Following rave reviews and a record-breaking run in Chichester, Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce the West End transfer of the critically acclaimed hit musical “HALF A SIXPENCE” -which he co-produced with Chichester Festival Theatre – introducing the sensational new star Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps.
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’.
The first booking period is on sale until 11th February 2017.
Noe Coward Theatre
Originally called the New Theatre, opening on Thursday 12th March 1903, and built by Sir Charles and Mary Wyndham behind Wyndham’s Theatre which, was completed in 1899.
Designed by W. G. R. Sprague, the building has an exterior in the classical style and an interior in the Rococo style.
In 1915 Dion Boucicault presented a Christmas revival of J M Barrie’s Peter Pan, which was then repeated until 1919. The theatre also staged a number of successful productions by other distinguished writers such as Somerset Maugham, A A Milne, Noel Coward, Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, T S Eliot and Tennessee Williams. Noël Coward appeared in his own play, I’ll Leave It To You in 1920, the first West End production of one of his plays.
The sixties were ruled by Lionel Bart’s Oliver! which ran for 2618 performances.
A number of famous actors have appeared on stage at the theatre including Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Sybil Thorndike, and Peggy Ashcroft.
In 1973 the theatre was renamed the Albery in tribute to Sir Bronson Albery who had presided over the theatre for numerous years.
The theatre underwent major renovation in 2006, and was renamed the Noël Coward Theatre when it re-opened for the London premiere of Avenue Q on Thursday 1st June 2006.
The theatre has seen many diverse productions such as Somerset Maugham’s The Constant Wife, Children of a Lesser God by Mark Medoff, Tom Stoppard’s Travesties and of course Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers.
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