Main House


Book by Enda Walsh, music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
  • 2 - 7 March

Event Information

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

Running time: tbc
Age guidance: 10+

Showing from Mon 2 — Sat 7 Mar

The winner of eight Tony Awards on Broadway and a West End hit, ONCE is a ravishing love story with a bittersweet difference, which casts a spell over the audience just as its two lead characters cast a spell over each other.

Based on the Irish indie feature, originally shot on a micro-budget of $160,000, it tells the uplifting yet wistful story of a part-time Dublin guitarist busker (who works by day in his father’s Hoover repair shop) who falls unexpectedly in love with a young Czech immigrant fellow musician. As we follow their relationship across five short days, big changes happen to both of them in little ways.

As conjured by a score of original Irish-inflected songs, written by the original stars of the film Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, the atmosphere is partly a busked concert and partly an aching romance that feels both spontaneous and freshly minted. The music, played live by the actors themselves, is alternately beautiful and rousing, and Enda Walsh’s script quietly overwhelms with its sense of spirit, sincerity and solitude.

There’s no other show quite like it. It’s the most unusual, unique and affecting musical you’re ever likely to see.

★★★★★ “This is the most unique musical in town. Seeing it once is not enough; I’ll be returning again and again” Sunday Express

★★★★  “It’s funny, its truthful, it sings” The Times

★★★★  “Wins you over with its simplicity, charm and air of sweet melancholy” Guardian

★★★★ “Charmingly funny and affecting” Independent

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

Tickets from £27 – £41.50

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies

Age guidance: 10+ (one instance of strong language; the show deals with adult relationships)

Daniel Healy and Emma Lucia in


Book by Enda Walsh

Music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

Presented by Adam Spiegel and Robert Bartner

Based on the film written and directed by John Carney

Box Office is open from 10am – 8pm Monday – Saturday.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

PLEASE NOTE: Print At Home tickets are only valid as A4 printouts. We cannot currently accept tickets presented on phones/tablets.

All tickets for Main House productions include a £2 building levy.

Standard discounts – apply Monday – Friday evenings, and matinees.

£1 off for U16s, students, Seniors (60+), JSA claimants. Only one discount may be claimed per ticket. Please see the ACCESS page for details regarding our Access Register and associated discounts.

Group discounts – 10+ £1 off per ticket; 20+ save 20% on each ticket.

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies to all bookings.

Standby tickets – 30 seats at the back of the Grand Circle and side of the Dress Circle, on sale from 12noon on the day of the performance. Maximum two per person. Sold in advance for matinees, Sundays, Special Events and pantomime.

Standing spaces sold when all other seats have sold out.

There is a lift for wheelchair users from the Theatre foyer to the Stalls and Royal Circle levels. The Dress Circle and Grand Circle are stair access only.

Details of the Main House Subscription Scheme can be found here

Full booking terms & conditions can be found here