Half a Sixpence (2016 musical)
|Half a Sixpence|
Poster for the West End production
by H. G. Wells
2016 West End
Half a Sixpence is a musical based on the 1905 novel Kipps by H. G. Wells and the original 1963 musical, with music by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and lyrics by Anthony Drewe and Heneker, featuring several of the original songs by Heneker, and book by Julian Fellowes.
This production was produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre where it premiered in July 2016 before transferring into the West End in London at the Noël Coward Theatre in October 2016.
The show closed on 2 September 2017 after three extensions to its limited run.
The original musical of Half a Sixpence, based on the novel Kipps by H. G. Wells, featured music and lyrics by David Heneker and book by Beverley Cross. The musical was originally written as a star vehicle for British pop star Tommy Steele who performed the role of Kipps originally in London in 1963, Broadway in 1965 and in the 1967 film adaptation. It was evident that the show relied on Steele as the star vehicle as he featured in twelve of the musical's fifteen songs.
Following the success with Mary Poppins, producer Cameron Mackintosh reunited the same team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe to adapt Heneker's original songs and create new material for the production, with Julian Fellowes re-writing an entirely new book. The creative team also reunites Stiles and Drewe with Fellowes after Mary Poppins and the new musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows (which also reunites director Rachel Kavanaugh, who also directed Stiles and Drewe's Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 2007).
Chichester and West End production
The musical premiered at Chichester Festival Theatre (as part of the final season of Jonathan Church as artistic director and Alan Finch as executive producer) from 14 July to 2 September 2016 as a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh. It was originally announced that Bryan Dick would star as Kipps, however he later withdrew to appear in the West End production of Hobson's Choice. It was later announced that newcomer Charlie Stemp would take over as Arthur Kipps alongside Devon-Elise Johnson as Ann Pornick, Ian Bartholomew as Chitterlow, Emma Williams as Helen Walsingham and Vivien Parry as Mrs Walsingham. The production is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, designed by Paul Brown, choreographed by Andrew Wright, orchestrations by William David Brohn, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter and video design by Luke Halls.
Following rave reviews in Chichester, the production transferred to the West End in London at the Noël Coward Theatre with previews beginning 29 October and press night on 17 November 2016. It featured the original Chichester cast and ran for ten months in the West End following three extensions to its limited run. Combined with the Chichester run, the production played around 400 performances.
Characters and cast
|Arthur Kipps||Charlie Stemp|
|Ann Pornick||Devon-Elise Johnson|
|Helen Walsingham||Emma Williams|
|Mrs Walsingham||Vivien Parry|
|Lady Punnet||Jane How|
|James Walsingham / Photographer||Gerard Carey|
|Mrs Bindo-Bott||Kimberly Blake|
|Uncle Bert||James Paterson||David Burrows|
|Head Waiter / Assistant Dance Captain||Nick Butcher|
|Shalford / Foster||Jon Conroy|
|Mrs Wace / Dance Captain||Jaye Julliet Elster|
|Mr Wace||Tim Hodges|
|Sid Pornick||Alex Hope|
|Mary||Rebecca Jayne Davies|
|Miss Ross||Jenifer Louise Jones|
|Carshot / Maxwell||Harry Morrison|
|Buggins||Sam O' Rourke|
|Aunt Susan / Lady Dacre||Annie Wensak|
|Half a Sixpence (2016 Cast Recording)|
|Soundtrack album cast recording by |
|Released||18 November 2016|
|Label||First Night Records|
On Friday 18 November 2016, the 2016 London Cast Recording was released by First Night Records on CD and iTunes digital download. It features 23 tracks and was recorded live during the final three performances in the Chichester run.
|1.||"Half a Sixpence"||2:49|
|3.||"Money To Burn / Money To Burn (Reprise)"||4:25|
|4.||"Believe In Yourself"||2:12|
|5.||"She's Too Far Above Me"||1:51|
|6.||"A Proper Gentleman"||3:34|
|7.||"Half a Sixpence (Reprise)"||2:02|
|9.||"Back the Right Horse"||2:55|
|10.||"Just a Few Little Things"||3:58|
|11.||"A Little Touch of Happiness"||3:33|
|12.||"If the Rain's Got to Fall"||4:27|
|13.||"The One Who's Run Away"||3:27|
|14.||"Pick Out a Simple Tune"||5:23|
|15.||"You Never Get Anything Right / I Know Who I Am"||3:08|
|16.||"We'll Build a Palace / I Only Want a Little House"||3:46|
|17.||"In the Middle There's Me"||2:50|
|18.||"Long Ago (Reprise)"||1:36|
|19.||"Flash, Bang, Wallop"||5:52|
|20.||"Flash, Bang, Wallop (Reprise)"||1:55|
|22.||"Simple Tune Bows"||1:27|
|23.||"Playout (Bonus Track)"||3:21|
|24.||"The Joy of the Theatre (Bonus Track)"|
Awards and nominations
|2017||BroadwayWorld UK / West End Awards||Best Revival of a Musical||Nominated|||
|Best Actor in a New Production of a Musical||Charlie Stemp||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a New Production of a Musical||Devon Elise-Johnson||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress in a New Production of a Musical||Emma Williams||Won|
|Best New Regional Production||Won|
|Whatsonstage.com Awards||Best New Musical||Nominated|||
|Best Actor in a Musical||Charlie Stemp||Won|
|Best Actress in a Musical||Devon Elise-Johnson||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor in a Musical||Ian Bartholomew||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress in a Musical||Emma Williams||Won|
|Best Direction||Rachel Kavanaugh||Nominated|
|Best Choreography||Andrew Wright||Won|
|Best Costume Design||Paul Brown||Nominated|
|Laurence Olivier Awards||Best Actor in a Musical||Charlie Stemp||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting Actor in a Musical||Ian Bartholomew||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress in a Musical||Emma Williams||Nominated|
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- "Half a Sixpence to close in the West End this September". Whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
- "Half a Sixpence (2016 London Cast Recording) by Various Artists on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
- "2016 BroadwayWorld UK / West End Awards (UK / West End)". www.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
- Bowie-Sell, Daisy. Whats On Stage Awards Nominations 2017 Whats On Stage, 1 December 2016
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