It's School of Rock! The Broadway version of this brand new musical, based on the hit movie, has Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes to thank for its broad people-appeal. They're both involved in the production, a considerable theatrical accolade in itself.
If you loved the antics of Jack Black in the movie, you'll enjoy the musical theatre version even more. Worldwide the film grossed more than a hundred and thirty one million US dollars. And it held sway for years as the biggest-grossing comedy movie of all time, until it was finally overtaken in 2015 by Pitch Perfect. Now this hugely popular story takes to the stage.
School of Rock musical – The story
The plot follows the struggling rock singer and guitarist, Dewey Finn. He's been kicked out of his own rock band because of his ridiculous on-stage antics and he's at a loose end, bored and broke. When he decides to disguise himself as a substitute teacher at a prestigious private school, all hell lets loose.
Dewey's students are a talented musical bunch and Dewey encourages them to form a rock band. But his motivation is far from honourable - with a bit of luck his fourth graders will beat the favourites, his old band No Vacancy, and win the Battle of the Bands contest. And he'll be able to pay his rent.
This is a comedy and, of course, everything goes horribly pear-shaped. But despite a series of madcap misadventures and total disasters, Dewey eventually proves that there's no stopping the school of rock.
No matter what your age, if you've ever fancied playing in a rock band you'll be totally inspired by the amazingly talented band of youngsters who form the stage band. You'll go home singing, thanks to fourteen brand new show tunes by Lloyd Webber and a host more original songs from the movie.
If you like nothing better than a big, bold musical comedy with a warm heart, this one's for you.
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Recommended for:Anyone (82%)
A must see show that both young and old will appreciate. Talented actor musicians put on an edgy, energetic performance.
Reviewed on 14 July 2019 by Anel, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Reviewed on 07 July 2019 by Tania, Champigny Sur Marne, France
The whole show from start to finish was excellent. Actors had the parts down to a T. I would recommend it for everyone to go and see. Thank you for an a amazing night.
Reviewed on 06 July 2019 by Natalie, Durham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 June 2019 by Amie, Beckenham, United Kingdom
Excellent entertainment. Suitable for all
Reviewed on 30 June 2019 by John, Salford, United Kingdom
Great music, cute kids, good acting... The only issue is that the drunk loser is the star (like the movie)... I wish everyone would quite all this forced inclusion, it just makes the whole thing fake.
Reviewed on 29 June 2019 by Heather, Port Townsend, United States Of America
Reviewed on 29 June 2019 by Andrew, Sydney, Australia
We loved everything about the show!!!
Reviewed on 27 June 2019 by Cheryl, Durban, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 June 2019 by Julie, Werrington County, Australia
Amazed by the talent and such a fun show to watch.
Reviewed on 24 June 2019 by Row, Essex, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 23 June 2019 by Darren, Water Orton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 23 June 2019 by Kath, Plymouth, United Kingdom
Outstanding performance everything from start to finish was excellent. The cast were so well played by all actors. Loved every minute.
Reviewed on 21 June 2019 by Sarah, Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 June 2019 by Oh, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Me and my boyfriend absolutely loved the show, it was very funny and all of the actors did an amazing job. Weren't sure how well the kids would do but my god were they brilliant! We had "restricted view" seats but there were absolutely fine.
Reviewed on 20 June 2019 by Madelene, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 June 2019 by Daniel, Prestatyn, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 June 2019 by Cynthia, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 June 2019 by Felix, Singapore, Singapore
Absolutely amazing from start to finish... only thing is I bought cheeper seats and view was bit blocked if you can pay little more without obstruction
Reviewed on 02 June 2019 by Sheena, Cheshunt, United Kingdom
I loved this show! It may not have the greatest story line or even the greatest singers, but it was really entertaining, and the kids were all fabulous. The theatre itself is also ideal, comfortable seats and a good view. I can certainly recommend the show for a light hearted, feel good evening of entertainment. Well done School of Rock.
Reviewed on 01 June 2019 by Suzanne, Newport, United Kingdom
Well worth making the journey to see this musical.
