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.
Starring actress and singer 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 & Dolls and The Lion King.
Every Friday and Saturday after the show we’ll be keeping our doors open for Pay-What-You-Can Cabaret! There’ll be live entertainment, Caribbean cocktails and a chance to party with the cast. Profits from our cabaret nights will help fund our Education and Outreach programmes.
Book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Based on the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy
Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music International of New York.
Hackney Empire in association with Birmingham Rep and Nottingham Playhouse.
“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
Tickets: £12.50, £15.00, £17.50, £19.50. Family tickets: £40, £48, £60. Concs: £2 off