School Of Rock The Musical
SCHOOL OF ROCK, the hit Broadway musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber, is coming to London!

Based on the iconic, hit movie, this irresistible new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school's headmistress finding out?

With a new score from Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Julian Fellowes and the original songs from the movie, SCHOOL Of ROCK is a musical treat for all ages. After rave reviews on Broadway, you are invited to bring your air guitar and unleash your inner rock god?


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SCHOOL OF ROCK TO CLOSE IN MARCH; CINDERELLA TO OPEN IN SEPTEMBER (16 JANUARY 2020)

School of Rock The Musical will complete its hugely successful run at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on 1 March 2020, having played more than 1,400 performances, before heading out on a major UK tour in 2021. All tour dates and further information will be announced in due course.

Seen by over 1.3 million people, the West End production of School of Rock, based on the hit movie comedy starring Jack Black, received widespread critical and audience acclaim when it opened in November 2016, going on to win the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. Since opening the show has also welcomed over 100 young actor musicians to the kids cast of the show, who play their instruments live at every performance.
School of Rock opened in London following a triumphant Broadway premiere in 2015. The New York production ran for more than three years and also embarked on an 18 month US tour. The show is also currently playing in Sydney, following dates in Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, Korea and a multi-city tour of China. This extensive Australasian tour will continue into 2020 with dates across the region and a major UK tour will launch in February 2021. Standalone productions have also played in Italy, Brazil and Israel with runs in Argentina, Spain, South Africa, Mexico and Germany planned.

Andrew Lloyd Webber further said: "I've been thrilled by School of Rock's success around the world, especially in the West End. I'm very glad that so many kids have seen the show and been inspired to pick up an instrument and take up music after seeing what our young performers do live every night. There are local language productions now planned around the world, and I'm particularly keen to see the Chinese kids band rock out in due course!"

Following School of Rock's departure from the Gillian Lynne Theatre, owners LW Theatres will carry out internal upgrade work to the building including the addition of more toilets, refurbishment to areas of the auditorium and Front of House, as well as the potential increase in seating capacity on the circle level of the theatre.

Following the refurbishment, Andrew Lloyd Webber's highly-anticipated Cinderella will open at the venue, with performances beginning in September 2020.

The production, a complete reinvention of the classic fairytale, is based on an original idea by Emerald Fennell, the Emmy Award-nominated lead scriptwriter of the second season of international smash hit Killing Eve, with a brand new score from the legendary composer.

Fennell's new film A Promising Young Woman, that she has written and directed and which stars Carey Mulligan, will open this spring. As an actress she played Patsy Mount on the BBC's Call The Midwife and currently depicts Camilla Parker Bowles on the Netflix hit The Crown.

The show's lyrics are from David Zippel, a multi-award winner for Broadway productions including City of Angels, The Goodbye Girl, The Woman in White and Liza at the Palace, as well as for work on film including Disney's Hercules and Mulan, both of which received Oscar nominations.

Cinderella will be directed by Laurence Connor, with choreography from JoAnn Hunter, who previously partnered on School of Rock and the recent, sold out production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said:
"I have long wanted to write my own version of Cinderella but could never find a take on the classic story that really grabbed me. Emerald Fennell has written something truly exciting and original, and the moment I read her outline I knew I'd found my latest collaborator. I'm very pleased to be working with David Zippel, a hugely witty lyricist, once again.
"I'm also excited to be reunited with Laurence and JoAnn, who I loved creating School of Rock with and who delivered a knock out Joseph last Summer at The London Palladium, where it rightfully returns in June."

All further creative team and cast announcements regarding Cinderella will be made at a later date.



CRAIG GALLIVAN & LAURA TEBBUTT LEAD YEAR THREE CAST OF LONDON'S SCHOOL OF ROCK (18 JULY 2018)

From 22 August 2018 term will begin for the year three cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Olivier Award-winning production of School of Rock - The Musical at the newly named Gillian Lynne Theatre. A further 350,000 tickets for the West End production have been released and the show is now booking to 20 October 2019.

Based on the iconic film of the same title, School of Rock - The Musical sees the kids from Dewey's band compete in the legendary Battle of the Bands and embrace the power of rock.

Craig Gallivan will lead the cast in the role of Dewey Finn (he was previously the alternate) with Laura Tebbutt as Rosalie Mullins, Alan Pearson as Ned Schneebly, Michelle Francis as Patty DiMarco and Jake Sharp who will play Dewey Finn at certain performances. The remaining adult cast comprises John Addison, Nick Butcher, Rob Falconer, Martina Isibor, Claudia Kariuki, Jessica Louise Parkinson, Richard Morse, Andy Rees, Hannah Stratton, Alex Tomkins and James Wolstenholme with swings Paul Kemble, Jessica Kirton, Billy Mitchell, Catherine Morris and Andy Prosser.

