School of Rock - Gillian Lynne Theatre

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Gillian Lynne Theatre

Gillian Lynne Theatre
166 Drury Lane

Seating Plan


(5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn left at Drury Lane and you’ll see the theatre 100 metres away on a corner.

Review Summary
Average Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars based on 6 review(s)


Latest Review: "The show was excellent. I would also like to thank the staff who sorted out alternative seats whe..."

The character of Dewey Finn leads an unconventional classroom in this hit musical comedy from Andrew Lloyd Webber, inspired by the hit film of the same name and starring Gary Trainor in the lead role.

Everyone remembers School Of Rock as that stand-out Jack Black film from 2003 that brought smiles to faces around the world. It was always clear that this was ripe for the stage musical treatment, and now that dream is realised in the West End.

And who better to bring it all to life than the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber? He provides the music for what has developed into the must-see show of the West End, with awards and nominations bolstering its appeal across the capital.

Dewey Finn (the character played by Jack Black in the film version and this time played by Gary Trainor) is a down-on-his-luck musician. He is jobless and has just been kicked out of his band, with little hope on the horizon, so when he is given the opportunity to become a substitute teacher he goes for it. Sure, he pretends to be his roommate in the process and knows nothing about teaching, but he gives it a go anyway. But when the curriculum proves to be outside of his skill-set, he falls back on his music skills in an effort to create a band of schoolchildren who can compete in a battle of the bands.

The original film contained songs of its own and some of those make it into this stage version, but they are also joined by new numbers penned by Andrew Lloyd Webber (composer) and Glenn Slater (lyricist). It means that audiences have plenty of things old and new to sink their teeth into during performances at the New London theatre, with songs such as You’re In The Band, School Of Rock and Math Is A Wonderful Things to name but a few.

Prior to its opening in the West End, the US version of the show had already taken Broadway by storm, with Tony Award nominations and critical acclaim following it across the Atlantic. If you’re looking for a great night in the West End, you can’t go too wrong with School Of Rock!

School Of Rock maintains its place in London’s West End, where it entertains the crowds at the New London Theatre. Make sure you are first in line!

Did You Know?

• Gary Trainor plays Dewey Finn until mid-November, with Stephen Leask stepping up to the part full time from Wednesday 15th November 2017.
• The world premiere of the show took place in New York at the Winter Garden Theatre in 2015.
• In addition to the mentioned Gary Trainor, further cast members include Oliver Jackson as Ned Schneebly, Florence Andrews as Rosalie Mullins and Michelle Francis as Mrs Bingham, amongst others (correct as of October 2017).
• Before he appeared in School Of Rock, Gary Trainor had appeared in West End shows like Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre and I Can’t Sing – The X Factor Musical at the London Palladium amongst other shows.
• The original film was directed by Richard Linklater and in addition to Jack Black the cast also included Joan Cusack and Sarah Silverman. Black was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as Dewey Finn.
• At the 2017 Laurence Olivier Awards, School Of Rock won the award for Outstanding Achievement In Music, which went to the child bands playing the show’s songs. The production also received nominations in the categories of Best Actor in a Musical (David Fynn – then playing Dewey Finn) and Best New Musical.
• The New London Theatre, where School Of Rock plays, was previously the home of acclaimed play War Horse from 2009 to 2016.

Show Information
Booking From: Friday, 22nd June 2018
Booking Until: Sunday, 13th January 2019
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (Including one interval)
Show Schedule
Mon: 7.30pm
Wed: 7.30 pm
Thu: 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm
Fri: 7.30 pm
Sat: 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm
Sun: 3.30pm
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