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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.

Performance dates: 01 Sep 2017 - 02 Sep 2017

Running time: 2 hour 45 minutes (including an interval)

Age recommendation: May not be suitable for very young children

Special notice: 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.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: The Stalls are by far the best section if you want to be absorbed in this fantastic new musical, however beware of the very front Rows AA-B as you may be craning your neck and not be able to see the back of the stage that well. The best seats are in rows F-M and this is often reflected in the price, with Rows P and backwards being overhung by the circle.

The upper levels of the theatre can all offer better value for money alternatives, however the Balcony can feel quite distant and seats to the ends of rows can give quite a side on view.

Latest audience reviews

A thoroughly enjoyable, lively, energetic, funny and emotional show with a clever mixture of familiar... More

andysadler 01 Apr 2017

A thoroughly enjoyable, lively, energetic, funny and emotional show with a clever mixture of familiar songs from the Tommy Steele film of the late 1960s and brand new songs that fit so well that they sound familiar despite having been written especially for this production. When we arrived at the theatre, we discovered that two of the lead roles in our performance, (Arthur Kipps and Helen Walsingham), were being covered by the understudies. Both of them (and especially Sam O'Rourke who played Arthur) were absolutely brilliant, so you need not be disappointed if you find that Charlie Stemp and Emma Williams are not performing in your show as the cover is fantastic. The whole cast put everything into the performance and you can not help but leave with a smile on your face, though special praise has to go to Ian Bartholomew (as Chitterlow), Gerard Carey (as James Walsingham and the Wedding Photographer) and Bethany Huckle (as Flo) who are an absolute hoot throughout.

andysadler 01 Apr 2017

Half A Sixpence was the most joyous, uplifting show I can remember seeing in the West End. It was a glorious... More

doonakebab Top 100 reviewer22 Feb 2018

Half A Sixpence was the most joyous, uplifting show I can remember seeing in the West End. It was a glorious mix of the old loved songs from the Heneker/Cross musical, mixed with perfectly matched new material that I honestly felt I remembered from before. The cast were wonderfully enthusiastic and threw themselves into the beautiful and joyful choreography. Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps was the most genuinely likeable and charming leading men for many a year and it’s clear that Charlie will be a star to watch. Everything about this show made me smile for days.

doonakebab Top 100 reviewer22 Feb 2018

Very good, from start to finish the show was a delight, as a fan of tommy steel I wasn’t sure what to... More

susanclements 08 Jul 2018

Very good, from start to finish the show was a delight, as a fan of tommy steel I wasn’t sure what to expect but after the first few minuets I was gripped.

susanclements 08 Jul 2018

Amazing show that closed too early.

tiaworboys 23 Aug 2018
JLOBrien 17 Apr 2018

Half A Sixpence was the most joyous, uplifting show I can remember seeing in the West End. It was a glorious... More

doonakebab Top 100 reviewer22 Feb 2018

Half A Sixpence was the most joyous, uplifting show I can remember seeing in the West End. It was a glorious mix of the old loved songs from the Heneker/Cross musical, mixed with perfectly matched new material that I honestly felt I remembered from before. The cast were wonderfully enthusiastic and threw themselves into the beautiful and joyful choreography. Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps was the most genuinely likeable and charming leading men for many a year and it’s clear that Charlie will be a star to watch. Everything about this show made me smile for days.

doonakebab Top 100 reviewer22 Feb 2018
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