Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps

The musical Half a Sixpence will transfer from the Chichester Festival Theatre to the Noel Coward Theatre in London this October.

The production will open in the West End on 29th October and run until 11th February. Tickets are available to purchase now.


The entire Half a Sixpence Chichester cast will transfer to the West End. The new production will also star newcomers Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps and Devon-Elise Johnson as Ann Pornick.

Stemp and Johnson are both just two years out of drama school and both recently completed the international tour of Mamma Mia! 

The pair will star alongside three-time Olivier-nominated actor Ian Bartholomew as Chitterlow and three-time Olivier-nominated actress Emma Williams as Helen Walsingham.


Half A Sixpence follows the tale of Arthur Kipps, an orphan and over-worked draper’s assistant at the turn of the last century who 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?

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Half a Sixpence is a musical adaptation of H.G. Wells’s semi- autobiographical novel Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul.

The score features several of composer David Heneker’s songs from the original Chichester production, including Flash Bang Wallop, Money To Burn and Half A Sixpence, plus some new ones.

Half a Sixpence is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh who recently directed the Olivier nominated Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Open Air Theatre.

The production is designed by Paul Brown, with choreography by Andrew Wright and orchestrations by William David Brohn.

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Photo credit: Manuel Harlan.