Half a Sixpence

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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!
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Booking until 22 April 2017

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History

Originally dubbed the New Theatre, the venue was built by Sir Charles Wyndham as a pair with Wyndham's Theatre and first opened in 1903, with a production of Rosemary starring Charles Wyndham and his wife, Mary Moore. Early years saw the theatre host a range of dramatic texts, including Coward's first play I'll Leave it to You (1920) and George Bernard Shaw's St. Joan (1924).

Throughout the 1930's John Gielgud's prolific career was launched at the New Theatre, starring in and directing plays including Richard of Bordeaux (1933) and Romeo and Juliet. During the Second World War, surrounding theatres were affected by the Blitz, with the Old Vic and Sadler's Wells in-house companies seeking refuge at the New Theatre, making it their home until the 1950's.

One of the theatre's most successful productions was Lionel Bart's musical Oliver! (1960), which played for an impressive 2,618 performances. Further notable productions included London Assurance (1972), starring Judi Dench, the Olivier Award-winning Children of a Lesser God (1981) and A Month in the Country (1994), starring Helen Mirren and John Hurt.

During the 2000's, a range of productions passed through the theatre, including Endgame (2004), starring Michael Gambon and Lee Evans, Suddenly Last Summer (2004), starring Diana Rigg and an Indian production of Twelfth Night, which played to packed-out audiences, before the Royal Shakespeare Company moved in with their season, including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, King Lear and Hecuba (2004-2005), starring Vanessa Redgrave.

After a three-month dark period, the theatre was bought by Delfont Mackintosh, opening with flop Ducktastic! (2005). Following productions featured Harold Pinter's Celebration (2005), A Christmas Carol (2005), starring Patrick Stewart and Blackbird (2006). In 2006, award-winning Broadway musical Avenue Q transferred to the theatre, playing for three years before transferring to the Gielgud Theatre.

Following the departure of Avenue Q, the theatre hosted Calendar Girls (2009-2010), Enron (2010), Deathtrap (2010-2011), starring Simon Russell Beale, Million Dollar Quartet (2011-2012), Noel Coward's Hay Fever (2012), starring Olivia Colman, Gatz (2012), the RSC's Julius Caesar (2012), Much Ado About Nothing (2012), starring Meera Syal and a Russian-language Uncle Vanya (2012).

Director Michael Grandage brought his multi-award winning season to the Noel Coward Theatre, featuring stellar productions including Privates on Parade (2012-2013), starring Simon Russell Beale, Peter and Alice (2013), starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw, Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan (2013), starring Daniel Radcliffe, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2013), starring Sheridan Smith and David Walliams and Shakespeare's Henry V (2013-2014), starring Jude Law.

After this hugely acclaimed season, popular musical The Full Monty (2014) sashayed into the venue, followed by Imelda Staunton in Good People (2014) and a year-long run of Tom Stoppard's Shakespeare in Love (2014-2015), an RSC transfer of Death of a Salesman (2015), starring Anthony Sher, and magic show Impossible (2015), which wowed audiences with its mind-blowing tricks.

Michael Grandage returned to the venue in 2015 with Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51, starring Nicole Kidman. Kidman went on to win multiple awards for her role as Rosalind Franklin, who helped to discover the double helix in DNA. Awards included the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress, the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actress in a Play and the play earned the WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Play.

Productions since have included Dickens' A Christmas Carol (2015-2016), starring Jim Broadbent, new British musical Mrs Henderson Presents (2016), starring Tracie Bennett, Emma Williams and Ian Bartholomew and the return of magic show Impossible (2016). The year rounds off with a Chichester Festival Theatre transfer of Cameron Mackintosh's critically-acclaimed revival of Half a Sixpence, starring newcomer Charlie Stemp.

Past Shows

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

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

 
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Shakespeare In Love
(closed 18 Apr 2015)
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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)