The Grinning Man review: A gloriously enjoyable show perfect for your inner child

The Grinning Man review: A gloriously enjoyable show perfect for your inner child
 

But Tom Morris’s quirkily brilliant production of The Grinning Man fully justifies its transfer from Bristol. 
Hugo’s 1869 novel, The Man Who Laughs, tells of Grinpayne, a nobleman’s son, hideously mutilated by order of King James II. 
He is rescued by Ursus, a fairground huckster, and performs in a sideshow; at once horrifying and delighting spectators when he whips off his mask to reveal a face gashed into a rictus grin. 
Grinpayne’s combination of beauty and deformity attracts the attention of Josiana, a depraved duchess, who plans his seduction.  
When, in a series of melodramatic... read more

 
7 January 2018 in Entertainment, Views: 50
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