New London Theatre
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London, WC2B 5PW
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Opened: 24 Oct 2016
Booking from: 23 Sep 2017
Booking until: 13 Jan 2019
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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  • braintree 155cm female 33 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
  • susannahrosemn 5"3 female 107 reviews 3 helpful votes
    100% total rating School Of Rock The Musical, 21st September 2017
    It's very unusual for me to see any West End show more than once, but this is the third time I have seen School of Rock, and it just gets better every time. I think it helps that the casts rotate, so you are always seeing fresh talent on stage. For this particular performance, we saw Joel Montague (the understudy) as Dewey Finn, and he was simply awesome! I last saw him in Funny Girl, and it's astounding how much of a vocal chameleon he is. He brought something very different to the role from David Flynn, and I thoroughly enjoyed the performance as a whole. It's SO feel good and carries a brilliant message about the importance of music education. We also saw Freddy (the drummer) played by Annabel Gracey and she was AWESOME.
    Sat in Stalls D50
    A brilliant seat in the front section of the Stalls! It's lower down, so you are slightly looking up at the stage, but this really isn't a problem. You are very close to the stage so get completely swept up in the atmosphere - the seat is on the left-hand side of the auditorium when facing the stage, so you don't get a central view, but this doesn't matter in the slightest. Legroom is average, I'm 5'3" and could definitely have done with more. Comfort is fine - be aware that these seats are narrower than those toward the rear of the Stalls. Would definitely sit here again - although for this show (School of Rock), pieces of set can sometimes restrict your view.
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  • hannahscregg 7 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating School Of Rock The Musical, 24th August 2017
    The talent and energy those kids have is INSANE, we had the best afternoon reliving our school music lessons. The performances from the adults (particularly those playing Dewey Finn and Rosalie Mullins) were brilliant too, everybody smashed it! This show has a couple of unique elements which I particularly enjoyed; firstly the fact that they credited all the performers with main roles by name at the curtain call, and secondly, the fact that you're allowed to take photographs at the end of the show... Does not ruin the enjoyment and a clever marketing tool!
    Sat in Circle D56
    Very good view of the whole stage, and with this being a wide rather than a high auditorium (like an amphitheatre), even being towards the back of the circle you did not feel too far away from the action. You could not see finer details like you would be able to if you were up close, but excellent for the price and for a loud show like this one! Comfort was not a problem at all for me, and legroom was good even if you did have to stand up if people wanted to get past.
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  • alanmoore 15 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating School Of Rock The Musical, 7th September 2017
    School of Rock is just amazing - I saw children who had recently joined the cast and you wouldn't know it was their early show days! Overall, the set is clever with a good use of a revolving stage. Our 'Dewey' was brilliant in his role (Gary) and led the show so well! I would definitely say go and see SoR! (They allow photos at the end of the show too!)
    Sat in Stalls B40
    This is the second row of the Stalls - front row is sold are restricted view due to the height of the stage. This seat is comfy and you have a great up close view of the action on stage. Due to the height of the stage, you have no issue with visibility from Row B, you don't feel you're looking up all of the time either. For School of Rock, I'd always recommend being as close as possible to add to the enjoyment!
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    View from Stalls B40
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+