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11 - 15 Aug

The heart-breaking smash-hit musical, Once again, by popular demand!

Book by Enda Walsh Music & Lyrics by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney
By arrangement with Music Theatre International (Australasia)

In 2019, Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s production of Once tugged on Wollongong’s heart strings and never let go. In 2021, this captivating, life-affirming musical is set to reimmerse audiences in the irresistible musicality of Dublin.

The only show on Broadway to have music that won the Academy Award®, Grammy Award®, Olivier Award and Tony Award®, Once is a tender love story of a struggling Irish musician on the verge of giving up and a piano-playing Czech immigrant who reminds him how to dream.

Performed by an extraordinary ensemble of actor-musicians and featuring the spell-binding songs from the critically-acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning ‘Falling Slowly’, this achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting show strikes an unforgettable chord, speaking to the power of music to connect us all.

Winner of:

8 Tony Awards
4 Drama Desk Awards
1 Academy Award
1 Grammy Award
1 Olivier Award


  • Hearts soar and music shimmers in deeply-felt, generous musical. - The Guardian
  • Heartfelt, bittersweet, and very special - Limelight
  • Compelling, heart-warming, and moving. - ArtsHub
  • A rare bird of a musical, one that wears its heart entirely on its sleeve. - Audrey Journal
  • [Stefanie] Caccamo is an extraordinary vocalist, full of gorgeous yearning, and she’s well-matched by [Toby] Francis, who could sing Apple’s endless Terms and Conditions and make it sound profound. - Time Out
  • The creative team have crafted the perfect show. On the walk home from the theatre, I could feel a warmth emanating from my soul … all thanks to ONCE. - The Plus Ones
  • A sure-fire gem of a show. I have never seen an audience so swiftly and so completely rise to their feet. - Stage Whispers

Save with a Merrigong Season Ticket!

This show is part of Merrigong’s Season 2021. To get the best price, book a Season Ticket.

Cast & Creative

Director Richard Carroll
Movement Director Amy Campbell
Musical Director Victoria Falconer
Lighting Designer Peter Rubie
Production Designer Hugh O’Connor
Sound Designer and Head of Sound Dylan Robinson
Stage Manager Adrienne Patterson
Voice & Dialect Coach Linda Nicholls-Gidley
Cast Toby Francis, Stefanie Caccamo, Victoria Falconer, Tamlyn Henderson, Deirdre Khoo, Jay Laga’aia, Drew Livingston, Abe Mitchell, Rupert Reid, Patrick Schnur, Alec Steedman, Jennifer Trijo
Photo by Robert Catto

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