School of Rock to embark on UK and Ireland show tour

By Jessica Durston - 18 November 2021

Arts and Culture

School of Rock - The Musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit, Olivier Award-winning West End will be travelling around the UK and Ireland.

Shots from Jake Sharp's 'Dewey' photoshoot in Oxford

The tour has already kicked off in Nottingham this month and will finish next year at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre. 

A spokesperson for the event said: "Based on the hilarious hit movie, this new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school.

"There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band – sensationally performed live by the production’s young actors every night with roof-raising energy! While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within."

The full cast for the tour has been announced. Jake Sharp is getting the band back together as it is confirmed that he will lead the cast as Dewey Finn having previously performed the role in the West End. Sharp recently took a visit to one of the tour locations - Oxford - for press interviews and photo opportunities with his guitar.

Alex Tomkins will also perform in the role at certain performances.

They are joined by Rebecca Lock as Rosalie Mullins, Matthew Rowland as Ned Schneebly and Nadia Violet Johnson as Patty Di Marco. The remaining adult cast comprise Ryan Bearpark, James Bisp, Joanna O'Hare, Samuel Haughton,  Tom Hext, Harveen Mann, Richard Morse, Annell Odartey, Amy Oxley, Helena Pipe, Michaela Powell, Richard Vorster and Craig Watson.

One of three talented teams of twelve children will also 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 September. 

School of Rock - The Musical features new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid, Sister Act) and a book by Julian Fellowes. Originally directed by Laurence Connor (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, London Palladium 2019) with choreography by JoAnn M Hunter, set and costume designs by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter and music supervision by John Rigby.  

The full tour schedule is as follows:

Nottingham - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall 16/11/2021 - 20/11/2021

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Oxford - New Theatre 13/12/2021 - 01/01/2022

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Manchester - Palace Theatre 04/01/2022 - 15/01/2022

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Crawley - The Hawth 17/01/2022 - 22/01/2022

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Edinburgh - Edinburgh Playhouse

25/01/2022 - 29/01/2022

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Birmingham - Birmingham Alexandra

31/01/2022 - 05/02/2022

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Milton Keynes - Milton Keynes Theatre

08/02/2022 - 12/02/2022

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Aberdeen - His Majesty's Theatre

15/02/2022 - 19/02/2022

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Ipswich - Regent Theatre

22/02/2022 - 26/02/2022

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Glasgow - Theatre Royal

07/03/2022 - 12/03/2022

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Norwich - Norwich Theatre Royal

15/03/2022 - 19/03/2022

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Wimbledon - New Wimbledon Theatre

21/03/2022 - 26/03/2022

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Newcastle - Theatre Royal

28/03/2022 - 02/04/2022

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Leeds - Leeds Grand Theatre

04/04/2022 - 09/04/2022

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Eastbourne - Congress Theatre

12/04/2022 - 16/04/2022

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Canterbury - Marlowe Theatre

19/04/2022 - 30/04/2022

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Plymouth - Theatre Royal Plymouth

03/05/2022 - 07/05/2022

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Bristol - Bristol Hippodrome

10/05/2022 - 14/05/2022

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Cardiff - Wales Millenium Centre

16/05/2022 - 21/05/2022

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Dartford - The Orchard Theatre

23/05/2022 - 28/05/2022

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Leicester - Curve

30/05/2022 - 04/06/2022

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Northampton - Royal & Derngate

06/06/2022 - 11/06/2022

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Dublinbord - Gais Energy Theatre

21/06/2022 - 02/07/2022

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Liverpool - Liverpool Empire

05/07/2022 - 09/07/2022

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Southampton - Mayflower Theatre

18/07/2022 - 23/07/2022

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Sheffield - Lyceum Theatre

25/07/2022 - 06/08/2022

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Bournemouth - Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

08/08/2022 - 13/08/2022

 

School of Rock - The Musical 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. 

For the production’s first UK and Ireland tour, Christopher Key takes the reigns as Associate Director, Maria Graciano as Associate choreographer and Musical Supervision is by Matt Smith.  Adam Fisher and Stuart Porter complete the team as Associate Sound and Lighting Designers.

The UK & Ireland Tour of School of Rock – The Musical is produced by David Ian for Crossroads Live by arrangement with the Really Useful Group.

Review information:

                                                      ‘The most enjoyable few hours money can buy.'

The Daily Telegraph

 

‘A foot-stomping, deliriously enjoyable fable of freedom and fun.’ 

The Sunday Times

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