New London Theatre
166 Drury Lane
London, WC2B 5PW
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Opened: 24 Oct 2016
Booking from: 28 May 2017
Booking until: 14 Jan 2018
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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  • braintree 155cm female 27 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 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
  • susannahrosemn 5"3 female 97 reviews 3 helpful votes
    100% total rating School Of Rock The Musical, 8th April 2017
    Such a brilliant production in the West End. I saw this show in the first week of previews and it has come on so much since that point. David Fynn has settled into the role and is able to ad-lib and add a little more pizzazz. The child cast I saw were absolutely incredible, especially the little guy that played Zach, who clearly blew everyone away. You would hardly believe that Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the score for this! Brilliantly funny, toe-tapping songs and the 2 hours 30 mins completely fly by. I took a non-theatregoer and he thought it was absolutely brilliant!
    Sat in Stalls T10
    A really great seat at the New London Theatre! I dayseated for the Saturday matinee (excellent decision as I arrived at 10am and was only third in the queue!) I received seats T9-T10, which sound far back but are an excellent deal. This seat is located in the second to rear row of the theatre, but is fairly central and offers an absolutely excellent view. Due to the nature of the theatre, a steep rake ensures those in front of you really do not block the view (I'm very short too), and there's enough legroom to be comfortable. You are also still close enough to see details and facial expressions. For this show I think it's actually better to sit further back! Also - the sound quality here is still phenomenal! Recommended.
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    View from Stalls T10
  • PDC1 6' 1" male 8 reviews 2 helpful votes
    100% total rating School Of Rock The Musical, 27th April 2017
    Almost as soon as I booked for School of Rock, I began to wonder if I had done the right thing. Was it my type of musical, whatever my type is? I need not have worried. For 2 hours 40 minutes (rather than the advertised 2 hours 30 minutes, for anyone making plans afterwards) I had a broad smile across my face. Is School of Rock the best musical ever written? No. Is it high art? No. Is it Les Miserables? No, but it isn't trying to be. Is it one of the most entertaining and life-affirming new musicals to arrive in London in recent years? Absolutely yes. Listen out for the in-joke about Memory from Cats. From now on I have a new philosophy on life: STICK IT TO THE MAN!
    Sat in Stalls I14
    Anyone more used to the classic red and gold theatres of London will probably be rather surprised by the New London Theatre. The only parts of the building which seem to have been updated since 1975 are the toilets! I don't know if the seats also date from 1975, but they are very comfortable. Row I in the stalls offers the most generous legroom I have ever experienced in the West End. Five stars seems rather mean, so if I could award 10 stars, I would. The view from seat I14 is more than acceptable for the ensemble numbers, but the two and three-handlers, of which there are perhaps half a dozen throughout the show, did feel a little one-sided. If I see School of Rock again, which I would like to, I'll try and see if funds will allow a more central seat. Perhaps Get Into London Theatre will come to my rescue!
  • bethcooper 1 review 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating School Of Rock The Musical, 1st May 2017
    I have wanted to see this musical since it was announced that it would be coming to the West End. I managed to find tickets on a whim and I was so glad I did! The children are incredible and gave me goosebumps when they played, especially when the orchestra leave their seats to prove that the children really are playing their instruments and encourage the audience to clap along. The show was very witty and had me laughing aloud throughout. An incredible show that made me want to get out of my seat and dance along!
    Sat in Circle E30
    Surprisingly fantastic view of the stage with no obstructions at all! My friend is 5" 1 and we were warned that this might cause some viewing restrictions but there were none. There was plenty of legroom and it actually felt quite spacious. You could see everything on the stage perfectly clear and you didn't feel too far away from the action which can happen when you're right at the back in other, older theatres. At the price we paid (£25 per ticket) these seats were well worth the money!!
    E30 Circle - New London Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Circle E30
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+