Half A Sixpence

Half a Sixpence was based on H.G. Wells’s novel Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul. Arthur Kipps, an orphan who inherits a fortune, climbs the social ladder before losing everything and realizing that you just can’t buy happiness.

The novel is somewhat autobiographical, being inspired by the rapid changes in Wells’s own life when his early novels brought him financial security.
David Heneker wrote both music and lyrics. The show was originally written as a star vehicle for pop star Tommy Steele – indeed, Steele’s character appeared in 12 of the show’s 15 musical numbers.

Cast & Creative

Cast List

Character Actor
Kipps Mark Fallon
Ann Annie Morwood
Sid Tony Smith
Buggins Anthony Chalmers
Pearce Edz Barrett
Flo Jan Croxson
Kate Louise Ellard
Victoria Sarah Perkins
Emma Helen Donald
Shalford Laurence Keal
Carshot Tony Makepeace
Chitterlow Chris Storer
Mrs Walsingham Angela Sturgeon
Mrs Botting Barbara Thomas
Helen Walsingham Lizzie Brignall
Young Walsingham Paul Turnbull
Dancers Veronica Callow
Dancers Cathy Hough
Dancers Wendy Howard
Dancers Kate Leader
Dancers Hamilton Faber
Dancers Jeremy Rye
Dancers Rob Spurgeon
Chorus Rebecca Brown
Chorus Suzy Deal
Chorus Marion Mclaren
Chorus Guy Pearson
Chorus Barbara Thomas
Teenagers Jonathan Raynham
Teenagers Samantha Raynham
Teenagers Emma Taylor
Teenagers Lee Thomas
Dressed Crew Jane Bean
Dressed Crew Peter Czaja
Dressed Crew Helen Smith
Dressed Crew Eric Williams

Creative Team

Role Name
Director Wesley Henderson Roe
Musical Director Philip Shute
Choreographer Melanie Edwards
Production Manager Claire Williams
Stage Manager Peter Czaja
Sound Recording Stuart Vaughan
Sound Operation Stuart Costigan
Lighting Design Mike Bradbury
Costumes Suzy Deal
Staging Design Wesley Henderson Roe
FOH Manager Clare Henderson-Roe

Show Date: August 2001

Venue: Minack Theatre

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