Drayton Theatre, The Seagull at the Moscow Art Theatre School and Sunday in the Park with George at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Her film credits include The Sorrows and The Replacement Child.
The Broadway production continues at the Bernard B Jacob''s Theatre. Later this year an Australian production will open at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne while the US tour continues.
Once has book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh. Based on the 2007 motion picture written and directed by John Carney, music and lyrics are by Academy Award winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who, for Falling Slowly, won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Scenic and costume designs are by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Clive Goodwin, musical supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe and movement by Steven Hoggett. Once won the 2013 Grammy award for Best Musical Theatre album. The Martin Guitar Company is the proud sponsor of Once.
Photo credit: Matt Crockett