Following rave reviews for both the show and its leading man Charlie Stemp, it was announced today that booking for the Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre production of Half a Sixpence at the Noël Coward Theatre has been extended to 22 April 2017.
The entire Chichester cast transferred to the West End, including newcomers Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps and Devon-Elise Johnson as Ann Pornick – alongside Ian Bartholomew as Chitterlow and Emma Williams as Helen Walsingham.
This new stage version of Half a Sixpence, the musical adaptation of H.G. Wells’ semi-autobiographical novel Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul, 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. The score is inspired by and features several of composer David Heneker’s songs from the original production, including ‘Flash Bang Wallop’, ‘Money to Burn’ and ‘Half a Sixpence’.
Half a Sixpence is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh who recently directed the Olivier nominated Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at the Open Air Theatre. The production is designed by Paul Brown, with choreography by Andrew Wright (Chichester/West End production of Guys and Dolls, the UK tour of Barnum and forthcoming Moby Dick at the Union Theatre) with orchestrations by William David Brohn. The musical supervisors will be Stephen Brooker and Graham Hurman, who will also conduct; with lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter and video design by Luke Halls. The original 1963 musical was written by Beverley Cross and David Heneker.
Readers may also be interested in:
Half a Sixpence – Noel Coward Theatre, London – Review.
Tickets for Half a Sixpence are available HERE.