Reviewed on 28 May 2019 by Wendy, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 May 2019 by Philip, Ilford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 May 2019 by Rebecca, Ynyswen, United Kingdom
It's fab. Kids are phenomenal. Jack Black guy is better than Jack Black! Xx
Reviewed on 25 May 2019 by Jan, Welton, United Kingdom
Great view right at back in middle of row brilliant choice.show is well worth seeing for all ages
Reviewed on 24 May 2019 by Mary Rose, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland
Reviewed on 23 May 2019 by Carol, Helsby, United Kingdom
What an amazing night. Real feel good musical. Would love to do it all over again.
Reviewed on 23 May 2019 by Steven, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 12 May 2019 by Alice, Salon De Provence, France
One of the best shows I’ve ever seen, always keep you interested and the music is fantastic
Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Jon, Corby, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 10 May 2019 by Jessica, Harrogate, United Kingdom
Best musical I've ever seen. Children were absolutely amazing playing their instruments! Loved the show ! Xx
Reviewed on 02 May 2019 by Sarah, Port Talbot, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 April 2019 by Brad, Stowmarket, United Kingdom
The kids are great!
Reviewed on 28 April 2019 by Erwin, Tilburg, Netherlands
Reviewed on 26 April 2019 by Colin, Derby, United Kingdom
Amazing to see children performing live.
Reviewed on 21 April 2019 by Catherine, Ormond Beach, United States
Wasn't sure about seeing this show, as wasn't that keen on the film. It was absolutely amazing, great show for all the family.
Reviewed on 20 April 2019 by Charlotte, St. Neots, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 April 2019 by Elizabeth, Grays, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 April 2019 by Emma, Mirfield, United Kingdom
Not to be missed...very entertaining and lively...great show
Reviewed on 12 April 2019 by Stephen, Sliema, Malta
Awesome performances, music and sets
Reviewed on 02 April 2019 by Meenakshi, London, United Kingdom
Great for kids and adults alike. Top rates from us and recommend as a must see to all.
Reviewed on 31 March 2019 by Sharon, Brigg, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 March 2019 by Richard, Stockton-on-tees, United Kingdom
I was dragged along by my 13yr old granddaughter. I was so impressed by quality of acting and singing. Enjoyed it massively
Reviewed on 28 March 2019 by Ruth, Cedar Walk, United Kingdom
Attended with my 15 year old niece and we both had a great time. Great music, great show.
Reviewed on 25 March 2019 by Angela, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
The show was great and showed off the amazing talent of the young actors. Their skill as musicians, singers and actors is outstanding. As are the adults but the kids really do steal the show.
Reviewed on 25 March 2019 by Hannah, Matlock, United Kingdom
From start to finish it was fabulous...something for everyone. I didn’t expect it to be so powerful but it was! Characters and kids were awesome! I wanted to get up and dance but had to wait until the end to get on my feet.
Reviewed on 24 March 2019 by Lindsay, Dumfries, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 March 2019 by Justine, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
I liked this show the first half took a bit to get going the children where brilliant and the leads to just some since in school with teachers went on but riley got going then was very good show I have wached a lot of shows second half was stronger
Reviewed on 17 March 2019 by Lisa, New Mills, United Kingdom
It doesn't matter where you sit for this show, it's great from everwhere!
Reviewed on 15 March 2019 by Martine, Masnuy St-jean, Belgium
For my son who is 15 years old and never seen a show in London as we live three hours away we were rocking from the start to the end. Really good story and the music , kids who performed were amazing so talented. Just a real good switch off show and the audience loved it joined in the end. Must see.
Reviewed on 15 March 2019 by David, Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
It was overall a great production and I would definitely go again.
Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Barbara, Richmond, United Kingdom
The fact that the kids in the show play live for the audience all night is immense. Their parents must be and should be really proud. A great show.
Reviewed on 22 February 2019 by Stephanie, Barnsley, United Kingdom
A fantastic show highlighting the unique talents of all involved. Leaves the audience feeling happy and inspired.
Reviewed on 17 February 2019 by Anthony, Salisbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 February 2019 by Lisanne, Korsør, Denmark
Better than the Broadway version we saw Feb 2018... much more relatable to the British humour.
Reviewed on 12 February 2019 by Wendy, Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 08 February 2019 by Simon, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 08 February 2019 by Gail, Dundee, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 February 2019 by Brogan, Ipswich, United Kingdom
I loved this show. In the audience there were people from 8 till about 80. Everyone was laughing, singing, smiling, cheering and clapping. The music was absolutely beautiful and the kids - wow they can play those instruments well. I cannot fault this show - everything was really good. I was a really good night and I'd love to go and see again.
