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Harry Enfield as Herman Glogauer on a rocking horse with a film camera

Once in a Lifetime

By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman

Adapted by Christopher Hart

25 Nov - 14 Jan 2017

Main House

Show information

Harry Enfield makes his stage debut in this classic Broadway comedy, directed by the remarkable Richard Jones.

Hollywood, 1930. The first-ever talking motion picture is a smash hit and suddenly every actor needs a voice. Three New Yorkers head west to cash in on the talkies trend by opening an elocution school. But in a city heaving with clueless ingénues, all-powerful studio moguls and neurotic screenwriters, success is trickier than it sounds. Misadventures abound. Our three heroes vie to become the next big thing in Tinseltown.

"Hilarious - a stunningly stylish production" 


"Lots of laughs – Claudie Blakley is superb." 

Time Out

"Richard Jones’s production is full of visual flair and John Marquez’s George is delightfully daft"
Evening Standard

“A jolly surprise - Amanda Lawrence plays a stormer as a crazy receptionist. Great stuff”
The Daily Mail

"Captures the vanity and futility of the Hollywood machine"
Daily Telegraph

Find out what audiences are saying about the show


Monday - Saturday: 7.30pm
Wednesday & Saturday matinees: 2.30pm (except 26, 30 Nov & 7 Dec)
Friday matinees: 2.30pm (on 23 & 30 Dec) 

No performances on 24, 26, 31 Dec


Tickets: £10, £20, £29, £35 
Previews: (25 Nov - 5 Dec) £10, £20

A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Early booking is advised.


Click here to find out more about the Young Vic's seating policy, and about what to expect when you arrive at the Young Vic.

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£10 Lucky Dip Tickets

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Buy your ticket in advance, and find out your seat number just ahead of the performance. You might get one of the best seats in the house, or a standing spot. Here at the Young Vic, we don’t sell restricted view – so wherever you are, you’re guaranteed great sightlines.

Book now as there are a limited number of Lucky Dip tickets available.

In the press

Kevin Bishop talked to the BBC about how his roles onscreen have helped to shape his work onstage in Once in a Lifetime

Theatre.London talks to Lizzy Connolly about Once in a Lifetime, hard work and dodging pigeonholes

The Guardian and The Evening Standard list Once in a Lifetime as one of their top theatre picks for the Christmas Season

Claudie Blakley speaks to London Calling about her role as the witty vaudeville actress May Daniels in Once in a Lifetime

The Evening Standard takes a first look at Harry Enfield as Herman Glogauer in Once in a Lifetime

Harry Enfield talks about making his theatre debut in Once in a Lifetime as part of the the Young Vic's 2017 season on The Guardian

Direction Richard Jones
Design Hyemi Shin
Costume Nicky Gillibrand 
Light Jon Clark
Sound Sarah Angliss
Choreography Lorena Randi
Casting Julia Horan CDG


Daniel Abelson
Kevin Bishop 
Claudie Blakley
Okorie Chukwu
Lucy Cohu
Lizzy Connolly
Buffy Davis
Adrian Der Gregorian
Harry Enfield
Otto Farrant
Amy Griffiths
Amanda Lawrence 
John Marquez 

Access performances

Captioned perfomance
12 Jan 2017, 7.30pm

Click here to visit our Access page.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Once in a Lifetime
11 Jan 2.30pm

A dementia-friendly performance of Once in a Lifetime will be held on Wednesday 11 January at 2.30pm. The Young Vic welcomes people with dementia together with their families, friends and carers to visit the theatre: an introduction pack including synopsis of the show will be available to audiences before their visit, additional flexibility is available when booking seats and there will be a dedicated room outside of the auditorium available throughout.

Read our dementia friendly performance information pack ahead of your visit. 

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