Having recently twice smashed the house record at the New London Theatre, today, 9 January 2017, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End production of School of Rock The Musical announces the show is extending booking for a second time since its official opening. Tickets are now available to 28 May 2017.
Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, the West End production of School of Rock – The Musical opened to rave reviews in November last year and last month broke the box office record at the 1000 seat New London Theatre previously held by War Horse. Concurrently on Broadway, all three of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals rang in the New Year with record-breaking sales – School of Rock – The Musical, now in its second year, smashed house records at the Winter Garden theatre as did The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic and Cats at the Neil Simon.
The adult West End cast of School of Rock – The Musical is led by comedy star David Fynn as Dewey Finn with Florence Andrews as Rosalie Mullins, Oliver Jackson as Ned Schneebly and Preeya Kalidas as Patty Di Marco. They are joined on stage at each performance by one of three teams of thirteen young performers who make up Dewey’s band. The ‘grown up’ cast is completed by Gary Trainor as the alternate Dewey with ensemble members Jonathan Bourne, Nadeem Crowe, Michelle Francis, Rosanna Hyland, Cassandra McCowan, Joel Montague, Andy Rees, Cameron Sharp, Tasha Sheridan, Andrew Spillett and Lucy Vandi and swings, Charlotte Bradford, Jason Denton, Cellen Chugg Jones and Alfie Parker.
Based on the iconic hit movie and with a rocking new score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock – The Musical follows slacker and wannabe rock star Dewey Finn turn a class of straight-A 10 year old students into an ear popping, riff scorching, all conquering rock band! Dewey poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet, and when he discovers his fifth graders’ musical talents, he enlists his class to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands. As Dewey falls for the beautiful headmistress, can he and his students keep this special assignment secret as they learn to fully embrace the power of rock?
From 2 March 2017 the ‘kids’ cast comprises Bailey Cassell, eleven years old from Essex, Noah Key, thirteen years old from Shropshire and Jude Harper-Wrobel, ten years old from Hertfordshire, who play Freddy; Eliza Cowdery, ten years old from Hampshire, Imogen Bowden, eleven years old from London and Selma Hansen, twelve years old from London will play Katie; Cole Lam, nine years old from Surrey, Oscar Francisco, thirteen years old from Coventry and James Lawson, thirteen years old London, will play Lawrence; Toby Lee, eleven years old from Warwickshire, Jake Slack, thirteen years old from Buckinghamshire and Jack Goodacre, eleven years old from Norfolk, will play Zack; Jobe Hart, ten years old from London, Archie Lewis, eleven years old from Surrey and Joshua Vaughan, ten years old from Birmingham, will play Billy; Agatha Meehan, nine years old from York, Stella Haden, ten years old from Birmingham and Caoimhe Judd, twelve years old from Essex, will play Summer; Amma Ris, eleven years old from London, Jasmine Sakyiama, ten years old from Milton Keynes and Nerys Obeng, ten years old from London, will play Tomika; Sonny Kirby, twelve years old from Hertfordshire, Bradley Bissett, twelve years old from Kent and Josh White, eleven years old from Worcestershire, will play James; Rocco Wright, eleven years old from Hertfordshire, Jacob Swann, twelve years old from London and Dylan Miles-Davis, twelve years old from Bradford, will play Matthew; Natasha Raphael, ten years old from London, Leah Levman, ten years old from London and Grace Schneider, eleven years old from London, will play Marcy; Presley Charman, nine years old from London, Harry Vallance, eleven years old from Essex and Johnny Evans-Hutchison, fourteen years old from London, will play Mason; Amelia Poggenpoel, eleven years old from Liverpool, Jaydah Bell-Ricketts, eleven years old from London and Miami Holness, ten years old also from London, will play Shonelle; Ivy Pratt, ten years old from London, Phoebe Farnham, nine years old from London and Darcy Dennis, nine years old from Kent, will play Sophie.
Best seats for £10.00 are available every Wednesday evening an hour before curtain to purchase as part of the School of Rock – The Musical Student Rush scheme. These tickets are only available in person from the New London Theatre Box Office.
Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock features music from the movie, as well as new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes. School of Rock – The Musical is directed by Laurence Connor with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, set and costume designs by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter, music supervision by John Rigby with Matt Smith as musical director.
Produced by Paramount Pictures, the 2003 hit film School of Rock was directed by Richard Linklater and starred Jack Black in a career-defining performance.
School of Rock — The Musical is produced in the West End by Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Really Useful Group and Warner Music Group & Access Industries with Madeleine Lloyd Webber as Executive Producer.
Theatre: New London Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PW
Dates: now booking to 28 May 2017
Performances: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm, Sundays at 3pm
Running time: approximately 2 hours 30 minutes including interval