Theatre reviews: Half A Sixpence and School Of Rock
The old-fashioned musical that gave Tommy Steele his big theatrical break in 1963 is now a work of vibrant beauty, with new songs and energy.
Writer Julian Fellowes and the composer/lyricist team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have remained largely faithful to Beverley Cross and David Heneker’s original, based on HG Wells’ semiautobiographical novel Kipps, while sweeping away the cobwebs of nostalgia.
The hero is Arthur Kipps, a humble draper’s assistant with big ideas whose life-changing inheritance propels him into high society and into the arms of a posh girl in need of money. ... read more