***Final Extension - 2 September 2017***

Following a stunningly successful run in Chichester, Cameron Mackintosh’s hit musical Half A Sixpence is playing at the Noël Coward theatre on London’s West End.

Adapted from H.G. Wells’ novel, “Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul,” the musical is written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), with music composed by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, a top musical team put together by Mackintosh and previously responsible for the stage adaptation of Disney’s Mary Poppins. The exuberant score features several of David Heneker’s songs from the original production which he co-wrote with Beverley Cross, including ‘Flash Band Wallop’, ‘Money To Burn’ and, of course, ‘Half A Sixpence.’

Arthur Kipps is an over-worked orphan, working as a draper’s assistant in Folkestone at the turn of the last century. Kipps dreams of a better and more fulfilling world, but when he unexpectedly inherits a fortune, it turns his life upside down. Navigating his new identity does not come without challenges, and watching these conflicts are childhood friend Ann Pornick and the classy Helen Walsingham. Both of these women love Kipp, but who should he listen to?

As well as a profound observation on how the choices one makes can affect their life, Half A Sixpence is a joyous, exhilarating production that will have audiences on their feet every night.

Director Rachel Kavanaugh’s previous work at Chichester includes The Music Man (2008), Love Story (2010) and more recently Single Spies (2016).

★★★★★ 'The undoubted hit of the summer, perhaps even the year' - Evening Standard

★★★★★ 'So warm you feel you’re basking by the seaside. Pure gold. Bravo!' - Daily Telegraph 

★★★★ 'High-kicking, heel-clicking, cartwheel-turning – sheer exhilaration' - The Times

★★★★ 'Flash, bang, wallop what a musical!' - Daily Mail 

Click here to read our interview with Olivier Award Winner Anthony Drewe, who co-wrote with George Stiles the new songs. 

Click here to read our review!


2 hours 45 minutes

Good To Know

Cast Holidays

Charlie Stemp will not be performing on the following dates, inclusive:

Charlie Stemp will not be performing on the following dates, inclusive:

20th July 2017 (matinee)
26th July 2017
2nd August 2017
10th August 2017 (matinee)
14th - 16th August 2017
22nd August 2017

The producers of HALF A SIXPENCE cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.

The 7.30pm performance of Half A Sixpence on the 24th August will be filmed.


‘Flash Band Wallop’, ‘Money To Burn’ and ‘Half A Sixpence.’


Noel Coward Theatre

85-88 St Martins Lane London WC2N 4AU

Additional Details & FAQ

Cancellation Policy

No refunds or exchanges after purchase.

How Does It Work

You will receive a confirmation email. If you have chosen collect at box office please print the confirmation and bring it on the day, a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time. You will also need to present the card used to purchase the tickets as valid ID. If you have chosen to receive tickets by post, the tickets will be dispatched approximately 2-3 days after purchase.

Where Do I Go

Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4AU Tubes: Covent Garden, Leicester Sq, Charing Cross, Holborn Buses: Destination Leicester Sq.14, 19, 24, 29, 38, 176

Critic Reviews

5.0(3 reviews)
  • Broadway World

    Dec 2, 2016

    A nostalgic charmer that looks set to be a flash bang wallop hit.

  • The Telegraph

    Dec 2, 2016

    This Half a Sixpence is the best London's ever seen

  • What's On Stage

    Dec 2, 2016

    All in all this is a charming night out that is certain to warm the chilliest of London evenings this winter. The musical of the year.


4.9(50 reviews)
  • Brian Mackie

    Sep 2, 2017

    Brilliant show

  • Blacksheep

    Sep 1, 2017

    Great show, lots of energy from the crowd and the audience alike. Very close to the film version although a faster paced delivery.

  • Kate

    Sep 1, 2017

    I didn't know anything about this show before I went, and what a great surprise it turned out to be. The quality of the singing, acting and dancing is unparalleled, and Charlie Stemp's performance is absolutely amazing. Perfect for all ages, you'll be singing the songs for days to come!

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