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New London Theatre
166 Drury Lane
London, WC2B 5PW
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Opened: 24 Oct 2016
Booking from: 24 Jul 2017
Booking until: 14 Jan 2018
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • braintree 155cm female 32 reviews 5 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 S47
    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 S47
  • gdeacon95 6'1 male 52 reviews 6 helpful votes
    100% total rating School Of Rock The Musical, 12th July 2017
    If I'm honest, the show itself probably gets 4 stars from me - I love the original film but for me this stage adaption suffers from pacing issues for the first half an hour, with scenes feeling very rushed and bitty. It isn't till ALW's brilliant song ' You're In The Band' that the show settles and hits its stride. And that is where the 5th star is earned - the kids. Because boy are they sickeningly talented and full of energy. Unsurprisingly they absolutely steal the show (as they should) and you leave the theatre on a high! All the performances were excellent, the music sounded brilliant, and the stage was very well used.
    Sat in Circle C16
    Don't let the 'restricted view' put you off! The view is great here, not too side-on and everything in sightline, and only the very front stage left is obstructed by the railing which makes absolutely no difference as nothing ever happens here. And thanks to the theatre design you feel close to the action. For £25, therefore, it is an absolute bargain! The seat is also fairly comfy, and legroom isn't too bad at all for a 6'1 person.
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    View from Circle C16
  • TheatreCrazyMum 5'3" female 13 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating School Of Rock The Musical, 12th July 2017
    The show is true to the story in the film but told with great music and acting. The stars are all the kids who are on stage most of the show and what talent in the team we saw. This is backed by a great adult cast. The show has good songs, a lovely heart-warming story and performed with high energy. The cast really seemed to all be enjoying themselves too! Well worth seeing and you will leave feeling happy!
    Sat in Stalls P39
    Great seats in the centre of the stalls, well raked and with a perfect view of the whole stage. I thought they would be too far back - but they are not. Really enjoyed the show from them.
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    View from Stalls P39
  • Chen 5"6 female 24 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating School Of Rock The Musical, 29th May 2017
    I was a bit worried about seeing SOR because I love the film and when they make films into musicals they can go either way. I think what makes this so successful in transferring though, is Stephen Leask. What a performer he is. He has so much energy and enthusiasm that actually manages to overshadow the energy of a stage full of kids! Keeping the role very close to Jack Black's portrayal of it, he has fantastic comic timing and clearly has a good working relationship with the children. The children we saw are insanely talented and spend every minute on stage loving it, which make the audience love it too.
    Sat in Stalls L60
    When I first sat down, I thought the view would be bad as you're quite on the side, but in this particular production, you can see everything and it's actually pretty great. Yes it's side on, but it doesn't take anything away from it at all, especially when I only paid £20 for the ticket. I think the fact that it's raised probably helps with this.
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    View from Stalls L60
SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL SEATING PLAN
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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STORY
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.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 5+
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