New London Theatre
166 Drury Lane
London, WC2B 5PW
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Opened: 24 Oct 2016
Booking from: 29 Mar 2017
Booking until: 14 Jan 2018
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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  • braintree 155cm female 27 reviews 4 helpful votes
    100% total rating School Of Rock The Musical, 9th November 2016
    I had some concerns about seeing School of Rock; I hadn’t seen the film though as The Lion King, Aladdin, Spamalot, the upcoming American in Paris are amongst many screen to stage adaptations that have worked it wasn’t a valid concern, I was anxious about all the children that would be on stage but again Billy Elliott and Matilda are both shows that have excellent child actors plus America had made a shocking decision and it was going to take a lot to cheer me up. School of Rock did just that, the opening (in contrast) to Lion King feels very cold. We see a character we do not yet know performing with a band we do not care about and School of Rock doesn’t really get going until Dewey Finn (David Flynn) finds himself teaching in posh school pretending to be his teacher friend Ned Schneebly (Oliver Jackson) who he owes rent and Schneebly’s girlfriend (Preeya Kalidas, most well-known for Eastenders and Bend It Like Beckham musical) Patty isn’t willing to tolerate Dewey’s slacking any longer. This is a fantastic adaptation by Julian Fellowes more than makes up for the slow start by keeping up the energy and not expecting its audience to know the film or even much of the story. Fellowes has also created a show that I hope lots of young people will perform in clubs and schools and really get behind. Downton Abbey this isn’t! The key factor is Andrew Lloyd Webber, one of British musicals most famous composers, whilst there have been duds in recent years the Lord seems to have found his strength in returning to his rock roots and also making the decision to open School of Rock in New York, rather than London and it is a decision that has paid off. His partnership with lyricist Glenn Slater is a perfect match, especially as Slater has worked with Disney composer Alan Menken. The stand out tracks were Florence Andrews as Rosalie Mullins singing Where Did The Rock Go feels very Jesus Christ Superstar or even Phantom of the Opera (as well as some The Queen of the Night's Aria thrown in the first act) but the real highlight is when Flynn and the talented cast of children (who sing and play their own instruments) just rock out and look like they are having an excellent time. It feels, as my friend said, energetic and life affirming. Stick It to Man is a track I want to stomp around and sing in my bedroom. It is a great antidote to what a grim year 2016 has been. I will be amazed in Flynn isn’t nominated for Best Musical Actor this year as it is an energetic, exhausting and stunning performance and whilst I wish him a great future in School of Rock I also hope to see him in other shows as this is a talent the London stage deserves.
    Sat in Stalls S31
    This is one of the great views despite being situated at the rear. You are centre and nothing is missed, you can even see the orchestra in the top corner. The stage is no longer in the round and my intial doubts that this was a suitable musical space were soon gone. The sound is fantastic, I didn't find myself fidgeting and it was a comfortable viewing.
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    View from Stalls S31
  • fifilou 5"7 female 75 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating School Of Rock The Musical, 5th March 2017
    I love this show! Its so upbeat and feel good and the talent on stage is just ridiculous. The music is infectious and you coming away singing the songs. There is nothing I can say I don't enjoy about the show! I've seen main casts and understudies for this show and everyone of them is just as good as the next! Everyone should see this whether young or old its a family show for sure!
    Sat in Stalls A24
    This seat was nearly 5 stars all round. I am yet to find a seat in the New London theatre is not comfortable! They are spacious and have good size arm rest! The legroom this seat offers is vast as it is right in front of the stage. I am 5'7 and I can stretch my legs out straight and not hit the stage. This seat as I say is right next to the stage so you do have to look up at all times. The only reason to drop it from 5 star to 4 for the view is the placement of the desks and set at times means you cant see what is happening in the centre or at the back of the stage. These moments are few and far between though for this seat.
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    View from Stalls A24
  • JakeL 169cm male 5 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating School Of Rock The Musical, 12th March 2017
    Not a show that you would expect from Andrew Lloyd Webber. However, it is fantastic. The music is different, but nice. The cast are fantastic, especially as the kids play the instruments live on stage. David Finn was outstanding as Dewey. It is as if you are watching the film, and Jack Black, live on stage. Myself and a friend both agreed that the show was worth it just for the final song. I would definitely go again, and would definitely try to get this (or similar) seat. Be prepared though, the programme and souvenirs are extremely expensive.
    Sat in Circle A20
    You can see the whole stage from this seat, as long as you lean forward and back. The safety bar directly in front is mainly made of wire meshing which helps with your view. Saying that though, as the bar is in front of you, it does limit the legroom making it fairly uncomfortable if you are similar to me. This view however is a side view. Overall, for £25 it is a brilliant seat.
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    View from Circle A20
  • fifilou 5"7 female 75 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating School Of Rock The Musical, 29th January 2017
    An amazing show with incredible music and incredibly talented performers. From start to finish this show is a lot of fun and the music is really catchy! Its a family show that would suit any age, from young to old! The set works so well with panels sliding in and out from scene to scene. A lot of the action is central if you where looking for other seats.
    Sat in Stalls A9
    I love sitting front row at this show as the kids really interact with you. The seat offers loads of leg room and they're really comfortable (as are all the seats I've sat in, in this theatre)! The view is great and I do think that the set restricts the view less on this side of the theatre.
    A9 Stalls - New London Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls A9
The modern layout of the New London Theatre means that the Stalls account for the vast majority of seating and allow good views throughout. If you’re looking for a bargain, then the low stage can mean that seats right at the front of the Stalls in rows A and AA can offer a very good value for money view. If money is no object however, the centre of the Stalls between rows D to O.

