School of Rock Makes London Premiere Today

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is playing at the same theatre where Cats opened 35 years ago.
David Fynn and <i>School of Rock </i>Kids
David Fynn and School of Rock Kids

Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical, School of Rock, which premiered on Broadway in 2015, is to make its official West End bow November 14, following previews that began October 24.

It is running at the New London Theatre where 35 years ago Cats received its world premiere.

School of Rock was the first of Lloyd Webber's musicals since Jesus Christ Superstar in 1971 to premiere on Broadway ahead of the West End.

Comedy star David Fynn will star as Dewey Finn, the role made famous on film by Jack Black and originated on Broadway by Alex Brightman, a man who poses as a substitute school teacher and teaches the fifth graders in his charge to form a rock group to conquer the Battle of the Bands.

Fynn has appeared on TV in The Inbetweeners, Sherlock and Game of Thrones, and is a series regular in Pete vs Life for Channel 4 and Undateable for NBC/Comedy Central. Onstage 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.

Also in the adult cast are 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.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 811 0052 or visit

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