The School of Rock

School of Rock – The Musical

Gillian Lynne Theatre, London

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Winner of the 2017 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music, School of Rock The Musical has truly landed in London’s West End.

Based on the wildly successful 2003 musical comedy film School of Rock starring Jack Black, the show sees wannabee rock-star Dewey Finn take a teaching job in a prestigious school to make ends meet. Discovering the musical talents of his class he enlists them to form a rock group and conquer Battle of the Bands.

Featuring 14 new songs from the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber and all the original songs from the movie, this high-octane smash delivers face-melting guitar riffs and touching romance in equally awesome doses!

School of Rock The Musical is booking until 1 March 2020 at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, London.

What’s the Story?

Down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet.

When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.

Who’s in it? School of Rock Cast

David Fynn reprises his Olivier Award-nominated performance as Dewey Finn, previously originating the role in the West End production. 

Laura Tebbutt plays Rosalie Mullins with Mark Anderson as Ned Schneebly and Rebecca LaChance as Patty Di Marco. The adult cast is completed by Keisha Amponsa BansonRyan BearparkRob FalconerKelly Hampson, Suzie McAdam, Richard MorseJayde NelsonAndy ReesAlex TomkinsJames Wolstenholme and Benjamin Yates.

The kids cast are three teams of twelve kids, who make up Dewey’s band.

Creative Team

School of Rock The Musical features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes.

The production 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 Ethan Popp and hair design by Josh Marquette.

Reviews

★★★★★ ‘The most enjoyable few hours money can buy’ – Daily Telegraph
★★★★ A rabble-rousing musical with a big heart’ – The Guardian
★★★★ Loud and cheeky, with a hint of anarchic wildness’ – Evening Standard


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 1 March 2020

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Venue Information

Gillian Lynne Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW
Nearest Tube or Train: Holborn (Central line, Piccadilly line), Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77A, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68
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‘School of Rock’ musical to close in West End

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock musical will close in London’s West End this March.

Webber’s inventive stage adaptation of the classic Jack Black film opened to critical acclaim at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in October 2016 following a smash hit Broadway premiere at the Winter Garden Theatre in 2015.

School of Rock The Musical will have played over 1400 performance and been seen by over 1.3 million people in London when it completes its run on Sunday 1 March 2020.

The show was applauded for its use of young actor musicians who made up the kids cast of the show who performed the score live on stage. In total over 100 young actor musicians will have performed as part of the cast.

The show will undertake a major UK tour in 2021 with touring productions currently playing in the US and Australia.

Andrew Lloyd Webber further said: “I’ve been thrilled by School of Rock’s success around the world, especially in the West End. I’m very glad that so many kids have seen the show and been inspired to pick up an instrument and take up music after seeing what our young performers do live every night. There are local language productions now planned around the world, and I’m particularly keen to see the Chinese kids band rock out in due course!”

Following School of Rock’s departure from the Gillian Lynne Theatre, owners LW Theatres will carry out internal upgrade work to the building including the addition of more toilets, refurbishment to areas of the auditorium and Front of House, as well as the potential increase in seating capacity on the circle level of the theatre.

Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced the next production will be a new staging of Cinderella

School of Rock – The Musical is booking until 1 March 2020 at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, London.

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School Of Rock to host BBC Children in Need Gala

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Olivier award-winning musical School of Rock will host this year’s BBC Radio 2 Children in Need Gala at the New London Theatre.

The evening will be hosted by Ken Bruce and the carity’s mascot Pudsey, with at least 50% of the proceeds from the Gala going to BBC Children in Need’s 2017 Appeal.

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.

On 6 November 2017, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Oliver award-wining School of Rock will host this year’s BBC Radio 2’s BBC Children in Need Gala at the New London 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. Tickets range from £50 – £140 and are available from schoolofrockthemusical.com.

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 as he turns a class of straight-A students into an ear popping, riff scorching, all conquering rock band!

The new rock musical will welcome a new cast later this month and recently announced its fourth West End extension.

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School of Rock – The Musical is now booking until 13 January 2019 at the New London Theatre.

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David Fynn to star in School of Rock musical

Andrew Lloyd Webber today announced David Fynn will lead the cast in the West End premiere of hit musical School of Rock.

Comedy star Fynn will star as Dewey Finn, most memorably played by Jack Black in the film. Finn’s television credits include The Inbetweeners, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, a series regular in Pete vs Life for Channel 4 and Undateable for NBC/Comedy Central.

