Half a Sixpence

Chichester Festival Theatre’s dazzling adaptation of beloved musical Half a Sixpence transfers to London’s Noel Coward Theatre for a run beginning November 17th. Featuring a sumptuous score that includes “Flash Bang Wallop”, “Money to Burn” and “Half a Sixpence” amongst many new songs, the musical stars up-and-comer Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps, the orphaned draper’s assistant who comes into a rather large amount of money. Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh with choreography by Andrew Wright, this spectacular stage adaptation opens in London’s West End this winter!
Booking from 29 October 2016 until 11 February 2017

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Formerly known as the Albery Theatre, the Noël Coward Theatre opened in 1903 with a production of Rosemary, starring actor Chales Wyndham and his wife, Mary More.

The theatres first three decades saw many dramatic texts performed at the theatre, including the premier of Noël Coward’s first play, I’ll Leave It To You (1920). Acting great John Gielgud performed in many plays at the venue, including Richard of Bordeaux (1933), Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. The theatre was largely considered to be the venue that best showcased Gielgud’s career.

During the World War II period (1939-45) many theatres were damaged by bomb blasts from the Blitz and were forced to close. Luckily the Noël Coward was safe, however it did act as a refuge for both the Old Vic and Sadler’s Wells theatre companies, whose own venues were damaged.

Post war, the theatre continued to produce plays rather than musicals up until 1960 when Lionel Bart’s premiered Oliver! at the theatre. Olivier!, a retelling of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist was one of the most successful musicals of the 20th century and ran at the Noël Coward for 2,618 performances. The show has been revived on numerous occasions both on the West End and Broadway.

In the 1970s both The National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company presented well received seasons at the venue. The National’s season largely starred Laurence Olivier and Judi Dench performed for the RSC.

In the 1980’s the theatre saw continued success as Children of a Lesser God, which debuted at the Noel Coward in 1981, won a much coveted Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play.

The 1990’s saw a number of Almedia transfers, including Phèdre, Vassa, Britannicus and Plenty. The 21st century began by towing the expected play text line, with productions such as Endgame (2004) a RSC season of plays and Blackbird (2006) until Avenue Q came along in 2006, running at the theatre for almost 3 years.

Since Avenue Q, the theatre has presented a mixture of plays and musicals, with Calendar Girls (2009), Million Dollar Quartet (2011) and Hay Fever (2012).

The theatre has been taken over by a season of five plays by the Michael Grandage Company, running from December 2012 to February 2014. The season includes Privates on Parade, Peter and Alice starring Judi Dench, The Cripple of Inishmaan starring Daniel Radcliffe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream starring David Walliams and Sheridan Smith and finally, Henry V starring Jude Law.

The Full Monty opened for a brief period in February 2014, shortly followed by Hampstead Theatre transfer, Good People starring Imelda Staunton.

Shakespeare in Love made its world debut at the Noel Coward in June 2014, closing in 2015. The show was followed by a transfer of the RSC's Death of a Salesman and a production of magic show Impossible!

The end of 2015 see's productions of Photograph 51, starring Nicole Kidman, and A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Broadbent.

Past Shows

Impossible logo small
(closed 27 Aug 2016)
Mrs Henderson Presents logo small
Mrs Henderson Presents
(closed 18 Jun 2016)
A Christmas Carol Logo Small
A Christmas Carol
(closed 30 Jan 2016)

Photograph 51
(closed 21 Nov 2015)
Impossible small image
(closed 29 Aug 2015)
Death of a Salesman small image
Death of a Salesman
(closed 18 Jul 2015)

Shakespeare in Love small image
Shakespeare In Love
(closed 18 Apr 2015)
Good People
(closed 14 Jun 2014)
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The Full Monty
(closed 14 Jun 2014)

Henry V
Henry V
(closed 15 Feb 2014)
A Midsummer Nights Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream
(closed 13 Nov 2013)
The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Cripple of Inishmaan
(closed 31 Aug 2013)