Producer Cameron Mackintosh has announced that his acclaimed production of Half A Sixpence will play its final performance at the Noel Coward Theatre on Saturday 2 September 2017. This dazzling new reinvention of the classic musical first opened at the Chichester Festival theatre last summer before transferring to the West End where it received rave reviews extending its run twice. When the show ends its run at the Noël Coward Theatre it will be the longest-running West End transfer from the Chichester Festival Theatre since “Singin’ in the Rain”. Producer Cameron Mackintosh says: “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 … Read more
This year’s Olivier Awards look set to be amongst the most exciting in recent times with Harry Potter And The Cursed Child receiving 11 nominations, Groundhog Day (8 nominations), The Glass Menagerie (7 nominations) and Dreamgirls (5 nominations) featuring prominently. Presented by The Society Of London Theatre, The Olivier Awards are named after Sir Laurence Olivier, one of Britain’s finest actors. Thies year the awards will be held on 9 April 2017 at The Royal Albert Hall in London. BOOK TICKETS FOR THE OLIVIER AWARDS NOMINATED SHOWS FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE OLIVIER AWARDS 2017 https://youtu.be/1oTpkGVtZx8 OLIVIER AWARDS 2017 NOMINEES Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical Ian Bartholomew for Half A Sixpence at Noël Coward Theatre Adam J Bernard for Dreamgirls at Savoy Theatre Ben Hunter for The Girls at Phoenix Theatre Andrew Langtree for Groundhog Day at The Old Vic Best Actress in a Supporting Role … Read more
The 23rd March is Mother’s Day and we’d like to suggest some great shows that your Mum might enjoy this Mother’s Day. With some of our London choices you can even add a meal to your tickets. Here’s our list of shows your mum might enjoy:- The Girls – Phoenix Theatre, London Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical adaptation of the film Calendar Girls has been wowing audiences and critics alike. This wonderful musical is one for all ages and is highly recommended. Read Our Review. TAKE YOUR MUM TO THE GIRLS Half A Sixpence – Noel Coward Theatre The hit musical that starred Tommy Steele has been updated and now stars critically acclaimed newcomer Charlie Stemp. The rags to riches tale of an ordinary guy who just wants a simple life is sure to Flash, Bang, Wallop it’s way to your heart. Read our review. TAKE YOUR MUM TO … Read more
Following rave reviews for the new production of Half A Sixpence and its incredible leading man Charlie Stemp, producer Cameron Mackintosh announced today that the show would extend its run at the Noel Coward Theatre until 22 April 2017. Read our review for Half A Sixpence. This completely fresh stage adaptation takes David Heneker’s original songs adding a revised book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, School Of Rock), adding new songs from British musical theatre team George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins, Just So, Betty Blue Eyes). 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 … Read more
All in all, this collaboration between the Chichester Festival Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh is a splendidly handsome revival of a much-loved classic story, offering a fresh look at one of the greatest British musical scores ever written, and incorporating a lot of fine new writing by some of the most experienced creatives in the industry. It’s a delight.
Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s 70th birthday began with a ‘Flash Bang Wallop’ as the cast of Half A Sixpence surprised him with an impromptu performance as he inspected works at the Noël Coward Theatre, ahead of their first performance later this month. We hope you enjoy these great photos captured by Matt Crockett. BOOK TICKETS TO HALF A SIXPENCE
Following its critically-acclaimed, record-breaking run at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Cameron Mackintosh has announced that the production will open at the Noel Coward Theatre in London. Half A Sixpence will start previews on 29 October 2016, opening on 17 November and will book until 11 February 2017. The entire Chichester cast will transfer to the West End, starring newcomers Charlie Stemp as ‘Arthur Kipps’ and Devon-Elise Johnson as ‘Ann Pornick’ – alongside three times Olivier-nominated actor Ian Bartholomew as ‘Chitterlow’ and three times Olivier-nominated actress Emma Williams as ‘Helen Walsingham’. Based on H G Wells’s novel Kipps: The Story Of A Simple Soul, this production of Half A Sixpence is a completely fresh adaptation that reunites George Stiles and Anthony Drewe with Julian Fellowes (the creator of Downton Abbey). Together the team were responsible for adapting Mary Poppins for the stage. The score is inspired by and features several of … Read more