Half a Sixpence – booking extended into September

7. HALF A SIXPENCE The Company & Charlie Stemp 'Arthur Kipps'. Photo by Manuel Harlan

The company and Charlie Stemp in Half a Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre, London. Picture: Manuel Harlan

For the second time booking has been extended for the critically acclaimed West End transfer of the Chichester Festival Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh production of Half a Sixpence.

Tickets for show at the Noel Coward Theatre are now available until 2 September. An extra midweek matinee performance on Thursdays at 2.30pm will also be added from 20 March.

The production features the entire Chichester cast including relative newcomers Charlie Stemp and Devon-Elise Johnson in the central roles of Arthur Kipps and his childhood friend Ann Pornick. They are joined by actor Ian Bartholomew in the role of Chitterlow alongside actress Emma Williams as Helen Walsingham.

The new adaptation of the hit 1960s musical opened at the Festival Theatre last July, re-uniting the team behind Mackintosh’s stage version of Disney’s Mary Poppins, Julian Fellowes and George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

Based on H.G. Wells’ novel Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul, which was loosely based on the writer’s own experiences as an apprentice in a Southsea draper’s shop, the original show was conceived as a vehicle for Tommy Steele by Beverley Cross and David Heneker.

The new version features original songs by Heneker along with new music and lyrics by Stiles and Drewe, along with a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Fellowes.

Co-created by Mackintosh and directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, the production’s debut last summer coincided with the 150th anniversary of H.G. Wells’ birth and the 70th anniversary of the writer’s death.

Production design is by Paul Brown with choreography by Andrew Wright and orchestrations by William David Brohn. The musical supervisors are Stephen Brooker and Graham Hurman, who also conducts; with lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter and video design by Luke Halls.

Angela Thomas

Readers may also be interested in:

Half a Sixpence – Noel Coward Theatre, London – Review.

Tickets for Half a Sixpencare available HERE.

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