ADC Theatre
Thu 28 May - Sat 6 June
Festival Players

KIPPS - The New Half a Sixpence Musical

Julian Fellowes, George Stiles & Anthony Drewe

A brand new version of the enduring classic: “Kipps” is “Half a Sixpence” but with even more Flash-Bang-Wallop!

Arthur Kipps is an over-worked draper’s assistant at the turn of the last century. He is a charming but ordinary young man who dreams of a better and more fulfilling world, but when he unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society, it confuses everything he thought he knew about life.

Watching him wrestle with his new identity is his childhood companion and not-quite girlfriend, Ann Pornick, who sees with dismay how Arthur is being made over in a new image by the beautiful and classy Helen Walsingham. Which path will Arthur take? With the help of his friends, Arthur learns that if you want to have the chance of living the right life, you need to make the right choices.

This is the 2016 revival version which took the West End by storm with dazzling showmanship and amazing song and dance numbers. The new book is by Julian Fellowes (Mary Poppins, Downton Abbey, School of Rock) and a brilliantly infectious new score by Stiles and Drewe (Mary Poppins, Honk!, Betty Blue Eyes) imbue the original and much loved music, with a joyous verve. Including “If The Rain’s Got to Fall”, “The Joy of the Theatre”, “Pick Out a Simple Tune” and, of course “Flash, Bang, Wallop!”


Thu 28 May at 7:45pm
Fri 29 May at 7:45pm
Sat 30 May at 7:45pm
Tue 2 June at 7:45pm
Wed 3 June at 7:45pm
Thu 4 June at 7:45pm
Fri 5 June at 7:45pm
Sat 6 June at 2:30pm
Sat 6 June at 7:45pm


ADC Theatre


THU 28 MAY £10–£13, TUE/WED/THU £12–£14, FRI/SAT £13–£15

The ADC Theatre is Britain's oldest University playhouse, today administered and maintained by the University of Cambridge. Plays have been presented on the site since 1855, when the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club (CUADC) was founded, and the society met and performed in the back room of the Hoop Inn, which stood almost exactly where the ADC Theatre stands today.  Today, the ADC Theatre is the centre of University drama in Cambridge, run almost entirely by students with no Faculty involvement. 


When you arrive at the ADC Theatre, there are power assisted doors to the Box Office. In the foyer there is a lift which leads up to the bar and auditorium. The accessible toilet is located on the ground floor across the foyer. 

The ADC Theatre is conveniently located near the Park Street Car Park, which has 7 disabled parking bays.

If you are booking a wheelchair seat in the ADC auditorium for the first time, please call the Box Office on 01223 300085 or email We will then alter the permissions of your ADC account so that you can access the wheelchair seats on our website when you book in the future. 

Complimentary tickets are available for full-time carers.

The ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom is fitted with an infra-red audio system designed to help deaf and hard of hearing patrons. If you are using the system for the first time, please arrive early and seek advice from our Front of House team.

Assistance dogs are welcome in both of our venues. Please call the Box Office or email the above address when booking to ensure you are seated appropriately.


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28 May 7:45pm 7:45pm Buy tickets
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6 June 2:30pm 2:30pm Buy tickets
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