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Closed September 2, 2017

The whole thing is such a pleasure and an 'alf you simply don't want it to end.

The Telegraph

Why See Half a Sixpence?

Flash! bang! Wallop! - closing september 2nd!

Fresh from becoming the fastest selling show in the Chichester Festival Theatre's history, this brand new adaptation of the classic musical is heading to London this Winter. Featuring an entirely re-written book from Julian Fellowes and music from Stiles and Drewe, this charming production won raves for its dazzling choreography, exuberant score and thoroughly engaging leading man (newcomer Charlie Stemp). So prepare to follow the fortunes of Arthur Kipps once more and don't worry, he's still got his banjo!

Based on the autobiographical novel by HG Wells recalling his early days as an overworked apprentice to a draper in Southsea at the turn of the 19th century, Half a Sixpence moves the action to Folkstone where the genial Arthur Kipps dreams of a more satisfying life.

A lifelong orphan, Kipps is more than surprised when he suddenly inherits a massive fortune, changing his life in an instant. No longer sure of his life or his choices, Kipps breaks into high society in search of a place to belong, finding himself torn between the advice of lifelong friend and childhood sweetheart Ann, and the advances of the classy society girl Helen Walsingham. Which will he choose? And does life come down to just making the 'right' choices.

Fans of the 1963 musical will love this new iteration, which retains many of David Heneker and Beverly Cross' unforgettable songs, and audiences are sure to be swept away by this good old-fashioned seaside love story!

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Previews from: 29 October 2016

Opening night: 17 November 2016

Run time

Two hours and 45 minutes with one interval

Cast and Creative


Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps
Devon-Elise Johnson as Ann Pornick
Ian Bartholomew as Chitterlow
Emma Williams as Helen Walsingham
Vivien Parry as Mrs Walsingham
Gerard Carey as James Walsingham
John Conroy as Mr Shalford
Alex Hope as Sydney
Jane How as Lady Punnet
Bethany Huckle as Flo
Sam O'Rourke as Buggins
David Burrows as Uncle Bert
Callum Train as Pierce
Annie Wensak as Aunt Susan
Kimberly Blake as Mrs Bindo-Botting
Matthew Dale as Hayes
Jaye Juliette Elster as Mrs Wace
Tim Hodges as Mr Wace
Rebecca Jayne Davies as Mary
Harry Morrison as Carshot/Maxwell
Jennifer Louise Jones as Miss Ross
Lauren Varnham as Mildred
Annie Wensak as Aunt Susan/Lady Dacre

Philip Marriott, Ross Lee Fowkes, Samantha Hull, Nick Butcher, David Birch, Dawn Williams


Book by Julian Fellowes
Based on the novel by H.G Wells
New music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh
Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh
Design by Paul Brown
Choreography by Andrew Wright
Orchestrations by William David Brohn
Musical supervision from Stephen Brooker


What's On Stage Awards 2017

Best Actor in a Musical - Charlie Stemp
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical - Emma Williams
Best Choreography

2017 Olivier Award Nominations 2017

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical - Ian Bartholomew
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical - Emma Williams
Best Actor in a Musical - Charlie Stemp

What we thought

FABULOUS escapist Fun

Charlie Stemp is an athletic lead, whose charisma is magnetic as he takes 'Artie' from poor shop boy to flashy gentleman with an identity crisis.

Charlie Stemp's dazzling performance drives this invigorating rework of the classic Tommy Steele vehicle to new heights. They really don't make 'em like this anymore, pure bliss of a musical, two hours of escapism, joy, dancing and of course, ba

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Kitty McCarron

Kitty McCarron

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1 reviews, average rating: (4.5 Stars)

4.5 star rating

Annie: “Amazing!”

We travelled down to London just f this show and it wa really worth every... more

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