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Half A Sixpence - The Original Demo Recordings

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Half A Sixpence - The Original Demo Recordings
Half A Sixpence - The Original Demo Recordings


'Half A Sixpence' is considered one of the most iconic and enduring British musicals of the 20th Century. The previously unreleased 'Half A Sixpence' Demo Recordings have been digitally remastered from the studio master tapes. All tracks make their debut on CD.

The musical adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel 'Kipps' featured music and lyrics by David Heneker and book by Beverley Cross and opened at London's Cambridge Theatre in March 1963 starring Tommy Steele as Arthur Kipps. On March 13th 1962 (exactly one year before the show opened in the West End) the studio demo recordings for 'Kipps' (the then working title for the show) were recorded at London's Olympic Studios. Featuring on the demo recordings were Tommy Steele, Rita Williams, Roy Sone (Tommy Steele's understudy in the Original London production), Joanna Rigby and writers David Heneker and Beverley Cross.

Backed by the Kenny Powell Trio, the studio demos effectively capture the magic of David Heneker's classic score and feature many of the stand out numbers from the musical including "If The Rain's Got To Fall", "Money To Burn" and "Half A Sixpence". The recordings also highlight several songs which would later be cut from the show and provide a fascinating insight into the development of the musical.

Stewart Nicholls, Theatre Director and Archivist for the David Heneker Estate comments:

"These rare demonstration recordings for "Half A Sixpence" were discovered in perfect condition in the garage of Composer David Heneker's family house in deepest Wales - and hadn't been played for 55 years! They were recorded in March 1962 (exactly a year to the date prior to the show opening in the West-End) and unveil the delicious charm of the original Heneker score as well as displaying an unusual insight into the development of a 1960s British Musical. Hearing the writers and the original star, Tommy Steele, work through the score at such an early - yet polished - stage is as enlightening as it is charming".


  1. Name
  2. Ladies Wear
  3. Mr. Shalford's Drapery Emporium
  4. All In The Cause of Economy
  5. Half A Sixpence
  6. We Don't Like Not To Be Engaged
  7. If You Dress Like Mr. Pearce
  8. Pure Coincidence
  9. Money To Burn
  10. The Oak and the Ash
  11. She's Too Far Above Me
  12. I'm Not Talking to You
  13. If The Rain's Got To Fall
  14. The Old Military Canal
  15. The One Who's Got Away
  16. Long Ago
  17. How Fashionable and Amusing
  18. I'll Build A Palace / I Only Want A Little House
  19. I'll Build A Palace / I Only Want A Little House (Reprise)
  20. How Fashionable and Amusing
  21. I Don't Believe A Word Of It
  22. Flash Bang Wallop
  23. Long Ago
  24. Half A Sixpence
  25. She's Too Far Above Me
  26. If The Rain's Got To Fall
  27. Beverley Cross Narrates 'Half A Sixpence'
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