Reviewed on 02 February 2019 by Karen, Futian District Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Brilliant, Absolutely loved this musical and totally amazed with Jake Sharp’s performance as well as the rest of the cast. No one can leave this show without coming out on a high. Thank you for putting on such a memorable performance, I will be back with others again and again.
Reviewed on 02 February 2019 by Gill, Guernsey, United Kingdom
The show is absolutely brilliant. The acting and singing are first class. Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish with our 2 grandsons aged 10 and 7.
Reviewed on 26 January 2019 by Hilary, Belfast, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 January 2019 by Louise, Par, United Kingdom
The show was awsome.
Reviewed on 26 January 2019 by Heli, Haapsalu, Estonia
Reviewed on 16 January 2019 by Alexandre, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Reviewed on 14 January 2019 by Crystal, Rosebery, Australia
the chirldren were great!!
Reviewed on 14 January 2019 by Valeria, Quarto, Italy
Took the kids (10 and 14) and hubby (50). We all love the movie and the show definitely lives up to it. Main characters were Great. Mr. Finn ‘Schneeeeble’ has big boots to fill ( Jack Black) but does so convincingly and has made the role his own. Head teacher has an amazing voice. All the children were brilliant. Once they came on stage the story really kicked off and after the break the stage was on Fire from beginning to end!
Reviewed on 13 January 2019 by Johanna, Romford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 January 2019 by Helen, Cranleigh, United Kingdom
An excellent show well worth putting on your itinery
Reviewed on 06 January 2019 by Ian, Altrincham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 04 January 2019 by Sarah, Aying, United Kingdom
Fantasy show, lovely view amazing sound.
Reviewed on 02 January 2019 by Nicholas, Tiverton, United Kingdom
I love this musical
Reviewed on 31 December 2018 by Gratias, Jacou, France
A great show for families, singles and couples. Two, minor, swear words; great singing, acting and a very talented cast, to go with an excellent production.
Reviewed on 28 December 2018 by John, Dartford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 December 2018 by Chaitali, Singapore, Singapore
Fantastic performance by all. Great view from seats. Drinks bit expensive so be warned! Music was brilliant and children excellent. I like how the story was the same as the film but with a few differences- like new songs. Didn’t want it to end.
Reviewed on 27 December 2018 by David, Preston, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 December 2018 by Gary, Harrogate, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 December 2018 by Manjit, Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed on 12 December 2018 by John, Birmingham, United Kingdom
I can just recomend this piece of work for anyone who loves music and good story lines. It happed to be more than i expected. Thank u guys for great show!!
Reviewed on 07 December 2018 by Martin, Cadca, Slovakia
Reviewed on 06 December 2018 by Gino Louis, Stockton On Tees, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 December 2018 by Jack, Lee-on-the-solent, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 03 December 2018 by Paulina, Royal Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 November 2018 by Michael, Heimberg, Switzerland
Reviewed on 22 November 2018 by Edward, Owings Mills, United States Of America
Reviewed on 22 November 2018 by David, London, United Kingdom
The show was amazing. Kept us entertained the entire time. Was funny, musical, and a captivating storyline. You don’t have to like broadway shows to like something like this. Highly recommend!
Reviewed on 22 November 2018 by Bradford, Ardmore, United States Of America
very uplifting , catchy songs, well produced ,
Reviewed on 22 November 2018 by Jason, Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Amazing Show must in a cool theatre! If you don’t like stairs make sure you book in the stall. Not really suitable for anyone under the age of 10, They will get restless very quickly.
Reviewed on 20 November 2018 by Luke, East Perth, Australia
such a cool fun evening
Reviewed on 20 November 2018 by Brian, Jerusalem, Israel
Reviewed on 17 November 2018 by Hila, God Hasharon, Israel
Reviewed on 16 November 2018 by Dean, London, United Kingdom
This is a brilliant show and an absolute must see! I guarantee the energy and rhythm will have you dancing in your seat!
Reviewed on 15 November 2018 by Michelle, West Mackay, Australia
Easy to follow story which was interpreted fantastically.
