Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock — The Musical, currently running at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre, has set its West End dates. Tickets will go on sale May 25, for performances beginning October 24 prior to an official opening November 14 at the New London Theatre.
The venue was the original London home to Lloyd Webber’s Cats, which ran there for 21 years and set the record for the longest-running musical of all time up to then. (Cats, which is returning to Broadway in July, also originally played at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York, so both Cats and School of Rock will have played at the same theatre in each city.)
It is Lloyd Webber’s first original musical in the West End since the short-lived Stephen Ward in 2013. Unlike on Broadway, where only one set of young actors is required to play the 13 school kids who are taught rock music by their substitute teacher, three full sets are required for London, owing to child employment rules on the number of hours children can work, so a nationwide search is underway to find them.
Based on the 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock 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. It 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 and music supervision by John Rigby. It is being produced in the West End by Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Really Useful Group and Warner Music Group & Access Industries with Madeleine Lloyd Webber as executive producer.
The Broadway production of School of Rock — The Musical continues at the Winter Garden Theatre, currently booking to February 5, 2017, and a national company will launch a U.S tour in the fall of 2017.
To book tickets, which go on sale May 25 and are initially booking through February 12, 2017, contact the box office on 0844 811 0052 or visit SchoolOfRockTheMusical.co.uk.