It’s time to rock out with Dewey and the gang as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning stage adaptation of the hilarious Jack Black movie, School of Rock, kicks off its first ever UK tour right here in Hull.
The West End and Broadway hit musical is heading for Hull New Theatre next month and tells the story of wannabe rock star Dewey Finn (played in the film by Black) who is cast out by his dive-bar bandmates and finds himself in desperate need of cash.
Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite prep school, he exposes his straight-A students to the rock gods he idolises, transforming them into a mind-blowing rock band.
While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock out, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, Miss Mullins, helping her rediscover the wild child within. But, will they all find redemption at the battle of the bands?
Featuring 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie, and a band of immensely talented kids, aged nine to 13, who play live every show, School of Rock will “warm your heart and blow you away in equal measure”, say the promoters.
The touring production of School of Rock will premiere at Hull New Theatre on Tuesday, September 7, running until Saturday, September 18.
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Jake Sharp takes the leading role of Dewey Finn, having previously performed as the lead in the West End, with Alex Tomkins adopting the role for select performances.
They are joined by Rebecca Lock as uptight headmistress Rosalie Mullins, Matthew Rowland as Ned Schneebly and Nadia Violet Johnson as Patty Di Marco.
One of three teams of 12 children will perform live alongside Dewey each night and are currently getting ready to stick it to the man when the bell rings for the new school term in Hull.
Tickets for School of Rock at Hull New Theatre are on sale now; original tickets for the show, rescheduled because of the pandemic, remain valid.
The School of Rock stage show debuted at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre in New York in 2015, and ran for more than three years, picking up four Tony nominations along the way.
It transferred to London in late 2016 and ran for over three year at the New London Theatre, winning an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.
The production’s first UK and Ireland tour is produced by David Ian for Crossroads Live by arrangement with the Really Useful Group.