Why See School of Rock?
Are you ready to rock?
After schooling Broadway with his newest hit Andrew Lloyd Webber returns to the West End with School of Rock. Adapted from the Jack Black movie of the same name, School of Rock is set to feature his bumbling lead character Dewey Finn, the substitute teacher with rock stardom on his mind. When his own efforts to take on the world fail, he turns to his new class, who happen to be more than a little handy when it comes to musical instruments!
This new production mixes songs from the movie with brand new songs by the iconic composer and lyricist Glenn Slater, oh, and the book comes from Julian Fellowes, the writer of a "relatively unknown" TV show called Downtown Abbey. Nope, we've never heard of it either....
WHAT IS SCHOOL OF ROCK ABOUT?
Rock star wannabe Dewey Finn is down on his luck. He's just been kicked out of own band No Vacancy for his over enthusiastic on-stage antics, and his landlord is threatening conviction unless he coughs up his overdue rent. Desperate for money, he disguises himself as a substitute music teacher to land a position at a well-to-do prep school.
When he meets his new class, a bunch of smart-talking kids who happen to be more than a little handy when it comes to musical instruments, an idea begins to form. A local Battle of the Bands competition is looming, featuring none other than No Vacancy, and Dewey sees a chance for both revenge and a proper shot at rock stardom!
Opening night: 24 June 2018
Recommended for ages eight and older. Please be advised that children under the age of four will not be permitted into the theatre, and every person who enters the theatre will require their own ticket.
Two hours and 30 minutes with one interval
Cast and Creative
Craig Gallivan as Dewey Finn
Noel Sullivan as Dewey Finn (from August 19)
Laura Tebbutt as Rosalie Mullins
Alan Pearson as Ned Schneebly
Mark Anderson as Ned Schneebly (from October 8)
Rebecca LaChance as Patty Di Marco
Jake Sharp as alternate Dewey Finn
Nick Butcher as Doug/Mr. Spencer
Martina Isibor as Mrs. Turner
Jessica Louise Parkinson as Mrs Hathaway
Andy Rees as Mr. Mooneyham/Snake
John Addison as Theo
Rob Falconer as Stanley/Mr. Williams
James Smoker as Gabe/Mr. Ward
Claudia Kariuki as Ms. Sheinkopf
Richard Morse as Drummer/Police Officer
Hannah Stratton as Mrs. Bingham
Alex Tomkins as Mr. Wagner/Billy's Dad/Jeff
Lily Jean Jackson, Tia Belle Keilty, Evie Lawly, Casper Lloyd, Ikechukwudi Machie, Jack Manders, Chloe Marler, Naniyah Owusu, Savannah Pages, Ellie May Pavitt, Teni Taiwo, Will Tarpey, Charlotte Breen, Sofia Wilkinson Hill, William Harvey, Nancy Hartley-Blake, Tommy Featherstone, Millie-Jayne Evans, Vaughn Arthur Endraca, Todd Dachtler, Daniel Chang, Tallulah Byrne, Delilah Bennett-Cardy, Maxwell Apple, Sebastian Adams-Eaton, Calypso Bailey, Jasper Bew, Kayla Black, Amelie Green, Nayan Gupta, Noah Gupta-Wright, Jakub Kopec, Amos Maryland, Shani Roberts, Sara Sheen, Stanley Voss
Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Book by Julian Fellowes
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Directed by Laurence Connor,
Choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter
Scenic and Costume Design by Anna Louizos
Lighting Design by Natasha Katz
Sound Design by Mick Potter
Music Supervision by Ethan Popp.
What's On Stage Awards 2017
Olivier Award 2017
Outstanding Achievement in Music
What we thought
Loud FAMILY fun
Andrew Lloyd Webber has rediscovered his mojo in this delightful rock romp.
After the freefall that was Stephen Ward and the general groan that met the Cats revival last summer, one can be forgiven for greeting the news of this adaptation with a little schadenfreude, but even the most begrudging observer has to admitRead full review
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