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Following rave reviews and a record-breaking run in Chichester, Cameron Mackintosh's critically acclaimed hit musical Half A Sixpence transfers to the Noël Coward Theatre in London's West End from 29 October.
This new stage version of Half A Sixpence is a completely fresh adaptation which reunites book-writer Julian Fellowes (Oscar-winning screenwriter and creator of Downton Abbey) with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the musical team that co-creator Cameron Mackintosh first put together to create the hit stage adaptation of Mary Poppins with Disney.
Half A Sixpence is the iconic British musical adaptation of H.G. Wells’s disguised autobiographical novel Kipps: The Story Of A Simple Soul, based on the author’s unhappy apprenticeship as a draper at Hyde’s Drapery Emporium in Southsea.
This new stage version of the novel is a completely fresh adaptation by Julian Fellowes, Oscar-winning screenwriter and creator of Downton Abbey.
Arthur Kipps, an orphan, is an over-worked draper’s assistant at Shalford’s Bazaar, Folkestone, at the turn of the last century.
He is a charming but ordinary young man who, along with his fellow apprentices, dreams of a better and more fulfilling world, but he likes his fun just like any other, except not quite.
When Kipps unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society, it confuses everything he thought he knew about life.
Watching him wrestle with his new identity is his childhood companion and not-quite girlfriend, Ann Pornick, who sees with dismay how Arthur is being made over in a new image by the beautiful and classy Helen Walsingham.
She is always there with helpful hints on how Arthur could improve himself and make his life richer and more meaningful, if only he would believe in himself, and listen to her.
Both of these young women love Arthur - there is no doubt about that - but which 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.
The score is inspired by and features several of composer David Heneker's exhilarating songs from the original production, including 'Flash Bang Wallop', 'Money To Burn' and 'Half A Sixpence'.
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Performance days & times
Wednesday - 2-30pm
Saturday - 2-30pm
Monday to Thursday performances:
£74.75, £49.75, £27.25, £14.75
Friday and Saturday performances:
£79.75, £49.75, £27.25, £14.75
Premium tickets: £127.25, £99.75
(Actor - character)
Charlie Stemp - Arthur Kipps
Ian Bartholomew - Chitterlow
Devon-Elise Johnson - Ann Pornick
Emma Williams - Helen Walsingham
Vivien Parry - Mrs Walsingham
Jane How - Lady Punnet
Gerard Carey - James Walsingham / Photographer
David Birch - Swing
Kimberly Blake - Mrs Bindo-Botting
David Burrows - Uncle Bert
Nick Butcher - Head Waiter / Assistant Dance Captain
John Conroy - Shalford / Foster
Matthew Dale - Hayes
Jaye Juliette Elster - Mrs Wace / Dance Captain
Tim Hodges - Mr Wace
Alex Hope - Sid Pornick
Bethany Huckle - Flo
Samantha Hull - Swing
Rebecca Jayne Davies - Mary
Ross Lee Fowkes - Swing
Jennifer Louise Jones - Miss Ross
Philip Marriott - Policeman
Harry Morrison - Carshot / Maxwell
Sam O'Rourke - Buggins
Callum Train - Pierce
Lauren Varnham - Mildred
Annie Wensak - Aunt Susan / Lady Dacre
Director: Rachel Kavanaugh
Designer: Paul Brown
Choreography: Andrew Wright
Lighting: Paule Constable
Sound: Mick Potter
Video designer: Luke Halls