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.”
LA Times

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

Date Time Venue Notes Prices Booking


  • Address: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP, West Midlands, England
  • The main auditorium at Birmingham Repertory Theatre

  • Box Office: 0121 236 4455
  • Phone: 0121 245 2000
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I saw this show the last time the rep did it & totally loved it. I can't wait to see it again & introduce my son to it.

The buzz about this amazing production has reached our shores. We wish you much success with this fierce ensemble!

Wow ! Saw the show last night, acting excellent, singing fabulous, really uplifting, gripped from the start - go and see it !!!

Absolutely LOVED it
I'd recommend this to ANYONE!

It was a great production. The singing, acting, live music, use of props and stage, excellent. Well worth seeing

Absolutely awesome & a great start to the summer. The singing is superb and I would recommend it to everyone!

Saw the show last night (Tuesday 9th June) and what an exhilarating experience.
Masses of energy, emotion and passion from the cast. A basically simple and well known story (Little Mermaid) that hooked you and pulled you in to its world and into the emotional journey undertaken by Ti Moun.
All of the cast were on top form, the musicisians likewise and everybody in the house thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

A-MAZ-ING!! Loved the show - the whole production was brilliant, sets, music, singing and dancing. Something to cheer us all up during the gloomy summer weather and credit crunch with a traditional story that engages with both humour and pathos. If you have the chance to go, DON"T MISS IT!

Saw this last night. Singing and acting excellent from everyone. The orchestra played some fabulous music to accompany this wonderful show. Real feel good factor on a very dismal summer's night. Go and see it!

I saw the show last Friday 5th June with two friends and we loved it. There are so many things to praise, and here I can only mention a few. The lead actors were superb - singing and portraying their respective characters. I felt that I was living the story with them. The whole company gave enthusiasm, passion as well as wonderful singing voices to a fantastic musical play with uplifting beautiful songs & music.

Great show the actors and musicians were excellent.will be spreading the word

Seen this show twice and just booked my third ticket!

The performances are wonderful. See while you've got the chance, it's great fun.

Had a brilliant time, everyone was dancing around and enjoying themselves by the end of the show. Really really really want to see it again so that we can keep up with the variety of songs! Can't wait to go to another show that is hosted by the REP! Thanks for a great Evening, it was the best this year!
Josh and Beth

I'd hadn't heard of once on this island before and when i went to see it with my school i was amazed at how wonderfull it was. It was the first musical i had seen and it was fantastic and the singing made me want to dance along with all the cast. I really enjoyed it and i absolutely loved jo servi's voice and his acting he made me laugh when he was dressed up as a tree/plant thing with leaves around his sunglasses. I recomend that everyone sees this musical because i know they will enjoy it as much as me.

Saw the show last time round and even went back later that week to see it again - yes it is that good. Can't wait til Saturday.

I went with my school to see this and it was amazing! They were all amazing singers and dancers and actors and made the play lively and fun! I had never heard of it and i went to see it on a school trip and was excited. When i saw it, i was amazed at how good it was. Jo servi was really good and made me laugh when he acted and especially danced! Also Wayne was really good! I want to see it again!