Rock on! School of Rock Musical rolls into West End

Bookings have opened for for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End production of School of Rock – The Musical, which is currently playing on Broadway.

The West End production is previewing at the New London Theatre from October 24, with opening night on November 14.

Bookings are being taken up to February 12, 2017.

Based on the 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock features music from the movie, as well as new music written by Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater.

Lloyd Webber is the composer of some of the world’s best known musicals including Cats, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard.

Slater co-created Disney’s 2010 hit Tangled and the musicals Sister Act and The Little Mermaid.

The book is by actor, writer, director and producer Julian Fellowes, who is best known for the television series Downton Abbey.

A nationwide search is under way to find three teams of 13 young performers who will join the cast on stage each night.

The musical tells the story of wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious private 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.

School of Rock –The Musical received its world premiere at New York’s Winter Garden Theatre in November last year and has received 20 Broadway Theatre Awards nominations.

Jack Black, who played the role of Dewey in the original film, met the US cast recently and declared the show “a Broadway masterpiece”.