Staff recommends: “ONCE” • London Hostel, Palmers Lodge

Staff recommends: “ONCE”

A very original and heart-warming musical!


“Once” is a musical stage adaption based on the 2006 film of the same name. It retains many of the songs of the film which are written by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová.

This musical, premiered in 2011 in New York, won eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Book. The production also won the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical and the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.


What is this musical about?


The musical tells the story of an Irish “Guy” and a Czech “Girl” who meet in Dublin. He sings a ballad of unrequited love in a bar, accompanying himself on the guitar. Then he turns to leave – without his guitar. But “Girl”, who has been listening to him sing, approaches and asks him a lot of questions. “Guy”, who works as a vacuum cleaner repairman in his father’s shop, explains he is giving up his music because the painful memories of a relationship. On the other hand “Girl” has a broken vacuum and wants “Guy” to fix it. She offers to pay for it by playing piano for him and so they discover that they share a passion and talent for music. It’s the beginning of their (musical) relationship. They write, rehearse and record songs together. However, the course of true love never does run smooth…

But now we stop and we’re not going to tell you the whole story. You should go there and watch it by yourself – because it is a wonderful musical.



“Once has it all. Heart. Soul. Beauty. Comedy & perfect, perfect music!” (said


And that is so true! This show, which is a musical story and a concert all in one, celebrates the power of music, love and friendship and is a very good mixture of funny and emotional moments. The songs and the voices are great.

AND: This musical dares to be different. The cast also serves as the orchestra. Exiting cast members step to the side of the stage and sit down. The simplicity of the story and the production keeps the focus on the music and the acting.

So all in all it is a feel good show for young and old with a lot of charm and air of sweet melancholy which dazzles with invention! Simply great!


The show plays at Phoenix Theatre near Tottenham Court Road.


From Palmers Lodge Hillspring (Willesden Green Underground Station) or Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage (Swiss Cottage Underground station) you just have to take the Jubilee Line (Southbound) and change at Waterloo-Station to the Northern Line (Northbound). Within 30 minutes you reach Tottenham Court Road Station and after a short walk you are at London’s Phoenix Theatre.

Our tip: you should get there early (circa half an hour before the show begins)! Otherwise you miss out some great music and the opportunity to get yourself on the stage!


Tickets for the show are available at our reception!