half a sixpenceFollowing rave reviews and a record-breaking run in Chichester, Cameron Mackintosh has announced the West End transfer of the critically acclaimed hit musical “HALF A SIXPENCE” - with performances commencing at the Noël Coward Theatre from 29th October  (press night 17th November ).

The entire Chichester cast will transfer to the West End, starring newcomers Charlie Stemp as ‘Arthur Kipps’ and Devon-Elise Johnson as ‘Ann Pornick’ – with Olivier-nominated actors Ian Bartholomew as ‘Chitterlow’ and  Emma Williams as ‘Helen Walsingham’. They will be joined by Vivien Parry/Mrs Walsingham, Gerard Carey/James Walsingham, John Conroy/Mr Shalford, Alex Hope/Sidney, Jane How/Lady Punnet, Bethany Huckle/Flo, Sam O'Rourke/Buggins, James Paterson/Uncle Bert, Callum Train/ Pierce and Annie Wensak as Aunt Susan with ensemble members Kimberly Blake, Nick Butcher, Matthew Dale, Jaye Juliette Elster, Tim Hodge, Rebecca Jayne-Davies, Jennifer Louise Jones, Philip Marriott Harry Morrison, and Lauren Varnham

This new stage version of “HALF A SIXPENCE”, the musical adaptation of H.G. Wells’s semi- autobiographical novel ‘Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul’, is a completely fresh adaptation which reunites book-writer Julian Fellowes (Oscar-winning screenwriter and creator of Downton Abbey) with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the musical team that co-creator Cameron Mackintosh first put together to create the hit stage adaptation of “Mary Poppins” with Disney. The score is inspired by and features several of composer David Heneker’s exhilarating songs from the original production, including ‘Flash Bang Wallop’, ‘Money To Burn’ and ‘Half A Sixpence’.

Arthur Kipps, an orphan and over-worked draper’s assistant at the turn of the last century, unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society. His childhood companion, Ann Pornick, watches with dismay as Arthur is made over in a new image by the beautiful and classy Helen Walsingham. Both young women undoubtedly love Arthur – but which of them should he listen to? With the help of his friends, Arthur learns that if you want to have the chance of living the right life, you need to make the right choices.

Book tickets for Half a Sixpence which is booking to 2nd September 2017 when the production ends its run.

show times

Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday 7:30 pm- Matinees Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday at 2:30 pm. Running time 2 hours 45 minutes including one interval



Noel Coward Theatre
St Martin's Lane
London WC2N 4AU

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Tube : Leicester Square (approx 100 metres)
Train: Charing Cross (approx 200 metres)
buses to Her Majesty's Theatre
24, 29, 176
nearest car park
MasterPark at China Town and Trafalgar Square. NCP at Upper St Martin's Lane.


Infra-red headsets held at the Box Office. A deposit of £10 is required which will be returned at the end of the performance. The box office have a portable Induction Loop 'T' system for window sales for patrons who use hearing aids.
Guide dogs are not allowed into auditorium, but staff are happy to dog-sit.
There is a ramp through the second side exit door on St Martin's Court. Box M 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.
Toilet on Foyer level by Cloakroom.