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The Lantern Arts Centre by arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh presents


The New Half a Sixpence Musical

Directed by Toby Ward-Smith

Wednesday 19th - Saturday 22nd July 2023 7.30pm

(Saturday matinee, 2.30pm)

Based on the H.G. Wells novel “KIPPS: The Story of a Simple Soul” and the original musical by Beverley Cross and David Heneker | Original Songs by David Heneker | Book by Julian Fellowes | New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe | Orchestrations by William David Brohn | Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh

Flash, Bang, Wallop! What a musical!


Arthur Kipps, an orphan and overworked draper's assistant at the turn of the last century, 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? With the help of his friends, Arthur learns that if you want to have the chance of living the right life, you need to make the right choices.


Packed full of toe-tapping tunes including Flash, Bang, Wallop!, Half a Sixpence and If The Rain’s Got to Fall, this cleverly reinvented version of the original musical (starring Tommy Steele) is a must-see for all musical theatre lovers.

Running time is approximately 2.5 hours including a 20 minute interval.

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International. All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI

First look at Kipps on stage!
Sneak peak inside the Kipps rehearsal room!
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Your Visit
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Experience the main auditorium as you've never seen it before! Be immersed in the action - you'll practically be able to smell the Folkestone sea air!

Your Visit

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Lantern Arts Centre, Tolverne Road, London, SW20 8RA

Food and Drink

Light refreshments will be available in the Lantern Hub. Please note alcohol is not permitted on site at any time.


The Lantern Arts Centre is accessible by wheelchair-users and people with restricted mobility. Lifts are available for studios on the first floor, whereas ramps are in place to access the main auditorium. When booking please add any requirements in the seating requests section. We have two disabled toilets, in addition to the toilets at the rear of the auditorium.


There are no cloakroom facilities for storing bags and coats at the Lantern Arts Centre.


Once you have booked your seat you will be emailed your e-ticket which will be scanned upon your arrival to the venue. If you are unsure about booking seats please call 020 3761 7070.

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