School of Rock Tickets

Gillian Lynne (New London) Theatre 166 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW
Important Info
School Of Rock Child Policy

Ages 5+
Performance Timings
Monday - 19:30
Tuesday - 19:30
Wednesday - 19:30
Thursday 14:30 19:30
Friday - 19:30
Saturday 14:30 19:30
Sunday 15:00 -
Show Info

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Having opened to great acclaim on Broadway in December 2015, School of Rock has landed at the Gillian Lynne Theatre! Featuring a new score from Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, this show invites you to bring your air guitar and unleash your inner rock god! With a book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), the irresistibly funny School of Rock has moments of genuine sincerity, packing an emotional punch alongside enough rollicking guitar riffs to melt your face off! This is combined with the talent of 13 children who form the West End’s first kids rock band, all playing their instruments live on stage – they really can rock! Winning the 2017 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music, London is rocking out to School of Rock!


School Of Rock Synopsis 

Based on the hugely successful 2003 movie, School of Rock tells the story of Dewey Finn, a down-on-his-luck, wannabe rock star. In a moment of madness, Dewey poses as a substitute teacher at Horace Green, a prestigious New York prep school, in order to earn a few extra bucks. With no interest in arithmetic, academia or A-grades, Dewey struggles to fit in at Horace Green – until he discovers his pupils’ musical talents. Creating his own curriculum, Dewey focuses on guitar-shredding, bass-slapping and mic-dropping, and transforms these pint-sized prodigies into a mind-blowing rock band. To fulfil his life-long dream, he enlists the electric ensemble in the Battle of the Bands – but can he get them to win the competition without their disapproving parents and uptight Principal finding out?


School Of Rock Child Policy 

Ages 5+

Important information

Running time
2 Hours and 30 Minutes
Booking Until
Sun, 20 October 2019
Cast

School of Rock Cast

If it’s entertainment you’re looking for, then you’ve come to the right place. Cast aside the remote, it's time to break the routine and fill your days and nights with some excitement. Nothing compares to live entertainment and whatever’s making the world talk, laugh, cry, shout, scream, smile, dance or sing, you’ll find it right here. Each of our tickets guarantees something unforgettable. There’s comedy, drama, opera, dance, pantomime, circus, cabaret and burlesque, as well as a host of concerts and attractions waiting for you to explore. Experience entertainment at its very best, life’s best live.

Having opened to great acclaim on Broadway in December 2015, School of Rock has landed at the Gillian Lynne Theatre! Featuring a new score from Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, this show invites you to bring your air guitar and unleash your inner rock god! With a book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), the irresistibly funny School of Rock has moments of genuine sincerity, packing an emotional punch alongside enough rollicking guitar riffs to melt your face off! This is combined with the talent of 13 children who form the West End’s first kids rock band, all playing their instruments live on stage – they really can rock! Winning the 2017 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music, London is rocking out to School of Rock!

SCHOOL OF ROCK SYNOPSIS
Based on the hugely successful 2003 movie, School of Rock tells the story of Dewey Finn, a down-on-his-luck, wannabe rock star. In a moment of madness, Dewey poses as a substitute teacher at Horace Green, a prestigious New York prep school, in order to earn a few extra bucks. With no interest in arithmetic, academia or A-grades, Dewey struggles to fit in at Horace Green – until he discovers his pupils’ musical talents. Creating his own curriculum, Dewey focuses on guitar-shredding, bass-slapping and mic-dropping, and transforms these pint-sized prodigies into a mind-blowing rock band. To fulfil his life-long dream, he enlists the electric ensemble in the Battle of the Bands – but can he get them to win the competition without their disapproving parents and uptight Principal finding out?


By:
Book by Julian Fellowes
Producer:
The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization, and The Nederlander Organization
Director:
Laurence Connor
Songs by:
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Lighting:
Natasha Katz
Design:
Anna Louizos
Choreography:
JoAnn M. Hunter
Costume:
Anna Louizos
Cast list:
Stephen Leask (Dewey Finn), Alan Pearson (Ned Schneebly), Michelle Francis (Patty Di Marco), Florence Andrews (Rosalie Mullins), Nick Butcher, Cassandra McCowan, Jessica Louise Parkinson, Andy Rees, Cameron Sharp, Jake Sharp, James Smoker, Wendy Somerville, Andrew Spillett, Hannah Stratton and Alex Tomkins with swings, Paul Kemble, Laura Medforth, Billy Mitchell, Tasha Sheridan and Joshua St. Clair. There are three child actors cast in each role, appearing in rotation throughout the 8-show a week performance schedule.
Reviews

School of Rock Critics & Reviews

Critics rating: ****
Average press rating:  ****
Review by:  Mark Shenton

Andrew Lloyd Webber is on another roll right now. The undisputed King of the West End musical has just seen his 1971 show Jesus Christ Superstar win this year's Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical (for the summer revival at the Open Air Theatre that has now announced it is to return there in 2017) and The Phantom of the Opera celebrated its 30th anniversary in the West End last month. Meanwhile, in New York the latter is the longest running musical in Broadway history, and when Sunset Boulevard returns there in February (in the production starring Glenn Close that played at the London Coliseum over the summer), he will once again have four musicals playing simultaneously there, as it joins a revival of Cats and the world premiere production of School of Rock.

