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HALF A SIXPENCE – West End

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

The musical Half a Sixpence bounds into the West End from Chichester, newly adapted by Julian Fellowes, with a spring in its step and an infectious grin. The story of Arthur Kipps, a lowly haberdashers’ assistant who comes into money but ultimately questions what happiness it brings, is brought to life in a visually beautiful production directed by Rachel Kavanaugh.

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HALF A SIXPENCE – West End

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It was no surprise to discover that Half A Sixpence would be transferring into the West End – its run at Chichester Festival Theatre was a huge success and with Cameron Mackintosh on producing duties, it was always going to be a case of when rather than if. It’s a slow-burner of a show, the second act really is the business thanks to Andrew Wright’s choreography.

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What are the Top 15 hottest tickets on the site right NOW?

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we’re looking backwards and forwards for our final list today. These are our current Top 15 Ticket Recommendations – broken down into five musicals, five plays and five ‘star attractions’ (in other words, there are famous faces in the cast) – based on both best-sellers over the past month as well as our predictions on the hottest of upcoming openings…

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NEWS: UK Theatre Awards nominations announced, Ian McKellen recognised for Outstanding Contribution

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UK Theatre has announced the nominations for the UK Theatre Awards 2016, which celebrate the breadth and depth of outstanding talent and achievement in theatre and the performing arts throughout the United Kingdom, on and off stage. Show Boat, which recently finished its West End run, receives the most nominations for a production (four), while fellow Sheffield Theatres’ musical Flowers for …

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NEWS: Half a Sixpence transfers to West End, Opens 17 Nov at Noel Coward

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Following rave reviews and a record-breaking run in Chichester, Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce the West End transfer of the critically acclaimed hit musical HALF A SIXPENCE – which he co-produced with Chichester Festival Theatre – introducing the sensational new star Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps.

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Olympic Golds for Half a Sixpence ensemble?

In Dance, Features, Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Touring by Andrew WrightLeave a Comment

The wonderful (fellow Mate) Libby Purves herself had a Sixpence related question, and I quote: “I just want to know IN DETAIL how Andrew Wright gets those actors to do such astonishing perilous Olympicish THINGS. They fly through the air! They skid! They throw one another! End of Sixpence is like a pub brawl between seraphim and gods”!

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HALF A SIXPENCE – Chichester

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This 1963 show – based loosely on HG Wells’ semi-autobiographical KIPPS – was originally a vehicle for Tommy Steele. And there were moments, as curly-haired young Charlie Stemp capered, frolicked, twirled, grinned with a whole keyboard of gleaming teeth and strummed a manic banjo, when I thought “Help! Some bastard has gone and cloned Tommy Steele. Where will this end?”.

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NEWS: Emma Williams and Ian Bartholomew reunite for Half a Sixpence, Full cast

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Chichester Festival Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of HALF A SIXPENCE will introduce two young actors – Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps (replacing Bryan Dick*) and Devon-Elise Johnson as Ann Pornick – alongside three times Olivier-nominated actor Ian Bartholomew as Chitterlow, three times Olivier-nominated actress Emma Williams as Helen Walsingham, and Vivien Parry as Mrs Walsingham.