On 6th November 2017, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Oliver award-winning School of Rock will host this year’s BBC Radio 2’s BBC Children in Need Gala at the New London Theatre (Gillian Lynne Theatre). Hosted by Ken Bruce and the charity’s mascot Pudsey, at least 50% of the proceeds from the Gala will go to BBC Children in Need’s 2017 Appeal going on to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. The Gala audience will see BBC Radio 2 presenters, VIP’s and members of the public join forces to rock out with the cast and celebrate a truly memorable night.
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?
For the fourth time since its West End premiere School of Rock – The Musical recently announced an extension to its West End run, now booking to 13 January 2019 and later this month Andrew Lloyd Webber will welcome a new kids cast to his smash hit show as it approaches its first birthday. In New York, the Broadway production is now in its second year continues at the Winter Garden Theater.
Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title, and with a cast led by Gary Trainor as Dewey Finn, 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.
New London Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PW
Gala performance: 6th November 2017 at 7pm