Originally seen by some as a way to promote popstar Tommy Steel’s status, STP Musicals are tackling the comedy Half A Sixpence following their continued success with Billy Eliot.
So close are the two productions performing that with some of the cast overlapping between the two, rehearsals have been running back to back.
Jason Curtis, who has produced and directed STP musicals since 2004, said: ‘We have been finishing Billy Eliot and then going straight into Half A Sixpence because there are a few people doing both.
‘Especially because last weekend we went up to London for the London Gala which was an amazing experience.’
Based on H.G. Wells novel Kipps: The Story Of A Simple Soul, Half A Sixpence is the story of an orphan, Arthur Kipps, who unexpectedly inherits a fortune and it changes his whole life.
‘He used to be pretty happy with his girlfriend, even though he had no money,’ Jason explains, ‘and then ended up being with someone he’s not very happy with.
‘He ends up acting like a posh person with a posh girlfriend who he doesn’t really love and it’s a relationship that does nothing for him.’
First performed in the West End in 1963 with popstar Tommy Steele playing Arthur, the musical was mainly used as a vehicle to give him some publicity, with Tommy singing 12 out of the 15 songs.
Jason adds: ‘It’s one that I did many years ago when I was still on stage and it’s a good traditional musical which I enjoyed when we did it previously.
‘It has been modernised a lot now as well and has a lot of new songs. It’s definitely brought it up to date.’
Tickets: £12 Ferneham Hall, Fareham (01329) 231942 or fernehamhall.co.uk.