Half a Sixpence at Noel Coward Theatre tickets
Half a Sixpence at Noel Coward Theatre tickets

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Half a Sixpence transferred to London’s West End following a hugely successful revival at the Chichester Festival Theatre. The show began performances on 29th October 2016, having had its official opening on 17th November 2016 and will run until 2nd September 2017.

Half a Sixpence is the classic musical version of H.G. Wells’ novel Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul which is a veiled autobiography of his unhappy apprentice at a Drapery Emporium.

This new show is a completely new adaptation written by Julian Fellowes. Fellowes is a much loved actor and writer, best known for being the creator and screenwriter of the hugely popular ITV period drama Downton Abbey and the 2001 film Gosford Park. Fellowes has seen countless stage successes, working on shows such as School of Rock – The Musical, The Wind in The Willows and Mary Poppins.

The musical follows the tale of Arthur Kipps, a poor orphan who has a hard life as draper’s assistant in the early 1900s. Although ordinary, he is a charming young man, who dreams of a nice and more fulfilling world.

When he surprisingly becomes heir to a fortune, he is propelled into the upper class society and everything he knew about life becomes unstable, as he wrestles with his identity and relationships.

This new stage version is created by an acclaimed creative team, including reuniting bookwriter Julian Fellows with Anthony Drewe and George Styles, the musical team that were first put together by co-creator and producer Cameron Mackintosh when creating their acclaimed stage adaptation of Mary Poppins. A vibrant new score has been created by the team, featuring several of the most loved original songs.

The show first opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre to great acclaim, with its entire original cast having transferred for the West End production at the Noel Coward Theatre. Charlie Stemp takes the lead role as Arthur Kipps, with Devon-Elise Johnson as Ann Pornick, Ian Batholomew as Chitterlow and Emma Williams as Helen Walsingham.

Half a Sixpence began performances at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End on 29th October 2016, with an official opening on 17th November 2016 and is currently set to run until 2nd September 2017.

Recommended for

Half a Sixpence is a beautiful revival of a classic musical, brought up to date by one of theatre’s greatest creative teams. If you loved previous classic musical revivals such as Show Boat at the New London Theatre you should definitely check this out. With Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellows behind it, you can expect the very highest quality.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for very young children

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hour 45 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 29 Oct 2016
Press night: 17 Nov 2016
Booking from: 01 Sep 2017
Booking until: 02 Sep 2017

Location and map

Noel Coward Theatre
St Martins Lane
London, WC2N 4AU

657 Reviews Add review

Honestly, I had never heard of this musical until it started getting nominated for awards all over the city. Even then, it didn't really... More

beckyfitz 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I went in to Half a Sixpence not knowing much except that Tommy Steele had been in the original 1963 production (it was one of the... More

braintree 155cm, 64 reviews, 6 helpful votes

The use of the revolve stage really worked well to maximize space on the stage and the sets were really top-notch in detail and looked... More

amandareynolds 5"6, 76 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This is a great show that I'd wanted to see after reading all the rave reviews and watching the various video trailers. Having watched... More

alanplastine 175cm, 1 review, 0 helpful votes

A very enjoyable show, with a feel-good factor which is guaranteed to make you leave the theatre smiling. Set at the turn of the 20th... More

mayagottlieb 161cm, 20 reviews, 1 helpful vote

After receiving many recommendations at West End Live that day, we had to see the whole show for ourselves and bought day tickets for... More

sarahmcdougall 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Going into the musical I was a little skeptical, I didn't enjoy the film much and hoped the stage show wasn't going to follow suit.... More

Lethaniel-S-C 6", 61 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Excellent show. Full of a real, old fashioned feel good factor. You need to see it with the right mind set to fully enjoy this. By... More

Showgal 5"6", 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Frankly, I don't know where they got the energy! Bouncing around the stage, twanging banjos, singing to boot. (Actually, I didn't realise... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 71 reviews, 1 helpful vote