Half a Sixpence

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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Leading man Charlie Stemp redefines the role originally made famous by Tommy Steele, showing off his impressive singing, dancing and banjo playing that leads to multiple standing ovations at each performance.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.

Charlie Stemp will not be performing in Half a Sixpence from 1st to 19th August. 

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.

Running time: 
2 hours 45 minutes (One interval)
2 videos 15 images
About Half a Sixpence:

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).
Half a Sixpence Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Saturday, 29 October, 2016
Opening date: 
Thursday, 17 November, 2016
Available from: 
Saturday, 2 September, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 2 September, 2017

Noel Coward Theatre

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

Half a Sixpence Customer reviews

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 Festival Theatre.

Latest Half a Sixpence News & Features

Half a Sixpence to close in the West End on 2 September 2017
Half a Sixpence to close in the West End on 2 September 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017

It has been announced that the current West End revival of Half a Sixpence will play its final performance in London's West End on 2 September 2017. Having originally opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre it transferred to the West End in October 2016, officially opening at the Noel Coward Theatre on 17 November 2016.

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