Half a Sixpence first hit the stage in 1963 and after an overhaul of the book, it’s back for us to enjoy. The musical follows orphan and draper’s assistant Arthur Kipps who ends up inheriting a small fortune. Arthur ends up losing himself and becomes torn between two women. One is his childhood sweetheart and the other a very beautiful evening teacher. He soon realises that his perfect life with his classy teacher isn’t actually what makes him happy. The show is set in the English seaside and looks at the class divide in the 60s. In typical British manner, the pub is shown to be a lot more fun than the drawing room.
The female characters are frustratingly empty. They have little personality and need a man to be happy. However, this is done in a way that reminds you of how times used to be in a lighthearted way and doesn’t feel to trivial.
I couldn’t help but fall a little bit in love with Charlie Stemp who plays Arthur. He is simply phenomenal. His singing, acting, and dancing s faultless – a real triple threat. He has little experience to his name and so his standout West End performance is beyond impressive. His charm is undeniable and you can’t help but love his boyish ways. Without him, the show wouldn’t be half as good!
The choreography throughout is fantastically imaginative and I couldn’t sleep for days afterwards because the musical numbers were doing circles in my head. Flash Bang Wallop may well be my favourite theatre song this year. It gives Half a Sixpence one hell of a climax.
Why Half a Sixpence?
For those who were wondering, the show is called Half a Sixpence because of his childhood sweetheart. The half a sixpence they have is their momento. A true romance!
Would you recommend it?
This is such a loveable musical. I came out with a warm heart and a smile on my face. For the time I was sat in the theatre, I honestly forgot my own life existed. I was swept up in the magic of musical theatre. It’s a real British classic with a frequent chat about the weather. I was smiling from ear to ear after the first half, I didn’t think it could get better. I was wrong, it did! A real feel good show that I cannot recommend enough.
Where can I get tickets?
If you’d like to grab tickets to see this wonderful show, it’s currently playing at the Noel Coward Theatre. Tickets are really affordable and this is one of my favourite theatre too. It’s such a brilliant night out for families, friends, and couples alike. Half a Sixpence is playing until September this year and I think I might even go again. It really was that good. You can get your tickets HERE.