School of Rock

School of Rock set to close at the Gillian Lynne Theatre

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The Olivier Award-winning musical School of Rock will close at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on 1st March 2020. The musical has been performed in the West End over 1,400 times, and will close in order to make way for the West End premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella, which is set to open in September 2020.

School of Rock to close in the West End

School of Rock will play its final performance at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on 1st March 2020. The musical made its West End premiere on 24th October 2016, ahead of an official opening on 14th November 2016. School of Rock will embark on a nationwide tour in 2021, with further details on venues to follow.

Speaking about School of Rock in the West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber said: "I've been thrilled by School of Rock's success around the world, especially in the West End.  I'm very glad that so many kids have seen the show and been inspired to pick up an instrument and take up music after seeing what our young performers do live every night."

School of Rock cast

Noel Sullivan plays Dewey Finn, previously starring in touring productions of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He is joined by Mark Anderson as Ned Schneebly, Rebecca LaChance as Patty Di Marco and Laura Tebbutt as Rosalie Mullins, alongside the three teams of twelves kids who make up Dewey's band. 

The adult cast is completed by Keisha Amponsa Banson, Ryan Bearpark, Rob Falconer, Kelly Hampson, Suzie McAdam, Richard Morse, Jayde Nelson, Andy Rees, Alex Tomkins, James Wolstenholme and Benjamin Yates.

About School of Rock

Based on the 2003 film of the same name, School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe musician who takes on the identity of his flatmate Ned Schneebly to pose as a substitute teacher at Horace Green Preparatory School. Learning of the class' musical ability, he moulds the children into a rock band to compete in a local competition, but can Dewey Finn and the kids of Horace Green keep it a secret?

School of Rock features a book by Julian Fellowes, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Glenn Slater. In a review for, Mark Shenton praised "Julian Fellowes's witty, knowing book", saying that "You cannot fail to be charmed and exhilarated, by turns."

School of Rock tickets

School of Rock is at the Gillian Lynne Theatre  to 1st March 2020.

School of Rock tickets are on sale now.

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