A BROADWAY and West End hit musical that’s a ravishing love story with a bittersweet difference is coming to the Grand Opera House York next year.

Based on a cult 2007 Irish indie feature, written and directed by John Carney, Once was originally shot on a micro-budget of just $160,000.

The musical tells the uplifting yet yearning story of a part-time Dublin guitarist busker, Guy, who works by day in his father’s Hoover repair shop.

Guy falls unexpectedly in love with a young Czech immigrant fellow musician called Girl.

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 a romance.

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.

Once is at the Grand Opera House York, from Monday, 3 to Saturday, February 8 2020

Tickets are from £13 and available from the box office on 0844 871 3024 or online at www.atgtickets.com/york