Read my review for the revived West End show Half A Sixpence here
Following rave reviews for both the show and its leading man Charlie Stemp, Cameron Mackintosh announced today that booking for the Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre production of Half A Sixpence at the Noël Coward Theatre has been extended to 22 April 2017.
The entire Chichester cast have transferred to the West End, starring newcomers Charlie Stemp (as Arthur Kipps) and Devon-Elise Johnson (as Ann Pornick) – alongside three times Olivier-nominated actor Ian Bartholomew (as Chitterlow) and three times Olivier-nominated actress Emma Williams as (Helen Walsingham).
Kipps promises himself to childhood sweetheart Ann, but then moves away from country life to the big city of Folkestone, grows up and comes into substantial amounts of money. Suddenly he’s a gentleman, leaving his job at Shalford’s drapers and his old friends behind to unwittingly mingle with the high and mighty. Feeling completely out of his depth, he turns to Helen for guidance, proposes to her in a ridiculous feat of madness and regrets the whole measly affair.
This new stage version of Half A Sixpence is a fresh adaptation, which reunites book-writer Julian Fellowes (Oscar-winning screenwriter and creator of Downton Abbey) with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The score is inspired by and features several of composer David Heneker’s exhilarating songs from the original production, including ‘Flash Bang Wallop’, ‘Money To Burn’ and ‘Half A Sixpence’.
Visit the website for more information and to book tickets.