About the show
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical School Of Rock pounds into the Gillian Lynne Theatre.
School Of Rock – The Musical, makes its West End debut at the Gillian Lynne Theatre following a smash hit run on Broadway. Based on the cult movie of the same name, School Of Rock clocked up 20 theatre award nominations since opening in on Broadway in November 2015. This included four Tony Award nominations.
Richard Linklater directed the original screen version of School Of Rock that premiered in 2003. It starred American actor and musician Jack Black in the lead role of Dewey Finn. An arrogant musician, Finn gets chucked out of his rock band, No Vacancy, and is forced to find work elsewhere. He disguises himself as a supply teacher and lands a job at a prestigious prep school.
Whilst there, Finn discovers his bunch of fifth graders sure know how to play music. Swapping the chalk board for the mixing paddle, he focuses everything on turning them into a fully functioning rock band. And, moreover, one that can win the Battle of the Bands.
School Of Rock has become something of a feel-good classic. Seeing as it was almost a musical in its original format, it’s no surprise it’s become an instance hit on the stage.
The show uses music by the king of musicals, Andrew Lloyd Webber, along with lyrics by Glenn Slater and book by Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey. Laurence Connor, who previously worked on Miss Saigon, The Phantom Of The Opera and Les Misérables, directs.
Stephen Leask leads the London cast as Dewey Finn. He previously appeared in One Man Two Guvnors and Potted Panto in the West End. Florence Andrews, lan Pearson, Michelle Francis and Craig Gallivan are among the adult performers joining him in the cast. But the real stars of the show are the 39 child performers who play the band.
From 22 August, Craig Gallivan replaces Stephen Leask as Dewey Finn, while Laura Tebbutt takes over as Rosalie Mullins. Alan Pearson will take the role of Ned Schneebly, while Michelle Francis plays Patty DiMarco. At some performances, Jake Sharp will play Dewey Finn.
School Of Rock is booking at the Gillian Lynne Theatre until 20 October 2019.