Noel Coward Theatre

85-88 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU GB

Half a Sixpence

Half a Sixpence Tickets

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Noel Coward Theatre

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Starring: Charlie Stemp

Booking from: Saturday, 29 October 2016

Booking until: Saturday, 2 September 2017

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (One interval)

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Performance Times
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14:30 14:30 14:30
19:30 19:30 19:30 19:30 19:30

Important Information

Please see below a list of dates that Charlie Stemp will not be performing in Half a Sixpence.

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

Booking from:
Saturday, 29 October 2016

Booking until:
Saturday, 2 September 2017

Running time:
2 hours 45 minutes (One interval)

This musical rocked the rafters at Chichester through summer 2016, causing such a stir that a London transfer was more or less a foregone conclusion. Everybody involved is delighted, the entire cast is transferring to the capital and tickets are due to sell like hot cakes. Don't miss your chance to see a brilliant new talent in the shape of Charlie Stemp in action. Fabulous.

The wonderful Charlie Stemp plays Arthur Kipps, adding his own unique flavour to the role. Devon-Elise Johnson plays his good childhood friend Ann Pornick, Ian Bartholomew plays Chitterlow and Emma Williams makes a wonderful Helen Walsingham.

This musical has a long history. It first hit the London stage in 1963, with Marti Webb playing Ann and Tommy Steele as Kipps. 1965 saw the show open at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre, where it ran for for 511 performances with John Cleese as the stockbroker Walsingham. And it was the last pre-Lloyd-Webber West End masterpiece to transfer to New York with any level of success.

In 1967 a film adaptation was made, also starring Tommy Steele, plus Julia Foster and Cyril Ritchard. Lesley Judd, who later became a popular presenter on the children's TV programme Blue Peter, danced in the chorus.

2016 saw a fresh, revived version of the show open at the Chichester Festival Theatre. It gathered a load of instant rave reviews and even generated the ultimate theatre compliment, plenty of standing ovations. Co-produced by Cameron Mackintosh and reuniting his Mary Poppins collaborators, the new book comes from best-selling writer Julian Fellowes. As well as a few of the original show tunes, there's also a raft of excellent new songs from George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

By all accounts Sir Cameron Mackintosh is thrilled about the transfer, and chuffed that it's going to be on at the Noël Coward Theatre, where the iconic British musical Oliver premièred in 1960. The Noel Coward's stage is huge, the perfect venue to showcase Paul Brown's brilliant design.

Half a Sixpence – The story

Half a Sixpence tells the story of Arthur Kipps, an orphan and draper's assistant. He's a simple soul, and when he unexpectedly inherits a fortune his life changes completely. The show is inspired by HG Wells' semi-autobiographical book Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul, and it's a charming tale with a happy ending. If you fancy experiencing one of the finest musicals of the year, which has knocked audiences for six in Chichester and promises more of the same in London, walk this way.

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Press Reviews

The musical of the year WhatsOnStage

Charlie Stemp is the stuff of legend Sunday Telegraph

This show is pure gold Daily Telegraph

Simply irresistible Radio Times

What a show! Evening Standard

Hugely entertaining The Times

A tidal wave of cheer Time Out

Customer Reviews

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based on 65 reviews


Definitely worth a visit, excellent performance

London Box Office customer

Great choreography and amazing set!

I was blown away by the set in this show and the choreography was very enjoyable! I went to this performance not knowing anything about it but was very pleased.

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Storyline, music and choreography are brilliant!

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Best Westend show I have ever seen.

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Uplifting and 'feel good'

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Half sixpence

It was brilliant from start to finish

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Awesome production from beginning to end!

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Not to be missed. Exceptional music, singing, choreography, and staging. You will leave the theatre with a spring in your step and a song in your heart.

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Just brilliant!!!

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Brilliant. Entertaining from start to finish

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Brilliant. Very enjoyable

We really enjoyed this not-so-well-known-show at the fairly small Noel Coward Theatre. It made for a cosy atmosphere which the musical filled very well. We particularly liked the little twist at the end. You'll have to go to find out what that is. Happy musicaling.

London Box Office customer

Clatter jang-a ring-a jang-a. Fantastic!!

Full of energy and excellent choreography. Excellent sound & music. Couldn't fault the show!

London Box Office customer

A superb evening that passed so quickly. A high energy and very entertaining show. A must see.

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A great show in all respects!

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Great show! Every cast member gave everything in supporting VERY talented principals. A great feel good show.

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A show that will have you leaving the theatre with a smile on your face and a song on your lips

Half a sixpence is the happiest show that I have seen for a long time, The energy that the cast put into the show takes your breath away. The set is a clever one and the scene changes are fast and a pleasure to watch because they are part of the show. The lead male character is on stage for nearly all the show . and his dance routines are a joy to see. Do yourself a favour and see this show as soon as you can, it is wonderful and gets 5 stars in all departments from me.

