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166 Drury Lane
London, WC2B 5PW
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Opened: 24 Oct 2016
Booking from: 25 Feb 2017
Booking until: 14 Jan 2018
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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  • braintree 155cm female 25 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
  • lauraesme 4' 11" female 20 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating School Of Rock The Musical, 8th January 2017
    First time seeing this show, and it was incredible! As a person who wasn't especially vested in the soundtrack, I found that seeing the show live completely changed any original opinions I had. Even the slower songs had me fully rapt, and every single cast member had so. much. energy! David Fynn was brilliant as Dewey, never thought anyone could meet the high bar Alex Brightman set, but he was just as perfect for the role!
    Sat in Stalls B3
    View was great, could see all action further upstage despite having such a close seat to the stage. Minor obstruction during a few classroom scenes where desks would block your sightline, but most of the action would take place front and centre during these scenes to accommodate for this fact + this was perfectly viewable. I believe the seats in this area aren't recommended if you're under 5' 4" (?), but being only 4' 11", I still found the show enjoyable from this seat and didn't find that I was particularly craning my neck to see.
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    View from Stalls B3
  • susannahrosemn 5"3 female 83 reviews 2 helpful votes
    100% total rating School Of Rock The Musical, 16th November 2016
    An absolutely exceptional show - full of pure joy and carrying a very pertinent message about the importance of Arts for young people. David Fynn carries the show well as down-and-out wannabe rockstar Dewey Finn; he doesn't attempt to impersonate Jack Black and instead puts his own, dryer comedic spin on the part. Florence Andrews provides excellent support as uptight headmistress Ms Mullins, and "Where Did the Rock Go?" was a particular highlight of the evening. But it's the children who are the real stars of the show - it's such a joy to see them rock out on stage as the orchestra stand and watch to prove they are the ones playing. Surely Andrew Lloyd Webber's greatest hit for years. LOVED it and would recommend to anyone.
    Sat in Stalls T20
    Due to the changes made in the New London Theatre for School of Rock, this seat is slap-bang centre of the stage, causing you to get a full, panoramic view of the entire auditorium. It is very slightly distant, but you will not miss any action from this seat. There is a steep rake which allows you to see well above any heads in front and enough legroom to pop your bag in front - although you will have to stand if anyone wants to pass. A good seat, but would personally prefer to sit a little bit closer!
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  • natlecoq 160cm female 21 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating School Of Rock The Musical, 17th December 2016
    School of Rock is no surprise to you if you've seen the movie with Jack Black. That shouldn't stop you from trying it though. First, this is a great story on how music can bring so much in people's lives, especially in young kids. Second, seeing this cast playing on stage makes you smile : older actors seems to have as much fun as the young ones, songs are punchy and seeing those kids playing music (yep, they're playing themselves!) is great! Andrew Lloyd Webber brought this great school in London and he was damn right to do so!
    Sat in Stalls I36
    This seat is below two levels so there's a large passage in front of this row. I definitely recommend this row for tall people or persons with long legs. ;) The seat is also central so I had a great view of the stage. Didn't miss anything of the show! Wouldn't hesitate to pick this seat once again if I ever come back at the New London.
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    View from Stalls I36
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.
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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.