A Darlinghurst Theatre Production

It is with heavy hearts we let you know Once has been cancelled. This is due to the current regulations restricting movement and capacities, uncertainty around state borders and our commitment to maintaining the safety and wellbeing of our community. 

Please contact Box Office via [email protected] to request an exchange to a gift voucher, donate your tickets or request a refund.


Book by Edna Walsh  |  Music & Lyrics by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
Produced by Darlinghurst Theatre Company
Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney
Directed by Richard Carroll
By arrangement with with Music Theatre International (Australasia

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. 

Featuring an outstanding ensemble of performers playing instrumentals live on stage. Once is a modern-day musical that reminds us of the power of music to connect us all.

With songs from the critically-acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning song Falling Slowly, this spell-binding score will have you holding your breath from beginning to end.

Including Best Musical

Best Musical Theatre Album

For Best Original Song

creative team

Director  Richard Carroll
Musical Director  Victoria Falconer
Movement Director  Amy Campbell
Production Designer  Hugh O’Connor
Lighting Designer  Peter Rubie



“When the violins begin to play – and the accordion and the mandolin and the guitars and the cello – the instruments swell into a collection of distinctive voices melded into a single, universal feeling… Once massages that feeling until it hurts quite exquisitely.”
– The New York Times

“Original and unforgettable, Once draws you in from the very first note, grabs you by the heart strings and never lets go”.

– New York Daily News

patron advice

2 hours 25 minutes (including interval)
Recommended for ages 12+


Single Tickets
Adult  $70
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+  $65

Allocated seating.

special add-on

Once can be included as a special add-on to your Subscription package. (Subscriber discounts don’t apply).

To subscribe, buy tickets for three or more performances and save 20%. Read more about Subscription Packages.

NORPA bar and secret chef diner

The good times start long before the curtain is raised. You can eat, drink and make it a proper might our with live music in the courtyard before every show and the NORPA Bar and Diner open for dinner and drinks from 6pm.

Specialising in local, fresh produce, Secret Chef create completely new menus for each season show taking influences from modern Australian, Asian, Mediterranean, European, USW and South American cuisine.

gift vouchers

A NORPA gift voucher makes the perfect birthday or Christmas gift. They’re available online here, or call the Box Office on 1300 066 772.

Please note there is a $5.50 booking fee per transaction (not per ticket) for all ticket purchases.

Read more about Buying Tickets, Concessions and Refunds.


Image: Robert Catto