20th Jul, 2019

Hit West End show to come to Solihull's Core Theatre with a flash, bang, wallop

Sarah Mason 17th Apr, 2018

A hit musical is set to come to Solihull’s Core Theatre with a flash, bang, wallop.

Solihull Theatre Company’s production of the classic show, Half a Sixpence, which was recently revived on the West End to rave reviews, will play at The Core from May 15 to 19.

It will be an encore for some cast members who performed in the show when the company originally staged it back in 1996.

Based on the century-old H.G. Wells novel Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul, the musical adaptation tells the story of Arthur Kipps, an orphan who lives and works with other apprentices for a cruel draper.

After learning that he is inheriting a fortune, Arthur tries to join the upper class and considers marrying socialite Miss Walsingham instead of his childhood sweetheart Ann.

Featuring songs such as If the Rain’s Got to Fall and Flash Bang Wallop, What a Picture Half a Sixpence is said to be a colourful, toe-tapping, feel-good show by organisers.

Director, Terry Wheddon, said: “With just a few weeks to go we can’t wait to get on the stage to perform this absolute classic of musical theatre.

“Rehearsals have been an absolute blast and it’s been even more enjoyable for those of us who remember the society’s production of the show in 1996 – though it is rather worrying how quickly 22 years passes and slightly depressing that some of the cast members for this production weren’t even born.

“Half a Sixpence is the essence of a feel-good show. There are some belting chorus numbers and a great story and we’re sure audiences will love it.”

Tickets are available from www.thecoretheatresolihull.co.uk or by calling the box office on 0121 704 6962.

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