About the showOlivier Award-winning smash-hit musical School of Rock plays at the West End's Gillian Lynne Theatre, after originally transferring from Broadway in 2016. Based on the classic 2003 film of the same name, the show arrived in London following a critically acclaimed Broadway run that received a fistful of Tony Award-nominations, as well as praise from the original Jack Black – “I laughed. I cried. I rocked!”.
School of Rock the Musical follows failed wannabe rock star Dewey Finn, as he decides to steal the identity of his friend and flatmate Ned Schneebly, in order to make a quick buck after being kicked out of his own band. Taking on the role of substitute teacher may be daunting to some, but with rock and roll at his heart, Dewey finds the power to change his straight-A prep schoolkids’ lives through the power of music.
With Dewey firing up the rebellious nature of these kids, the opportunity to live out his dreams through them and enter the Battle of the Bands competition is too good to resist. But with a group of very conventional parents and a strict principle, who he may have fallen in love with, will he be able to pull it off?
Musical theatre legend Andrew Lloyd Webber has penned 14 original songs to set the musical adaptation alight, including "You're in the Bed", "Mount Rock" and "Where Did the Rock Go", as well as the iconic "School of Rock (Teacher's Pet)". School of Rock the Musical also features a book written by Julian Fellowes (Mary Poppins, Downton Abbey) and lyrics by Glenn Slater (Disney’s Tangled, Love Never Dies), with direction by Laurence Connor, choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Mick Potter.
David Fynn, who originated the role in the West End, currently stars as Dewey Finn. Further cast members include Florence Andrews (Miss Atomic Bomb, A Little Night Music) as Rosalie Mullins, Mark Anderson as Ned Schneebly, Michelle Francis as Patty Di Marco and Craig Gallivan as alternate Dewey.
Further casting includes Nick Butcher, Cassandra McCowan, Jessica Louise Parkinson, Andy Rees, Cameron Sharp, Jake Sharp, James Smoker, Wendy Somerville, Andrew Spillett, Hannah Stratton and Alex Tomkins.
Come and learn how to "Stick it to the Man" in the West End with some completely off-curriculum classes, taught by one of the greatest (or worst) supply teachers to have ever existed. School of Rock the Musical plays at the Gillian Lynne Theatre - don't miss out!
Who Should See It?School of Rock the Musical is not only perfect for lovers of the original film, but also anyone wanting to a riotous night out! With Andrew Lloyd Webber behind this smash-hit musical adaptation of the film, fans of his work will be able to experience his trademark brilliance.
The musical is recommended 8+. Under 4s will not be admitted.