Once On This Island is a vibrant and passionate story infused with infectious reggae and calypso rhythms. It tells the story of a beautiful peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy Creole planter. However, the course of true love is put to the test as the young girl must prove to the island’s mythical gods that the power of love is stronger than death.
Once On This Island is the highly acclaimed Broadway musical adaptation of the popular fairytale The Little Mermaid written by Tony award-winning authors Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. The musical received its European premiere at The REP in 1994 when it won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
Joining the cast will be Sharon D Clarke, best known for her role in the popular TV drama Holby City and as a judge on the recent Last Choir Standing. As an acclaimed singer Sharon has appeared in many West End shows including We Will Rock You, Chicago, Guys And Dolls and The Lion King.
“90 minutes of rousing musical theatre. One lush tune after another. Everyone is likely to emerge from the theatre ready to dance down the street”
New York Times
“Vivacious, exotic and scored to a calypso-reggae beat Once On This Island is a Caribbean cruise of a musical that offers audiences an abundance of diversions and sunny ports of call.”
After its run at The REP, Once On This Island will play at:
Wed 24 June to Sat 11 July Nottingham Playhouse
Fri 24 July to Sun 16 August Hackney Empire