School of Rock

New London (Gillian Lynne)

School of Rock

24 Oct 2016 - 13 Jan 2019

£18.00 - £87.00

Pro reviewers rating
14 reviews

3.9 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

Down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.

Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title starring Jack Black. Transfer from Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre.

Stephen Leask takes over the lead role as part of a cast change on 15 November 2017. The three teams of young performers will continue in their roles. (Reviews are for the original cast)



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“The wildest bunch of swirling, stamping, joyful muppets... Light, joyful, touching, youthful and musically inventive... Lovely.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“A rooty-tooty, rock-pumpin’ effort with not a single, warbling ballad... Ear-splitting and rib-tickling... Fynn is well cast.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Where there were a handful of original songs, now there’s an album’s worth, busting with rare freshness and vitality.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Fast-moving, loud and metal-motivated... Well-nigh irresistible... You'd need a heart of stone not to melt at its sheer joy. ”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Fresh and charming... loud and cheeky, a feelgood experience with a hint of anarchic wildness... An exuberant silliness.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Allows its preteen performers to display their genuine talent... Lloyd Webber’s most exuberant show in years.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Lloyd Webber goes back to his rock roots and produces his freshest musical in years... Tons and tons of heart.”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“The kids are more than alright – in fact, they’re an absolute joy in this ridiculously entertaining new show.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“A gas, a hoot, an unpretentious delight... where this somewhat more innocent Dewey heartily delivers is in comic timing.”

Matt Wolf (Arts Desk)

“A rabble-rousing rock score: Lloyd Webber’s most vivacious for years... The best drilled band of child actors since Matilda.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Lloyd Webber has written the freshest, most exuberant and sheerly enjoyable musical of his career... Fynn’s engaging.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“The kids are really cute... They pluckily howl and strum their way through Lloyd Webber’s undeniably toe-tappin’ song list.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Few of the actors can stay in key all the way through a song... So it’s down to the kids to save the day. And they do, in spades”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Written not just by The Man, but by two of The Lords... The standout number is the title song... imported from the movie.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

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