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music & lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglova • book by Enda Walsh

Jan 31-Mar 8, 2020 (Press Opening: Feb 7)

Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
Based on the Academy Award-winning Movie!

On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, Once is a joyously uplifting show that strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all.

Length & Content

Once has a run time of 2 hours including a 15 minute intermission.

This production contains adult language and themes.

Handicap seating limited for this production. Please call to reserve if needed.

Performance Dates

January 31-Mar 8, 2020
Press Opening: February 7

Wednesday – Friday at 8:00 PM
Saturday at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sunday at 5:00 PM



General Admission

  • Tickets start at $35 on Wednesdays & Thursdays, and $40 on weekends.
  • Prices are subject to change and will rise as performances fill up.

Bring your neighbors!
Group pricing is available for parties of 10+. Groups of 10-24 receive $3 off the general admission ticket price. Groups of 25+ receive $5 off the general admission ticket price. Call 404.523.1477 x100 or e-mail groups@horizontheatre.com for more information.

Ticket prices are subject to change. Buy early for best pricing. Internet convenience fee added to all online orders. No refunds, exchanges, or late seating. Cannot combine discount offers.


Creative Team

  • Director: Heidi Cline McKerley
  • Scenic Designers: Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay
  • Costume Designer: Amanda Edgerton West
  • Lighting Designer: Mary Parker
  • Assistant Lighting Designer: Connor McVey
  • Sound Designer: Rob Brooksher
  • Properties Designer: Tierney Breedlove
  • Stage Manager: Julianna Lee
  • Dialect Coach: Carolyn Cook
  • Music Director: Ed Thrower

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association


Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglova (Music & Lyrics) In 1983, at the tender age of 13, Glen Hansard quit school to begin busking on Dublin streets. 36 years later, he’s the award-winning actor and musician with his name on 16 albums and one-half the duo responsible for the music in the film and the musical Once, the only show to have music that won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Olivier Award and a Tony Award. The other half of this talented team, Markéta Irglová, was born in the Czech Republic and started practicing music at seven years old and hasn’t stopped since. She has won many awards including the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music (2014). The two writers met in 2004 in her home town when her father, who had invited Hansard’s band The Frames to perform at a music festival, hosted a welcoming party for them, and Hansard brought teenage Markéta on stage to sing one of his songs with him. He became her musical mentor, and they have since collaborated as friends, bandmates, actors, and lyricists. They wrote the music for and co-starred in the movie Once and formed a band and toured the world together as The Swell Season. Glen is recording and touring worldwide with The Frames, and Markéta is recording and performing from her home in Iceland with her husband and three children.

Enda Walsh (Playwright) Enda Walsh’s adaptation of the film Once opened Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop in 2011 and moved to Broadway the following year, going on to receive 11 Tony nominations and win eight awards, including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical. He is an acclaimed Irish playwright, screenwriter and director living in London. His work has been translated into 20 languages. He is the author of five Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award-winning plays, including Penelope, The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom. All three of these were originally produced by Druid Theatre Company of Galway, Ireland and went on to be produced internationally. He has also written for the screen, and his Hunger about an IRA hunger striker, won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. His recent work includes the opera The Last Hotel and the musical, Lazarus, with David Bowie, both of which played in New York and London. His 2019 sold-out off-Broadway hit Sing Street, a musical adaptation of the 2016 film by Once film-maker John Carney, will transfer to Broadway in March.

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Read the review on the AJC website

Horizon’s Musical ONCE Totally Rocks, Here’s Why

Feb 11 | by Bert Osborne for the AJC

“The deceptively simple and straightforward story involves a struggling Dublin street singer, whose chance encounter with a Czech woman leads to a whirlwind relationship, if not exactly a conventional romance…”


Atlanta INtown Paper

Read the review on the Atlanta INtown website.

Theatre Review: ‘Once’ at Horizon Theatre

Feb 14 | by Manning Harris for Atlanta INtown

“[Once] creates community and seduces you before you know it; don’t miss.”


Emory Wheel

Read the review on the Emory Wheel website

‘Once’ String Together a Melody of Heart and Community

Feb 11 | by Joel Lerner for the Emory Wheel

“Doubt often creeps in as we make decisions in our daily lives. In Enda Walsh’s musical “Once,” uncertainty plagues vacuum repairman Guy (Chase Peacock) as he contemplates his passion for music and his vision for his future. With the help of a lovable, charismatic cast of musicians, “Once” will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on audiences…”



Broadway World: Horizon Theatre Opens Its 36th Season with ONCE

A Journey Through Once

Dublin, Ireland North Strand Cork County Howth Head Grafton Street Czech Republic (Czechia)

Curious about the world of Once?

  • Read about the ten year journey of Once from an idea to an Oscar winning film and Tony award-winning musical.
  • Read more about writer Marketa Irglova and the story of the birth of the music of Once.
  • Listen to the live music from Once sung by the song-writers (and stars of the movie) Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.