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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.


We're delighted to welcome you to audition for 4 key remaining roles:

  • Mr Chitterlow, an unsuccessful former actor and aspiring playwright (playing age 35-60) - sings a couple of solos

  • Jack Buggins, a draper’s apprentice at Shalford’s Bazaar (playing age 18-30) - has a few solos within songs      

  • William Pierce, a draper’s apprentice at Shalford’s Bazaar (playing age 18-30) - has a few solos within songs

  • James Walsingham, Helen’s brother and the son of Mrs. Walsingham (playing age 25-40) - has a few solos within a song 


Email us at with the specifics of which roles you are interested in. We will then arrange a mutually convenient time for you to come along to audition! Rehearsals begin after Easter so we are looking to cast before then if possible. For all the details click the Audition Notice button below:

Key Dates

  • Read-through: Sunday 16th April 2023, from 6:30pm

  • Rehearsals: every Monday & Thursday from Thursday 20th April 2023 (plus some Saturdays - see audition notice)

  • Show week: week commencing 17th July 2023

Got any questions, email us at! We look forward to seeing you at auditions!

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

Your Visit

Your Visit

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

Food and Drink

Whilst the Lantern Coffee House is currently not yet open, light refreshments will be available. 


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. 


There are no cloakroom facilities 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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