Half A Sixpence
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Following rave reviews and a record-breaking run in Chichester, Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre's critically acclaimed hit musical HALF A SIXPENCE transfers to the Noel Coward Theatre in London's West End from 29 October.

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'.

With audiences on their feet every night, you won't want to miss this 'joyous production' (Evening Standard), so book your tickets today!


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HALF A SIXPENCE POSTS CLOSING NOTICES FOR SEPTEMBER (10 MAY 2017)

First presented at Chichester's Festival Theatre last summer, the Olivier Award-nominated revival of Half A Sixpence will play its final performance at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre on Saturday 2 September 2017, having extended its limited season twice. When the show ends its run in London, it will be the longest running West End transfer from the Chichester Festival Theatre since Singin' in the Rain, which ran for 16 months at the Palace Theatre in 2012 and 2013.

Acclaimed by audiences and critics as a dazzling reinvention of the original musical and winning plaudits for both production and cast, the role of Arthur Kipps in Half A Sixpence, which made Tommy Steele a star 54 years ago, has now well and truly launched the career of newcomer Charlie Stemp with his sensational award-winning performance, which netted him an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.

Producer Cameron Mackintosh says: "I'm delighted that this new production 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."



HALF A SIXPENCE EXTENDS BOOKING TO SEPTEMBER (23 JANUARY 2017)

Cameron Mackintosh has announced that booking for the Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre production of Half A Sixpence at the NoŽl Coward Theatre has been extended for a second time to 2 September 2017. From 20 March, there will be an additional midweek matinee performance on Thursdays at 2.30pm.

The entire Chichester cast have transferred to the West End, starring newcomers Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps and Devon-Elise Johnson as Ann Pornick - alongside three times Olivier-nominated actor Ian Bartholomew as Chitterlow and three times Olivier-nominated actress Emma Williams as Helen Walsingham.

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.



HALF A SIXPENCE EXTENDS BOOKING TO APRIL 2017 (28 NOVEMBER 2016)

Following rave reviews for both the show and its leading man Charlie Stemp, booking for the Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre production of Half A Sixpence at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre has been extended to 22 April 2017.

The entire Chichester cast have transferred to the West End, starring newcomers Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps and Devon-Elise Johnson as Ann Pornick - alongside three times Olivier-nominated actor Ian Bartholomew as Chitterlow and three times Olivier-nominated actress Emma Williams as Helen Walsingham.

This new stage version, 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.



HALF A SIXPENCE TRANSFERS TO WEST END THIS NOVEMBER (7 SEPTEMBER 2016)

Following rave reviews and a record-breaking run in Chichester, Cameron Mackintosh has announced the West End transfer of the critically acclaimed musical Half A Sixpence - which he co-produced with Chichester Festival Theatre - introducing the sensational new star Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps. Performances will commence at the Noel Coward Theatre from 29 October 2016.

The entire Chichester cast will transfer to the West End, starring newcomers Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps and Devon-Elise Johnson as Ann Pornick - alongside three times Olivier-nominated actor Ian Bartholomew as Chitterlow and three times Olivier-nominated actress Emma Williams as Helen Walsingham.

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.

Cameron Mackintosh said:
"I am absolutely thrilled that our new version of the iconic British musical Half a Sixpence has gone off with such a flash bang wallop and been so rapturously received by both audiences and critics alike, breaking box offices records in Chichester. The show's amazing cast is headed by the sensational new young star Charlie Stemp, who has put his own brilliantly original stamp on a part that fifty years ago launched Tommy Steele's international theatre and film career. Everyone seems to agree that history is about to repeat itself with Charlie, whose performance is sending audiences into raptures nightly."
"I'm also thrilled that the show is going to open in London at the Noel Coward Theatre, original home of another great iconic British musical Oliver! which premiered in 1960, three years before Sixpence opened up the street at the Cambridge Theatre. The spacious Coward stage will perfectly show off Paul Brown's brilliant design."

Jonathan Church the outgoing Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre added:
"Half A Sixpence has taken Chichester by storm. As a relatively rarely revived British musical we didn't quite know what to expect with our audiences. We needn't have worried, from the moment this incredible re-worked version burst onto the stage our audiences went wild. With standing ovations every night the show rapidly became the fastest selling production in the history of the theatre with many audience members visiting 3 or 4 times, setting a new benchmark for musicals in Chichester."







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Type of production: Musical

Opened: 29 October 2016

Booking until: 02 September 2017

Running time: To Be Confirmed

Prices: £33.00 - £162.00