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One of Stage Door's best

PUBLISHED: 16:20 01 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

HALF a Sixpence music and lyrics by David Heneker, book by Beverley Cross, at Felixstowe Spa until Saturday.



IT grows on you. The music's not great and the plot couldn't be more obvious if it tried but the show has got tremendous harm.

HALF a Sixpence music and lyrics by David Heneker, book by Beverley Cross, at Felixstowe Spa until Saturday.

IT grows on you. The music's not great and the plot couldn't be more obvious if it tried but the show has got tremendous harm. It only works, however, if he principals do their stuff well – and here they do.

This is one of Stage Door's best and it is made especially attractive and watchable by Anita Lord's choreography. The dance in numbers like Money to Turn and Flash Bang Wallop is a treat. Lord also directs the whole thing with some style.

Darren Scriven as Kipps, the draper's shop assistant who comes into a fortune and gets ideas above his station is a happy choice. Gawky, foolish and lovable, he fits the part well and sings with confidence ease. He is well-matched by Rachel Foskett as Ann, his on-off girlfriend who has good voice and gets the right amount of feeling into her big song, Know What I Am.

There's great support from Chris Sparrow as Chitterlow the actor/playwright who hams his way deliciously through the show to save Kipps' bacon in the end. But this is very much a complete team effort, everyone weighing in well to make the set pieces with their stunning costumes very easy on the eye. The show is backed by a great orchestra under the baton of David Bolton.

David Henshall.

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