About the showThe Hampstead Theatre has another hit on their hands as The Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon transfers to the West End. Having received huge acclaim throughout its time at the Harold Pinter, the show will conclude its momentous run at the end of October 2016, so don't miss one of your last chances to see it.
Sunny Afternoon received a showering of five star reviews from the critics when it played its world premiere to sold out audiences at the Hampstead Theatre in 2014, sparking this well deserved West End transfer to the Harold Pinter theatre. Since transferring the show has gone from strength to strength receiving four Olivier Awards at the 2015 ceremony including Best New Musical.
Set between the 1950’s and 1960’s the musical tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and The Kinks rise to fame, it charts the band’s highs and their lows from their invasion of America to their subsequent banning. The show features music and lyrics by Ray Davis the co-founder and lead singer of The Kinks and is interspersed with all The Kinks hits. The Kinks were one of the most influential rock groups of all time and responsible for such hits as “You Really Got Me”, “Lola”, “Waterloo Sunset” and of course “Sunny Afternoon”.
The musical is directed by The Hampstead’s Artistic Director Edward Hall whose recent directing successes include sell out show Raving at the Hampstead and Chariots of Fire at the Hampstead and West End. Hall is also the Artistic Director of all male Shakespeare company Propeller.
The show features a book by Joe Penhall who won an Olivier Award for Best New Play for Blue/Orange which played at the National Theatre in 2000 and starred Bill Nighy, Andrew Lincoln and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Other works for the stage include Birthday and Haunted Child at the Royal Court. Penhall has also written screen plays for The Road and Enduring Love.
The show is choreographed by Adam Cooper and features a design by Miriam Buether.
The principal cast members who were highly praised for their performances reprise their roles including John Dagleish as Ray Davies, George Maguire as Dave Davies, Ned Derrington as Pete Quaife and Adam Sopp as Mick Avory.
Sunny Afternoon opened at the Harold Pinter Theatre on the 4th of October 2014. Don't miss this Olivier Award winning musical, as it is scheduled to close at the end of October 2016, concluding its hugely popular run.