Laughter and song as Petroc students put their take on the musical comedy classic this May

The Half a Sixpence cast are ready to entertain at Petroc from May 22.The Half a Sixpence cast are ready to entertain at Petroc from May 22.

Fresh from Miss Saigon and Made in Dagenham the students of the Theatre Petroc are presenting the evergreen musical Half a Sixpence in a four night run.

The timeless musical comedy classic opens on Monday (May 22) and runs until Thursday, May 25, with shows at 7pm.

It has a new lease of life, through a new version by Warner Brown, featuring all the favourite songs form the film plus new songs from David Heneker’s back catalogue.

A talented team of young performers from across North Devon bring the beloved tale of Arthur Kipps, a young tailor turned gentleman, to life.

Through an amazing score boasting the musical’s most beloved songs including; Flash Bang Wallop and Half a Sixpence, the show will take you on a fast paced rags to riches story.

Director Lee Baxendale said: “This is a good old fashioned musical comedy, performed by our entire cohort and backed by a superb eight-piece orchestra.

“Normally we would perform our musical at the Landmark but took the decision to perform in our own college theatre, which has given us many opportunities to be creative.

“Also, as Kipps is such a large role we have cast two performers in the lead, who will alternate at each performance’

“With a cast of more than 40 this has been no mean feat but has given our students the opportunity to create a full scale production, before they progress to higher education or training.

“Many of the performers involved are taking up places at some of the country’s leading performing arts schools in September so there is a very high standard of performance.”

To book tickets, call the box office on 01271 338120, or visit