Kipps, the new Half a Sixpence, comesto Shaftesbury!


A burst of sunshine comes to Shaftesbury this Summer in the form of Kipps, the new updated Half a Sixpence, reworked by Cameron Mackintosh and Julian Fellowes. Shaftesbury Arts Centre has chosen this joyous musical for its summer show, on at the Arts Centre from 11th to 20th July.
With catchy music and a whirlwind of dance, you’ll walk away afterwards with a smile on your face as you hum the tunes.
Older readers will remember the original starred Tommy Steele as the hero, Arthur Kipps, who worked for a penny-pinching draper. A chance meeting with a stage impresario reveals Arthur Kipps as the heir to a fortune, and he attempts to become a gentleman – in the process falling for the daughter of a customer. His intended love’s brother has his eyes on Kipps’ fortune, of course, and cheats him. Ann, his childhood sweetheart, helps Kipps to see where his true self lies.

With numbers such as If The Rain’s Got To Fall and Pick Out A Simple Tune you will find it hard to decide on a favourite … until the iconic Flash Bang Wallop starts!
The cast of 32 ranges in age from ten to 80 – there are more than 100 costumes, 24 musical numbers and an orchestra under the steady baton of David Grierson. What more could you want?
From 11th to 20th July. Tickets are £15, £12.50 for members and £10 for under 18s, available from Shaftesbury Arts Centre or from the box office 01747 854321, open from 10am to 12.30pm Monday to Saturday.


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