29 June – 2 July 2022
Join us (at last!) for a fabulous night of uplifting entertainment!
The original dates in late March for this production were hijacked at the last moment by an outbreak of covid among the cast, so we are delighted to be back with a brand new set of dates!
Kipps is the contemporary stage version of the timeless musical treasure Half a Sixpence and is based on the H. G. Wells semi-autobiographical novel, Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul. This amazing show cleverly reinvents the classic Half a Sixpence for the modern age – but with even more Flash-Bang-Wallop!
Masterfully written by Julian Fellowes, (Downton Abbey) with a brilliantly infectious new score by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins), this uber talented team updated this very British musical and took the West End by storm, with dazzling showmanship, joyous verve, cracking humour and amazing song and dance numbers.
Arthur Kipps, an orphan, is an over-worked draper’s assistant at Shalford’s Bazaar in Folkestone, at the turn of the last century. He is a charming but ordinary young man who, along with his fellow apprentices, dreams of a better and more fulfilling future. A chance meeting with Mr. Chitterlow, a burgeoning playwright, leads Kipps to find that he has unexpectedly inherited a fortune, which then propels him into high society and confuses everything he thought he knew about life in general.
He has the attention of two young ladies in his new world – his childhood friend and not quite girlfriend, Ann Pornick and the beautiful and classy Helen Walsingham -both of whom claim to love Arthur. 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 – so who will he choose?
Look forward to a fabulous night of fantastic and uplifting entertainment!