As well as the show entering its third year in the West End, in October this year an Australian production of School of Rock - The Musical will open at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne. The Broadway production continues at the Winter Garden Theatre and the US national touring production is currently booking to September 2018.



REHEARSALS BEGIN FOR NEW SCHOOL OF ROCK CAST (24 OCTOBER 2017)

Rehearsals have begun for the new West End cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Olivier award-winning production of School of Rock - The Musical. Stephen Leask, having played the role of alternate Dewey since May this year, will now lead the cast as Dewey Finn from 15 November 2017, as the show enters its second year in the West End. Joining Leask at the New London Theatre will be Alan Pearson as Ned Schneebly, Michelle Francis as Patty Di Marco, currently a member of the ensemble, and Stella TV star Craig Gallivan as the alternate Dewey Finn.

Florence Andrews will continue as Rosalie Mullins alongside the three teams of thirteen kids who make up Dewey's band. The 'grown-up' cast is completed by ensemble members Nick Butcher, Cassandra McCowan, Jessica Louise Parkinson, Andy Rees, Cameron Sharp, Jake Sharp, James Smoker, Wendy Somerville, Andrew Spillett, Hannah Stratton and Alex Tomkins with swings, Paul Kemble, Laura Medforth, Billy Mitchell, Tasha Sheridan and Joshua St. Clair.

Now booking to 13 January 2019, School of Rock - The Musical opened in November last year and is one of four Lloyd Webber shows - with Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar - which have played concurrently in the West End this year. The West End production of School of Rock - The Musical is the recipient of the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music, and in August this year, the production welcomed a new group of kids who play live music on stage at each performance.

Based on the iconic hit movie and with a rocking new score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock - The Musical follows slacker and wannabe rock star Dewey Finn turn a class of straight-A 10-year-old students into an ear popping, riff scorching, all-conquering rock band! Dewey poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet, and when he discovers his fifth graders- musical talents, he enlists his class to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands. As Dewey falls for the beautiful headmistress, can he and his students keep this special assignment secret as they learn to fully embrace the power of rock?



SCHOOL OF ROCK; RAVE REVIEWS AND BOOKING EXTENSION (24 DECEMBER 2016)

Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End production of School of Rock - The Musical announces the show will be extending booking at the New London Theatre to 9 April 2017. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, School of Rock opened recently to rave reviews.

Alongside comedy star David Fynn as Dewey Finn the adult cast comprises Florence Andrews as Rosalie Mullins, Oliver Jackson as Ned Schneebly and Preeya Kalidas as Patty Di Marco. They are joined on stage at each performance by one of three teams of thirteen young performers who make up Dewey's band.

Based on the iconic hit movie and with a rocking new score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock - The Musical follows slacker and wannabe rock star Dewey Finn turn a class of straight-A students into an ear popping, riff scorching, all conquering rock band. Dewey poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet, and when he discovers his fifth graders' musical talents, he enlists his class to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands. As Dewey falls for the beautiful headmistress, can he and his students keep this special assignment secret as they learn to fully embrace the power of rock?

Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock features music from the movie, as well as new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes.



INBETWEENERS STAR JOINS SCHOOL OF ROCK CAST (14 SEPTEMBER 2016)

It's been announced that David Fynn is to lead the London cast of School of Rock - The Musical as wannabe rock star Dewey Finn. The production will begin previews at the New London Theatre on 24 October 2016 and is initially booking to 12 February 2017.

Based on the iconic hit movie and with a rocking new score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, comedy star David Fynn will star in the role made famous by Jack Black in the film. His television credits include The Inbetweeners, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, a series regular in Pete vs Life for Channel 4 and Undateable for NBC/Comedy Central. On stage he has appeared at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and at the Donmar Warehouse in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He is joined by Florence Andrews as Rosalie Mullins, Oliver Jackson as Ned Schneebly and Preeya Kalidas as Patty Di Marco.

The 'grown up' cast is completed by Gary Trainor as the alternate Dewey with ensemble members Jonathan Bourne, Nadeem Crowe, Michelle Francis, Rosanna Hyland, Cassandra McCowan, Joel Montague, Andy Rees, Cameron Sharp, Tasha Sheridan, Andrew Spillett and Lucy Vandi and swings, Charlotte Bradford, Jason Denton, Cellen Chugg James, Chris Jenkins, Alfie Parker and Charlotte Scott.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said:
"I'm delighted to be bringing School of Rock - The Musical to the West End this October, following what has been a hugely exhilarating experience creating and opening the show on Broadway, where we'll soon celebrate our first birthday. As many people know, I'm passionate about children engaging with music from an early age, and to that end I cannot wait for UK audiences to see the remarkably talented group of young actor musicians we have found for our production. They're currently blowing the roof off our rehearsal rooms working with our wonderful cast of grown-ups led by the hilarious David Fynn."











Information
Type of production: Musical

Opened: 24 October 2016

Booking until: 01 March 2020

Running time: 2 Hours 30 Mins

Prices: £20.00 - £198.00

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