About the showFollowing a hugely successful premiere at the Chichester Festival Theatre, hit musical Half a Sixpence transferred to the West End's Noel Coward Theatre in November 2016, earning rave reviews from audiences and critics alike.
Half a Sixpence is the classic musical by David Heneker, which has been revitalised in a new adaptation by Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellows. Based on the H.G. Wells’ novel Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul, the musical tells the tale of an assistant at a Drapery Emporium whose life undergoes dramatic changes when he comes into money.
Julian Fellowes is the prolific writer and actor who is best known for creating the internationally famous ITV drama series Downton Abbey which saw Fellowes win an Academy Award. Further works include the 2001 film Gosford Park, as well as the book for School of Rock – The Musical and The Wind in the Willows musical.
With an award-winning creative team at the helm, Half a Sixpence features direction by Rachel Kavanaugh, choreography by Andrew Wright, design by Paul Brown, lighting design by Paule Constable and sound design by Mick Potter.
WhatsOnStage Award winner Charlie Stemp stars as Arthur Kipps, alongside Devon-Elise Johnson (Mamma Mia!) as Ann Pornick, Emma Williams (Mrs Henderson Presents) as Helen Walsingham and Ian Batholomew (Mrs Henderson Presents) as Chitterlow. Further cast members include Vivien Parry as Mrs Walsingham, Jane How as Lady Punnet, Gerard Carey as James Walsingham, Bethany Huckle as Flo and Sam O'Rourke as Buggins.
A spectacular revival of a classic musical, Half a Sixpence began West End performances at the Noel Coward Theatre in October 2016, and ends its London run on 2nd September 2017.