Ever since it premiered at The Old Vic in London in 2016, the rumour mill has been rife with talk about if and when Tim Minchin’s musical...
Half a Sixpence to close in the West End on 2 September 2017
The musical revival enjoyed a 10 month run.
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.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh said of the news: “I’m delighted that this new “Half A Sixpence” has been greeted so rapturously by audiences and critics and discovered a new star in Charlie Stemp. It is most gratifying that this long neglected David Heneker and Beverley Cross musical, brilliantly re-written by Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, now has a new lease of life with interest for several other productions in discussion.”
Half a Sixpence stars Olivier Award nominee Charlie Stemp as ‘Arthur Kipps’, Devon-Elise Johnson as ‘Ann Pornick’, Ian Bartholomew as ‘Chitterlow’ and Emma Williams as ‘Helen Walsingham’.
Based on H.G. Wells’s semi- autobiographical novel ‘Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul’ the musical features a book by Julian Fellowes with score by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe which features a number of David Heneker’s original songs including "Flash Bang Wallop", "Money To Burn" and "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."
Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh it features designs by Paul Brown, with choreography by Andrew Wright, orchestrations by William David Brohn, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter and video design by Luke Halls.
Half a Sixpence tickets are now on sale to 2 September 2017.