Half a Sixpence
When Arthur Kipps unexpectedly inherits a tidy fortune, he is propelled into a world of high society quite unlike his humble upbringing. As he grows into a man of new means, his childhood companion Ann Pornick is forced to watch as Arthur receives attention from the beautiful Helen Walsingham. Both of the women are in love with Arthur, and he soon learns that he has to make the right choice to have the life he wants.
Young actor Charlie Stemp has been wowing audiences and critics alike with his portrayal of the charming Arthur Kipps. Transferring to the Noel Coward along with the rest of the Chichester cast, Stemp is already tipped to be heading for fame, much like Tommy Steele when he debuted in the original musical. Stemp appears alongside Devon-Elise Johnson as Ann Pornick and Ian Bartholomew and Emma Williams as Chitterlow and Helen Walsingham respectively. Both recently starred in Mrs Henderson Presents at the Noel Coward.
Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh (Love Story), Half a Sixpence brings together Julian Fellowes with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the creative team behind Mary Poppins. Additional creative team includes choreography by Andrew Wright, design by Paul Brown, lighting design by Paule Constable and sound design by Mick Potter. Featuring well-known songs such as “Flash Bang Wallop”, “Money to Burn” and “Half a Sixpence”, Stiles and Drewe have expanded the musical to feature a smashing new score. Officially opening at the Noel Coward Theatre on November 17th, Half a Sixpence is booking until February 2017.