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Total entertainment

We booked easily online for the matinee. The theatre was right outside Leicester Square station. The theatre is everything you would expect for a West End classic (seating is a little tight though). The show was excellent, faultless, and the choreography was brilliant, awesomely staged. Great sound system too. We really enjoyed this uplifting oldie. The final couple of numbers, especially "what a picture" are so good we left feeling very pleased indeed. Thanks!!

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A wonderful evening's entertainment

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A very happy show, all the players were very talented and enthusiastic and came out feeling very cheerful

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wonderful energetic escapism

What a show!!! From the opening scene to the standing ovation at the end this was a performance to behold!!! The mix of songs from the original musical with the new songs andthe clever workings by Cameron mackintosh with Julian Fellows slight changes to the story only added to the overall production. The energy from the cast was mind blowing and the live music whirling dancing and carried you through the night. I loved every minute of this musical and left the theatre with a feeling of joy.

London Box Office customer

High octaine show -such vibrancy and energy.

Just loved, loved the show - one of the most enjoyable I have seen over the last few years. The cast were amazing - all of them. Especially the leading parts. Such energy with all the non-stop (or so it seemed), dancing, singing and acting. I was not disappointed even after remembering Tommy Steele in his heyday.

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A joy from start to finish

Anyone who leaves the theatre without a huge smile on their face & an overwhelming desire to dance down the street, singing a simple tune must be souless. Everyone in the company was outstanding.

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we thought it was a wonderful show, so entertaining & really enjoyable. Great songs & fine singing & dancing. Loved it!

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What a Triumph

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A feel good show full of energy.

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A great show

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light hearted and great fun

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Vibrant, fun with lots of energy and a talented cast!

Show was fantastic! Not to be missed!

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Extremely pretty and slick

A security guard in the Balcony was extremely rude to me on arrival at the show, which was weird and annoying... But the choreography, orchestra and energy of the show were all terrific. Ambitious and successful staging absolutely made it! The performers were adorable and totally committed throughout. The first half is too long, but the grand numbers paid off handsomely

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A must see for all musical theatre lovers.

Charlie Stemp is an amazing performer. You would never guess it was his first major role. A singer, dancer and actor of exceptional ability and a definite star of tomorrow. Supported by a fine cast of talented performers.

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Was a fantastic performance totally amazing everyone played their part.

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Must see

Amazing performances, colourful , energetic, funny, wonderful show

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Money well spent !!!!

A slow start but after about 15mins the storyline kicked off and you were immersed into the song & dance of it all

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Delightful Must See

Exquisite Must see. The level of enthusiasm and energy displayed by every actor is outstanding. The story although a classic is refreshing and amusing. It is important to be reminded that being true to oneself and being is the best way to happiness and success. The aplause was thundering and a standing ovation was well deserved. We clapt until our hands were hurting:)

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Best show ever seen

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Sensational acting and dancing

A whole family show that is energetic in it's acting and dancing, fantastic singing and a wonderful story that is wrapped up with a few surprises along the way.

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Stunningly good!

The show was fresh,lively and extremely skilled.We were part of an audience that was enjoying a really good time . The dancing was quite exceptional and it was a delight.

London Box Office customer

Rip off seats b3 and b4 balcony are restricted

Not pissed with them, but I am with LBO. Seats b3 and B4, were bought as non restricted view. Could not see centre stage at all - completely obscured. Sat at an arkward angle and left before the end due to being incredibly uncomfortable, as did many others. Dont buy B3 and B4 if you want a clear view from the Balcony

London Box Office customer

Energetic and enjoyable

Great show with a Fantastic crescendo. Great lead role and full of energy. Would definitely recommend not to miss this show.

London Box Office customer

A feel-good show.

The show was seamless and one scene ran into the next without a hitch. It had plenty of energy from a talented and enthusiastic cast.

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Absolutely Amazing.

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A super afternoon out!

A lovely happy show, well dressed- best show we have seen in the last 10 years.

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Review: HALF A SIXPENCE at the Noel Coward Theatre

22 Nov 2016 in Reviews

Half a Sixpence They say the simple pleasures in life are the sweetest and it's certainly true of this revival of a lovely, heartwarming and unpretentious musical from a time when writers and composers simply aspired to make an audience smile and to send them home humming a song from the show.

The very slight plot is based on a novel by H.G Wells in which a shop boy, Arthur Kipps, inherits a fortune, and as a result chooses to marry outside his class before fate intervenes and all works out more satisfactorily. The message that money doesn't bring contentment is always popular for audiences living through tough times.

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Review: HALF A SIXPENCE at the Noel Coward Theatre

14 Nov 2016 in Reviews

Half a Sixpence There is no questioning the talent of both the cast and creative team here – everyone is competent and able to execute their roles well. But therein is the problem; the show isn’t memorable or extraordinary enough to merit a second viewing.

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Theatre Address

Noel Coward Theatre
85-88 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU GB

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  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Member of Q-Park scheme
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair/scooter access

Theatre Info

  • Capacity: 886
  • Year built: 1903

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