About the showFollowing a hugely successful opening run at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Half a Sixpence has received a West End transfer and opened at the Noel Coward Theatre in November 2016.
Half a Sixpence is the classic musical by David Heneker, which has been rejuvenated in a new rewrite by Julian Fellows. The original is based on the H.G. Wells’ novel Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul, which tells the tale of an unhappy assistant at a Drapery Emporium whose life undergoes dramatic changes when he comes into money.
Julian Fellowes is a much loved writer and actor, known for his work on both stage and screen, most notably for being the creator of the internationally famous ITV drama series Downton Abbey which saw Fellowes win an Academy Award. Other writing by Fellowes include the 2001 movie Gosford Park as well as the book for School of Rock – The Musical and The Wind in the Willows.
Half a Sixpence originally opened at the Chichester Festival theatre to rave reviews, but will now transfer to the West End stage at the Noel Coward Theatre, with shows having started on 29th October 2016 and a press night being held on 17th November where. The show is currently set to run until 2nd September 2017.
The musical tells the story of Arthur Kipps, a poor has a difficult life working in the early 1900s. This suddenly changes and sends his life into a whirlwind when he inherits an unexpected fortune. With his life completely changed, he is thrust into an unknown society, all the while his love is torn.
The show sees all the original Chichester Festival Theatre cast reprise their roles when it transfers to London, including Charlie Stemp starring as Arthur Kipps, a role that has won the young actor great acclaim. The show also features Devon-Elise Johnson as Ann Pornick, Emma Williams as Helen Walsingham and Ian Batholomew as Chitterlow.
Half a Sixpence is a spectacular and fresh revival of a classic musical, and began performances in London at the Noel Coward Theatre on 29th October 2016, and is currently set to run until 2nd September 2017.
Who Should See It?Half a Sixpence is perfect for anyone who loves a great classic musical given new life, such as Show Boat which received glowing reviews at the New London Theatre earlier on this year. A brilliant cast and creative team means that Half a Sixpence is one of the most anticipated revivals of the year.