Reviewed on 13 November 2018 by Kathlene, Kirkop, Malta
Especially the kids musical performance is inpressive. Good storytelling
Reviewed on 13 November 2018 by Mette, Albertslund, Denmark
What a brilliant show. The kids were amazing.
Reviewed on 09 November 2018 by Mandy, Derby, United Kingdom
worth every penny.
Reviewed on 08 November 2018 by Gavin, Julianstown, Co Meath, Ireland
Great stage adaptation of the film. All the best songs plus plenty of new ones to keep it interesting. Great performances all round and a great evening at the theatre.
Reviewed on 04 November 2018 by Stuart, Malvern, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 04 November 2018 by Iratxe, Zalla, Spain
Meraviglioso! La musica, la trama e la morale, per questo adatto ad adulti e bambini. La mia prima volta... Indimenticabile!
Reviewed on 03 November 2018 by Elisa, Xii Morelli, Italy
The show was great, the kids are amazing and very talented musicians.
Reviewed on 03 November 2018 by Rachael, Chertsey, United Kingdom
by Isabella James | Wednesday, September 26 2018, 14:53
This West End production brings to the stage all of the fun, quotable moments of the film but with an added underlying story about children under pressure from pushy parents. Andrew Lloyd-Webber has used the songs from the Jack Black movie but added a number of extra solos and anthems, including the catchy and rebellious ‘Stick it to the Man’.Fresh Look: SCHOOL OF ROCK at the Gillian Lynne Theatre
by Stuart King | Monday, September 25 2017, 12:22
Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Julian Fellowes (hardly the types generally associated with rebelliousness), are ‘the talent’ behind this stage adaptation of Richard Linklater’s 2003 film, in which a down-on-his-luck, guitar-playing slob, Dewey Finn (played with gusto in the West End by Gary Trainor), surreptitiously wangles a job as a supply teacher at a posh prep school, where he introduces his already musically talented young charges, to the joys of rock.Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at the New London Theatre
by Phil Willmott | Friday, February 10 2017, 16:21
Last night the production of SUNSET BOULEVARD, starring Glenn Close, which Londoners enjoyed last year at the Coliseum opened on Broadway to a sweep of rave reviews.
Coming fast on the back of that it was announced that his latest musical SCHOOL OF ROCK has extended its run at the New London Theatre until January next year.Andrew Lloyd Webber is once again the toast of Broadway and the West End
by Phil Willmott | Thursday, November 17 2016, 10:07
It's been a tough few decades for Andrew Lloyd Webber since the 1980s when announcement of a new show by him would prompt a ticket buying frenzy keeping hits like EVITA, CATS and PHANTOM in the West End for years. Of the big mega hits only PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is still running.
I say "only" but it's an extraordinary achievement to have created something that's been so loved by so many people for so long in London and on Broadway. In recent years however the composer's new pieces have failed to take root and grow into long running hits.Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at the New London Theatre
by Phil Willmott | Monday, April 4 2016, 18:21
The UK’s Greatest living theatre composer shows no signs of slowing down after five decades at the top.
In a recent interview his regular lyricist, Don Black, has revealed plans are afoot to revamp ALW’s latest flop STEPHEN WARD with the addition of new songs and there are still hope that a newly conceived Australian production of the PHANTOM OF THE OPERA sequel, LOVE NEVER DIES, will come to the UK.Andrew Lloyd Webber is as busy as ever
by Oliver Mitford | Sunday, January 3 2016, 18:01
The new musical School of Rock that opened on Broadway in December has broken the current box office record at the Winter Garden Theatre. The show has taken more than $1.5 million dollars since opening.
The West End transfer of School of Rock as also been announced and the adaption by Andrew Lloyd Webber is due to open at the London Palladium in the Autumn of 2016, so the news of massive box office success stateside bodes well for the London productionSchool of Rock breaks Broadway box office records ahead of West End run
by London Box Office | Wednesday, October 14 2015, 20:49
Andrew Lloyd Webber just released a fully immersive 360° youtube video for “You’re in the Band”, one of the songs featured in his new Broadway musical, School of Rock – The Musical. The Youtube video allows you to navigate all angles of the classroom for an immersive experience of the song.
We've seen this technology used in sports videos but this is the first time it is applied to a musical number.School of Rock - an immersive experience