Half A SixpenceDuration 2h45

Noël Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, United Kingdom WC2N 4AA

The iconic rags-to-riches musical Half A Sixpence lights up the West End for the first time in 50 years.

Co-produced by the Chichester Festival Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh, this revival of the musical adaptation of H.G. Well’s semi-autobiographical novel ‘Kipps: The Story Of A Simple Soul’ sees the entire Chichester Festival Theatre cast transfer to the Noël Coward Theatre, including newcomers Charlie Stemp (nominated for an Olivier Award for his role) and Devon-Elise Johnson alongside the Olivier-nominated duo Ian Bartholomew and Emma Williams.

Set at the turn of the last century, Arthur Kipps, an orphan and over-worked draper’s assistant, surprisingly inherits a vast fortune. His newfound wealth propels him from rags to riches and into the realms of high society, where he is made over in a new image by the classy Helen Walsingham. But will Arthur abandon his roots - and childhood companion Ann Pornick – or will he learn that to live the right life, you need to make the right choices?

Reuniting the Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes (creator of Downton Abbey) with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the musical team behind the stage adaptation of Mary Poppins, the score features several of composer David Heneker’s original beloved songs, including “Flash Bang Wallop”, “Money To Burn” and “Half A Sixpence.”

A classic musical leant a refreshing and exuberant take, Half A Sixpence is an exciting revival not to be missed.

Cast & Creatives

Charlie Stemp, Devon-Elise Johnson, Ian Bartholomew, Emma Williams, Vivien Parry, Kimberly Blake, Nick Butcher, Gerard Carey, John Conroy, Matthew Dale, Jaye Juliette Elster, Tim Hodges, Alex Hope, Jane How, Bethany Huckle, Rebecca Jayne-Davies, Jennifer Louise Jones, Philip Marriott, Harry Morrison, Sam O'Rourke, James Paterson, Callum Train, Lauren Varnham, Annie Wensak
H.G. Wells
Adapted by
Julian Fellowes
Rachel Kavanaugh
Music by
David Heneker, George Stiles & Anthony Drewe
Lyrics by
David Heneker, George Stiles & Anthony Drewe
Cameron Mackintosh & Chichester Festival Theatre
Andrew Wright
Lighting Designer
Paule Constable
Mick Potter

Noël Coward Theatre

St Martin's Lane, London, United Kingdom WC2N 4AA
0844 482 5140 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)
Official site
Nearest tube
Leicester Square (100m)
Nearest bus
24, 29, 176

50% off parking at Q-Park Chinatown, just 3 minutes walk away or Q-Park Trafalgar.

This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Access information

How to book
Tel: 0844 482 5137 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)
Discounts are available for all disabled theatregoers and their companions.
Limited mobility
Seats with the most legroom are H5, H6, H24, H25 in the Royal Circle and A8, A22, E25 F4 and all of row AA in the Stalls.
Access description
3 steps up (lower to the right-hand side) and then double doors opening inwards. Box Office on the right. 3 steps from the foyer to back of the Royal Circle, with 2 steps between rows. 30 steps down to Stalls and 30 up to the Grand Circle from the foyer (2 steep steps between rows). 40 steps up to the Balcony (4 steep steps between rows). Steps are highlighted and have handrails on both sides. Theatre open 30 mins before performance.
Hearing impaired
Infra-red system with 15 headsets. Deposit required. Collect headsets from centre desk in foyer - reserve by calling box office.
Guide dogs policy
Guide dogs allowed inside the auditorium, or they can be looked after by theatre staff (maximum 2). Please ask when booking.
There is a ramp (gradient 30-40%, handrail on right-hand side) through the second side EXIT door on St Martin’s Court. Box M (door 68cm wide) has 2 spaces for wheelchair/scooter users, or 1 wheelchair user and a companion. Companions can also be seated in the Royal Circle. Transfer seating available to any aisle seat in Royal Circle. 2 wheelchairs and 2 scooters maximum. Wheelchairs stored in the cloakroom, scooters in the foyer. Groups should ring in advance.
Women’s off the foyer with 2 steps up inside the door. Men’s off the foyer. More at Stalls, Grand Circle and Balcony levels.
Disabled toilets
No adapted toilet, but customers are welcome to use the toilet in the Duke of York's (approx 100m). You may also be able to use the Men’s toilet which is off the foyer - staff will clear this for you.
3 licensed bars. Drinks and ice-creams can be brought into the auditorium. Pit bar 3 steps up from the back of Stalls. Stalls bar 18 steps down from foyer. Grand Circle bar 30 steps up from foyer. All have moveable seats.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens