A brand new version of the enduring classic: “Kipps” is “Half a Sixpence” but with even more Flash-Bang-Wallop!
Arthur Kipps is an over-worked draper’s assistant at the turn of the last century. He is a charming but ordinary young man who dreams of a better and more fulfilling world, but when he unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society, it confuses everything he thought he knew about life.
Watching him wrestle with his new identity is his childhood companion and not-quite girlfriend, Ann Pornick, who sees with dismay how Arthur is being made over in a new image by the beautiful and classy Helen Walsingham. Which path will Arthur take? 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.
This is the 2016 revival version which took the West End by storm with dazzling showmanship and amazing song and dance numbers. The new book is by Julian Fellowes (Mary Poppins, Downton Abbey, School of Rock) and a brilliantly infectious new score by Stiles and Drewe (Mary Poppins, Honk!, Betty Blue Eyes) imbue the original and much loved music, with a joyous verve. Including “If The Rain’s Got to Fall”, “The Joy of the Theatre”, “Pick Out a Simple Tune” and, of course “Flash, Bang, Wallop!”