Charlie Stemp in Half A Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre
The Chichester Festival Theatre – forever the crystal ball when it comes to future West End hits – adds another musical to its list of shows gaining a Theatreland transfer. It has been announced that their production of Half a Sixpence from Cameron Mackintosh will be headed to the capital as soon as October and in the process the entire cast will making the transition as well, including Charlie Stemp and Devon-Elise Johnson.
The show, which plays at the Noël Coward Theatre, focuses on the character of Arthur Kipps (Stemp), the love triangle that unfolds across social classes and the decisions that one has to make to find happiness. Kipps’ life is turned around at the beginning of the story when he inherits a fortune, having previously lived a hard life as an orphan and in a tiring job, and now his future is headed in a new direction. The two women in his life are Ann Pornick (Johnson) and Helen Walsingham (Emma Williams), the former a childhood friend and the latter providing him with his new look as a rich man. But as both women vie for his heart he will have a big decision to make.
In addition to those named above the cast will also include Ian Bartholomew in the role of Chitterlow.
Meanwhile, lead actor Charlie Stemp, in addition to appearing in Half A Sixpence at the Chichester Festival Theatre, has previous experience in the West End as well, having performed in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. His other credits include the film Narcolepsy and Mamma Mia! on tour.
Cameron Mackintosh clearly thinks he’s a talent to keep an eye on as he commented “The show’s amazing cast is headed by the sensational new young star Charlie Stemp, who has put his own brilliantly original stamp on a part that fifty years ago launched Tommy Steele’s international theatre and film career. Everyone seems to agree that history is about to repeat itself with Charlie, whose performance is sending audiences into raptures nightly.”
He also adds “I’m also thrilled that the show is going to open in London at the Noël Coward Theatre, original home of another great iconic British musical Oliver! which premiered in 1960, three years before Sixpence opened up the street at the Cambridge Theatre. The spacious Coward stage will perfectly show off Paul Brown’s brilliant design.”
Half A Sixpence opens at the Noël Coward Theatre on Thursday 17th November 2016 (previews from Saturday 29th October 2016) and continues to February 2017.