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Once musical regional premiere casting announced

The show opens in Ipswich in September

Lloyd Gorman, Dan Healy and Emma Lucia

Casting has been announced for the regional premiere of Once, which opens at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich in September before moving to Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch.

Daniel Healy, who played Eamon in the West End production of the show, will play Guy in the production. He is joined by Emma Lucia (Beautiful), Rachel Dawson (The Jungle Book), Lloyd Gorman (Sunny Afternoon), Sean Kingsley (Les Misérables), Samuel Martin (The Taming of the Shrew), Caolan McCarthy (The Plough and The Stars), Peter Mooney (The Commitments), Peter Peverley (The Tempest), Kate Robson-Stuart (Crazy for You), Susannah van den Berg (Alice in Winterland) and James William-Pattison (The Last Ship).

Set in Dublin, the show follows a street musician who falls in love with a Czech woman. It has music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, and a book by Enda Walsh.

The regional premiere production is directed by Peter Rowe, artistic director of the New Wolsey, with design by Libby Watson, musical direction by Ben Goddard, sound design by James Cook and lighting design by Mark Dymock. It has its initial run from 6 to 22 September in Ipswich before running at Hornchurch from 3 to 20 October.

A BSL-interpreted performance of the show will happen on 17 October, with a dementia friendly performance on 18 October. Audio description is available for all shows.