The Circle’s best seats are once again located in the centre, with seats at the very sides and front being obstructed by small safety rails. If you do not mind craning your head slightly however, they can also provide good value for money.
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Following a hugely popular run on Broadway, the multi-Tony Award nominated School of Rock – The Musical transferred to the New London Theatre in London’s West End, with previews starting on the 20th October 2016.

Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same name, School of Rock – The Musical has had 14 brand new songs written by legendary West End composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, with book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and lyrics by Glenn Slater, known for his work as lyricist on Disney’s Tangled.

School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star whose dreams have continued long after his music career has failed to take off, who decides to earn some extra cash by posing as his friend Ned Schneebly in order to work as a supply teacher at a high class preparatory school. Not content with the regular curriculum, Dewey sets out to turn the group of bookish straight-A pupils into guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, drum-beating mid-blowing rock band.

With a local Battle of the Bands competition on the horizon, Dewey has the chance to live out his dreams through the new generation of young rock starts, but will he be able to get them to there without their parents or the school’s uptight headmistress, Rosalie, finding out?

David Fynn (The Inbetweeners, Sherlock and Game of Thrones) takes the lead role of Dewey, originally made famous by Jack Black, while Florence Andrews (Miss Atomic Bomb, A Little Night Music) plays Rosalie Mullins. The cast also features Oliver Jackson as Ned Schneebly and Preeya Kalidas as Patty Di Marco.

Featuring all the songs from the original movies, as well as over a dozen brilliant new Andrew Lloyd Webber additions, this musical delivers high octane guitar riffs and moving romance in equal measures. With Jack Black himself saying how “I laughed. I cried. I rocked!”, this is one West End musical not to be missed.

School of Rock – The Musical officially opened on 14th November 2016, with preview performances having began on 24th October 2016.
School of Rock – The Musical truly is a must see for any fans of the original, with the spectacular music and side splitting humour of the original being adapted and extended masterfully for the stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

If you’re not a big rock fan – don’t worry, there is far more to The School of Rock than merely guitars and drums. It’s a musical about being young, breaking the rules and falling in love.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 5+