Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced that David Flynn will play the coveted role of Dewey Finn in the upcoming London production of School Of Rock at the New London Theatre. Flynn has been seen in The Inbetweeners, Sherlock and Game Of Thrones, he appeared in the Donmar’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Book now for School of Rock
David Flynn is joined by Florence Andrews as Rosalie Mullins, Oliver Jackson as Ned Schneebly and Preeya Kalidas as Patty Di Marco.
School Of Rock is based on the 2003 film of the same name, which starred Jack Black. The stage musical features a rocking new score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and book by Julian Fellowes.
School of Rock – The Musical follows slacker and wannabe rock star Dewey Finn turn a class of straight-A students into an ear popping, riff scorching, all conquering rock band! Dewey poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet, and when he discovers his fifth graders’ musical talents, he enlists his class to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands. As Dewey falls for the beautiful headmistress, can he and his students keep this special assignment secret as they learn to fully embrace the power of rock?
Three teams of youngsters to play are required for performances, and earlier this year an extensive search was conducted across the country. The cast of students includes Tom Abisgold, Toby Lee, Jake Slack, Bailey Cassell, Jude Harper-Wrobel, Noah Key, Giles Carden, Oscar Francisco, James Lawson, Selma Hansen, Lois Jenkins, Sophia Pettit, Isabelle Methven, Lucy Simmonds, Eva Trodd, Madeleine Haynes, Leah Levman, Natasha Raphael, Jaydah Bell-Ricketts, ten years old from New Cross, Shoshana Ezequiel, twelve years old from Watford, Amelia Poggenpoel, Lola Moxom, Mia Roberts, Grace Schnieder, Nicole Dube, Amma Ris, Adithi Sujith, Jobe Hart, Joshua Vaughan, Logan Walmsley, Presley Charman, Lucas Chow, Ben Dawson, Bradley Bissett, Denzel Eboji, Sonny Kirby, Zachary Dowlatshahi, and Jacob Swann,
The ‘grown up’ cast is completed by Gary Trainor as the alternate Dewey with ensemble members Jonathan Bourne, Nadeem Crowe, Michelle Francis, Rosanna Hyland, Cassandra McCowan, Joel Montague, Andy Rees, Cameron Sharp, Tasha Sheridan, Andrew Spillett and Lucy Vandi and swings, Charlotte Bradford, Jason Denton, Cellen Chugg James, Chris Jenkins, Alfie Parker and Charlotte Scott.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “I’m delighted to be bringing School of Rock – The Musical to the West End this October, following what has been a hugely exhilarating experience creating and opening the show on Broadway, where we’ll soon celebrate our first birthday. As many people know I’m passionate about children engaging with music from an early age, and to that end I cannot wait for UK audiences to see the remarkably talented group of young actor musicians we have found for our production. They’re currently blowing the roof off our rehearsal rooms working with our wonderful cast of grown-ups led by the hilarious David Fynn.”
School of Rock opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in November 2015 where it continues. Alongside the Broadway production Andrew Lloyd Webber launched a nationwide release of the rights for schools and youth groups to create their own productions of School of Rock – The Musical using the exact same score as the Broadway show. Here in the UK, plans are well advanced to replicate that success ensuring that schools, colleges and youth groups can look forward to being able to license School of Rock – The Musical.