The last named was the first of his musicals to be premiered on Broadway ahead of the West End since Jesus Christ Superstar exactly 45 years ago, while next year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. So as Lloyd Webber now brings School of Rock to the West End, it's a pleasure to report that he has not only returned to the youthful dynamism and energy of those earliest shows, but also that he's at last scored a direct hit, in every sense, for the first time in the 23 years since he added Sunset Boulevard to his catalogue.

The years in-between have seen a succession of middling hits and even outright flops, from Whistle Down the Wind and The Beautiful Game to The Woman in White, Love Never Dies and Stephen Ward. But the great thing about Lloyd Webber is that he neither rests of his laurels nor is unafraid to try new things.

Here, pairing up with Downton Abbey screenwriter Julian Fellowes, and at the inspired suggestion of his wife Madeleine Lloyd Webber (who also serves as this show's executive producer), he has adapted a hit 2003 film comedy for the stage, and turned it into his most accessible and enjoyable show in years.

Partly its the exuberance of a tale about kids put over by a cast led by a fantastic company of 13 kids. Jason Robert Brown created a musical called 13, about 13-year-olds, that was entirely played by a cast of that age; here, the pre-teens on display are joined by an adult cast, playing teachers and parents, that creates a bit more balance. Yet, of course, it is the kids who entirely steal the show.

It's based around a fairly simple story in which Dewey Finn, a dishevelled rock guitarist who has just been fired by his band and threatened by eviction from his home, too, 'steals' a job opportunity from his flatmate to be a supply teacher at a posh private prep school by pretending to be him. And when he discovers that his class are musically talented, decides to turn them into a rock band and enters them into a Battle of the Bands contest.

Of course it is all utterly improbable. Yet the fiction is delightfully maintained in Julian Fellowes's witty, knowing book, and Lloyd Webber brilliantly seizes he opportunity to return to his rock roots with a score that, like parts of Jesus Christ Superstar, relishes in loud rock riffs. That are played with furious intensity by a band of kids -- who all play live, albeit supported by a 7-piece live adult band, situated on a high platform stage left, conducted by Matt Smith -- gives it added pleasure. You cannot fail to be charmed and exhilarated, by turns.

Lloyd Webber has recently made an impressive public investment in the promotion of music education in schools, with his foundation donating £1.4m to the Music in Secondary Schools Trust that is enabling nearly 4,000 students to receive free instruments and tuition. Of course, he could simply be investing in training up future cast members for this show.

Be that as it may, the show also has a splendid adult cast, with Dewy Finn wonderfully played by the the coincidentally named David Fynn, Florence Andrews as the uptight head teacher Rosalie Mullins, and Oliver Jackson and Preeya Kalidas, as Dewey's unwilling flat mates.

The adult cast also includes Jonathan Bourne, Joel Montague, Michael Francis, Rosanna Hyland, Cassandra McCowan, Andy Rees, Lucy Vandi and Nadeem Crowe as various teachers and parents. (Impressively, Crowe's CV also states that he is also a doctor in internal and geriatric medicine at the Royal Free Hospital; how many West End ensembles can boast a working doctor amongst them?)

This is a show that is above all a lot of fun. I watched it beaming throughout.

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What the Press Said...

"This is Lloyd Webber’s most exuberant show in years and, at a time of general gloom, is dedicated to the great cause of cheering us all up."
Michael Billington for The Guardian

"The most enjoyable few hours money can buy."
Dominic Cavendish for The Telegraph

"David Fynn is bliss as Dewey. In a performance of explosive energy and scapegrace charm."
Paul Taylor for The Independent

"The exuberant silliness of this fresh and charming musical feels like a seasonal tonic."
Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard

External links to full reviews from popular press
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Venue Info

Gillian Lynne (New London) Theatre

166 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW

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Access description: No steps through double swing doors into the foyer. Box Office to the right with lowered counter. Escalator up from the main foyer to the mezzanine level and then a further 32 steps up to the Stalls, or 41 to the rear Stalls. 65 steps up to the Dress Circle (3 steep steps between rows). Venue is carpeted throughout and all staircases are highlighted with handrails on either side.

Sound Amplification: Infra-red system with 6 headsets and 2 neckloops. Headsets can be collected from the front desk. Deposit required. Occasional sign language interpreted performances – check with Box Office.

Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are not allowed into the auditorium, however staff are happy to dog-sit (maximum of 2 guide dogs per performance) in the management office.

Disabled Access: No steps to the Stalls area of the auditorium, via a lift (for disabled patrons only) inside the stage door on Parker Mews. Please ask a member of Front of House Staff to accompany you. There is a steep ramp over 2 steps to the lift entrance (58cm wide). From the lift there are 2 swing doors via the backstage area into the auditorium. There are 2 spaces for a wheelchair users at S1 and S2 in the Stalls, companions can sit next to you. Scooter users can access the main foyer, but have to transfer to the theatre's wheelchair to access the auditorium. A maximum of 1 scooter and 2 wheelchair transfer spaces available to aisle or rear stall seats. Wheelchairs will be stored in the Green Room, scooters in foyer.

Toilets: Toilets at foyer (level access), Stalls and Dress Circle level.

Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilet en route from the lifts to the auditorium.

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