School of Rock – The Musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Olivier Award-winning West End show today announces that 12 incredibly talented new pint-sized prodigies will be joining the cast of the smash hit show on the second leg of the popular UK and Ireland tour.

Since the tour launched in Hull last September, Jake Sharp has led the adult cast as Dewey Finn in spectacular style having previously performed the role in the West End. Alex Tomkins performs 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, Chris Breistein, Joanna O’Hare, Samuel Haughton, Tom Hext, Harveen Mann, Richard Morse, Annell Odartey, Amy Oxley, Helena Pipe, Michaela Powell, Richard Vorster and Craig Watson.



Meet The New Kids in Class

The new children are: Effie Lennon Ballard (eleven years old from South Derbyshire) who will play Katie, Dereke Oladele (ten years old from South London), Max Ivemey (twelve years old from Hampshire), Aadi Patel (12 years old from Kent) who will all play the role of James; Ruthie Heathcote (nine years old from Woking), Ziana Olarewaju (11 years old from South London) will play Sophie, Kaylenn Aires Fonseca (eleven years old from East London) who will play Billy, Layla Pages (eleven years old from Surrey), Evie Marner (twelve years old from Hertfordshire) and Florence Moluluo (nine years old from Bolton) will play Summer; Tia Isaac (eleven years old from East London), will play Tomika; Liza Deikalo (10 years old from West London) will play Marcy.

The new children will join the current children’s cast who comprise of Eva McGrath (thirteen years old from Birmingham), Emerson Sutton (thirteen years old from the West Midlands), Thomas Harvey (twelve years old from Cheshire) and Isaac Forward (twelve years old from Buckinghamshire) who play Freddy; Daisy Hanna (thirteen years old from Surrey), Ivy Balcombe (nine years old from Surrey) and Ava Masters (eleven years old from Kent)who play Katie; Oliver Forde (twelve years old from London), Angus McDougall (thirteen years old from Buckinghamshire), David Gluhovsky (twelve years old from London) and Oliver Pearce (eleven years old from North Wales)who play Lawrence;  Joseph Sheppard (twelve years old from the West Midlands), Harry Churchill (nine years old from Devon), Hanley Webb (ten years old from Northamptonshire) and William Laborde (twelve years old from Surrey) who play Zack;

Devon Francis (eleven years old from London), who play James; Jemima Newman (nine years old from Bedfordshire) and Inez Danielak (twelve years old from Essex) who play Sophie; Wilf Cooper (twelve years old from Surrey) and Alfie Morwood (ten years from South Wales) who play Billy; Jasmine Djazel (eleven years old from London) and Angel Lucero (eleven years old from London) who play Tomika; Caelan Wallington (eleven years old from Watford), Alex Shotton (twelve years old from Buckinghamshire) and Nesim Adnan (ten years old from Kent) who play Mason; Elodie Salmon (eleven years old from London) and Paris Banyong (nine years old from London) who play Marcy; and Kyla Robinson (eleven years old from Surrey), Eden Anthony (twelve years old from London) and Elisha Kerai (eleven years old from London) who play Shonelle.



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.

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 and sound design by Mick Potter

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 years at the New London Theatre, winning an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

For this production 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.

The show will be at The Orchard Theatre from Mon 23 – Sat 28 May 2022. Pre-show dining is also available before the show. The Orchard Theatre’s Restaurant provides a delicious range of, unique and memorable dishes, using the freshest local produce and prepared daily by the Head Chef.  Reserve your table when booking your show tickets.

To book tickets and for more information visit or call ticket office on 0343 310 0033.