Join audiences in clapping their hands and stamping their feet, as the West End bids farewell to Half A Sixpence. Closing on Saturday 2nd September 2017. And you can be sure it will be out with a ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop’!
Producer Cameron Mackintosh says: “I’m delighted that this new Half A Sixpence has been greeted so rapturously by audiences and critics and discovered a new star in Charlie Stemp. It is most gratifying that this long neglected David Heneker and Beverley Cross musical, brilliantly re-written by Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, now has a new lease of life with interest for several other productions in discussion.”
Earlier this year, the show won three WhatsOnStage Awards for Charlie Stemp as Best Actor in a Musical (Arthur Kipps), Emma Williams for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Helen Walsingham), and Andrew Wright for Best Choreography. The show has received almost universal critical acclaim, with 5☆ reviews across the board. I was lucky enough to take part in a Q&A with the cast about the run so far and what comes next, at the Bloggers’ Press Night.
This new stage version of Half A Sixpence, the musical adaptation of H.G. Wells’s 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 exhilarating songs from the original production, including ‘Flash Bang Wallop’, ‘Money To Burn’ and ‘Half A Sixpence’.
Tickets are available until the end of the run, priced between £12.50 – £77.50. A limited number of £20 seats are also released each day from 10.00am in person at the box office.