On stage he has appeared at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and at the Donmar Warehouse in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

He is joined by Florence Andrews as Rosalie Mullins, Oliver Jackson as Ned Schneebly and Preeya Kalidas as Patty Di Marco.

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 James, Chris Jenkins, Alfie Parker and Charlotte Scott.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “I’m delighted to be bringing School of Rock – The Musical to the West End. As many people know I’m passionate about children engaging with music from an early age, and to that end I cannot wait for UK audiences to see the remarkably talented group of young actor musicians we have found for our production.  They’re currently blowing the roof off our rehearsal rooms working with our wonderful cast of grown-ups led by the hilarious David Fynn.”

The show 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.

School of Rock – The Musical will run from 24 October 2016 at the New London Theatre.

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School of Rock to open at the New London Theatre

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical School of Rock is to receive its UK premiere at the the New London Theatre later this year.

The hit Broadway musical which continues to break box office records at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway will open in the West End on 14 November 2016 with previews from 24 October 2016 at the New London Theatre.

Based on the wildly successful 2003 musical comedy film School of Rock starring Jack Black, the show sees wannabee rock-star Dewey Finn take a teaching job in a prestigious school to make ends meet. Discovering the musical talents of his class he enlists them to form a rock group and conquer Battle of the Bands.

Only a few weeks ago Jack Black attended the Broadway production calling the show “a Broadway masterpiece.”

Lloyd Webber had previously stated the Broadway musical would open in 2017 at the London Palladium however with the sudden announcement that Show Boat would close 4 months early a theatre has obviously become available.

The nationwide search for young performers began in March with a call for open auditions for children who must be eight years old (nine when rehearsals begin), under 5ft tall, resident in the UK and play a musical instrument.  The cast will be made up of three teams of thirteen young performers.

No information on casting has been announced. Tickets will go on sale 25 May 2016.

School of Rock – The Musical will run from 24 October 2016 at the New London Theatre.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber launches open auditions for School of Rock

Andrew Lloyd Webber has launched open auditions to find the next West End stars for his new musical School of Rock.

Lloyd Webber described the move as “a big fishing expedition” and added “We need brilliantly talented children who can act, sing and play rock instruments. In the USA, more than 22,000 kids auditioned and we ended up with a band who can rock out with the best. We have to discover that band in Britain, not just kids who act and sing. Our show depends on it.”

The open auditions will be for child performers, who must be eight years old (nine when rehearsals begin), under 5ft tall and resident in the UK.  See here for more details.

Based on the hugely successful 2003 musical comedy film starring Jack Black, School of Rock  sees a wannabee rock-star take a teaching job to make ends meet. Discovering the musical talents of his class he enlists them to form a rock group and conquer Battle of the Bands.

Lloyd Webber opened School of Rock to great acclaim at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre in 2015; the show has since gone on to break box office records twice. Andrew stated in 2014 that they chose to open the show in the US because the child performance legislation made it easier than the UK.

School of Rock is due to open on 14 November 2016, with preview from 24 October at the New London Theatre.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock transfers to West End

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical School of Rock is to receive its UK premiere when it transfers to the London Palladium in autumn 2016.

The production is based on the hugely successful 2003 musical comedy film, School of Rock starring Jack Black. The show sees wannabee rock-star Dewey Finn take a teaching job in a prestigious school to make ends meet.  Discovering the musical talents of his class he enlists them to form a rock group and conquer Battle of the Bands.

Lloyd Webber confirmed the London transfer at the Broadway opening of School of Rock The Musical which is currently playing at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York.

The composer said “I am thrilled to announce that we are confirming a West End production of School of Rock – The Musical. We have had such a great time in the US staging the world premiere and now that we have opened on Broadway, I am delighted to be focusing on the next chapter in the show’s journey.”

Lloyd Webber chose to open the production on Broadway rather than the West End because of the more relaxed child performance regulations in the US.

No casting details have been announced however this is the perfect role for the West Ends current leading man Killian Donnelly who has originated leading roles in the West End productions of The Commitments, Memphis and is currently starring in the hottest new musical Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre.

School of Rock has music by Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes.

The Broadway production is directed by Laurence Connor, with choreography by JoAnn M Hunter and set and costume design by Anna Louizos.

It is produced by Lloyd Webber for the Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group and Access Industries, the Shubert Organization and the Nederlander Organization.

School of Rock – The Musical will run from 24 October 2016 at the New London Theatre.

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