Half a Sixpence

Half a Sixpence Tickets

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2 hours 45 minutes (One interval)

Cameron Mackintosh's sensational new stage version of the classic British musical Half a Sixpence explodes onto the West End stage following a universally acclaimed run at the Chichester Festival Theatre. This musical adaptation of H.G. Wells's semi- autobiographical novel 'Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul', is a completely fresh adaptation which reunites the Tony-nominated book-writer Julian Fellowes with British song-writing duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, following their previous international success on Mary Poppins.

Fellowes is most well known for creating the hit period drama Downton Abbey, and has previously collaborated on musicals such as School of Rock and the new British hit The Wind in the Willows, also co-written with Stiles and Drewe. Half a Sixpence features a memorable toe-tapping score which includes David Heneker's exhilarating songs from the original production, including 'Flash Bang Wallop', 'Money To Burn' and 'Half A Sixpence' which sit alongside a fantastic original score from two of the UK's leading musical theatre writers.

The Chichester production received a string of excellent notices from critics who called it "one of the undoubted hits of the year" (Standard), "a winner!" (Mail on Sunday) and "a genuine masterpiece" (The I), making it one of the most anticipated West End transfers of 2016.

Leading man Charlie Stemp redefines the role originally made famous by Tommy Steele, showing off his impressive singing, dancing and banjo playing that leads to multiple standing ovations at each performance. Stemp became on overnight sensation in the role, alongside the impressive cast of West End leading performers which also includes the Olivier Award nominees Ian Bartholomew and Emma Williams.

Producer Cameron Mackintosh's string of West End successes extends from long-running hits such as Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and Cats to exciting new musicals such as Betty Blue Eyes, Avenue Q and the upcoming London premiere of Hamilton.

Don't miss the West End transfer of Half a Sixpence, the most enjoyable show in town and a genuine hit British musical that will delight audiences both young and old.

Half a Sixpence Synopsis: 

Arthur Kipps, an orphan and over-worked draper's assistant at the turn of the last century, unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society. His childhood companion, Ann Pornick, watches with dismay as Arthur is made over in a new image by the beautiful and classy Helen Walsingham. Both young women undoubtedly love Arthur - but which of them should he listen to? With the help of his friends, Arthur learns that if you want to have the chance of living the right life, you need to make the right choices.

Julian Fellows, based on the original 1963 musical was written by Beverley Cross and David Heneker.
Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre
Rachel Kavanaugh
Songs by: 
George Stiles, Anthony Drewe, David Heneker
Paule Constable
Mick Potter
Paul Brown
Andrew Wright
Cast list: 
Charlie Stemp (Arthur Kipps), Devon-Elise Johnson (Ann Pornick), Ian Bartholomew (Chitterlow), Emma Williams (Helen Walsingham).
West End
Half a Sixpence Schedule
Previews from: 
Saturday, 29 October, 2016
Opening date: 
Thursday, 17 November, 2016
Available from: 
Saturday, 25 March, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 2 September, 2017

Noel Coward Theatre

85-88 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU
Nearest tube:
Leicester Square

Latest Half a Sixpence News & Features

Half a Sixpence
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Half a Sixpence extends booking at the Noel Coward Theatre

The hit West End revival of Half a Sixpence has announced it has extended its booking to 2 September 2017 at the Noel Coward Theatre. The production, which originated at the Chichester Festival Theatre, transferred to the West End in October 2016, officially opening on 17 November 2016, where it was previously booking to May 2017.

Monday, December 19, 2016
London Theatre's Top 10 Musicals of 2016

After looking at our Top 10 Plays of 2016 it's now time to run down our list of the best musicals of the year. Both the West End and Fringe have turned out some impressive productions over the past twelve months, including Broadway imports, new productions and the rarest of all beasts - original musicals. It's been an exciting year for musical theatre around the world with both the UK and USA contributing to the form in very different ways.

Friday, November 18, 2016
Interview with Half a Sixpence composers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe

George Stiles and Anthony Drewe are two of Britain's foremost musical theatre composers with successful shows such as Honk!, Betty Blue Eyes, Just So and Soho Cinders playing in various productions all around the world. Having previously collaborated with Cameron Mackintosh and Julian Fellowes on the stage musical of Mary Poppins which ran on Broadway as well as a successful run in the West End, the team have reunited on two new musicals that are opening in London.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Interview with Julian Fellowes, the West End's busiest musical book writer

Academy Award-winner Julian Fellowes has suddenly become the West End's busiest bookwriter. Since winning the Oscar for his screenplay of 'Gosford Park', he has become internationally renowned for creating the hit ITV period drama 'Downton Abbey', which ran for its final season in 2015.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Top London Theatre Openings Winter 2016

With just six weeks to go until Christmas is upon us once again, London's theatreland shows no signs of slowing down, with a whole collection of brand new shows lining up to open in the final two months of the year. Whether you're looking for a thrilling new play, a hot new musical or some pure theatrical escapism, we bring together our Top 10 London Theatre openings from now until the end of 2016.

Next week we'll be looking at Christmas speciality shows that will help you get in the holiday mood, but for now read on to see which openings should certainly be on your radar...

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Interview with Half a Sixpence's Leading Man Charlie Stemp

Charlie Stemp's energy is infectiously electric both on stage and off. In the lead role of Arthur Kipps in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Half a Sixpence which officially opens in the West End next week Stemp redefines a role that became synonymous with Tommy Steele after the 1963 West End première. filling the stage with his own brand of charm and effervescent personality.

Our Review

There's something to be said for theatre as escapism, and as 2016 rolls towards a turbulent end we need musical comedy more than ever. That's not to trivialise the impressive work seen in this handsome revival of Half a Sixpence which has arrived in London as the latest in a long line of transfers from Chichester... Read more

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