This new stage version of HALF A SIXPENCE, the musical adaptation of H.G. Wells’s novel Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul, is a completely fresh adaptation which reunites us with book-writer Julian Fellowes (Oscar-winning screenwriter and creator of Downton Abbey) who we worked with on the Disney/Cameron Mackintosh stage adaptation of Mary Poppins! 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.
Half A Sixpence opened to 5 star reviews at Chichester Festival Theatre in July 2016 before transferring to London’s Noël Coward Theatre in October 2016. It ran until the 2nd September 2017.
***** ‘so warm you feel you’re basking by the seaside…pure gold’ Daily Telegraph
***** ‘ Flash, bang, wallop, what a show! welcome to the undoubted hit of the summer, possibly the year.’ Evening Standard
***** ‘this is a triumph…a masterpiece’ i newspaper
***** ‘it feels like the end of a hosepipe ban on happiness’ The Arts Desk
**** Half a Sixpence ‘comes up as bright and shiny as a new penny’ The Times
Arthur Kipps, an orphan and over-worked draper’s assistant at the turn of the last century, unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society. His childhood companion, Ann Pornick, watches with dismay as Arthur is made over in a new image by the beautiful and classy Helen Walsingham. Both young women undoubtedly love Arthur – but which of them should he listen to? With the help of his friends, Arthur learns that if you want to have the chance of living the right life, you need to make the right choices.