Sunny Afternoon, The Harold Pinter Theatre

Harold Pinter Theatre, London
Sunny Afternoon
Harold Pinter Theatre, London
Our Review 4 / 5
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Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for BEST NEW MUSICAL, with Music and Lyrics by Ray Davies (Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music), a new Book by Joe Penhall and Direction by Edward Hall, SUNNY AFTERNOON depicts the rise to stardom of THE KINKS.

Set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s, this production explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations.

THE KINKS exploded onto the 60’s music scene with a raw, energetic new sound that rocked a nation. But how did that happen, where exactly did they come from and what happened next?

This ‘Great British Musical’ (The Times) features many of the band’s hits, including:

YOU REALLY GOT ME, WATERLOO SUNSET, DEDICATED FOLLOWER OF FASHION,

ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT, LOLA, SUNNY AFTERNOON and many more.

 

 

Featuring some of The Kinks’ best-loved songs, including You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset and Lola, Sunny Afternoon marks the 50th Anniversary year of the band’s debut release. The Kinks exploded onto the 60s music scene with a raw, energetic new sound that rocked a nation. But how did that happen, where exactly did they come from and what happened next? Set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s, this production explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations.

Opening date |
28th October 2014
Booking from |
29th October 2016
Available until |
29th October 2016
Run time |
2 hours 40 minutes
Categories |
Recommended for 12+ due to strong language. Children under 5 years and babes in arms will strictly not be admitted.
By:
Book by Joe Penhall, Original story by Ray Davies
Producer:
Sonia Friedman Productions with Greg Ripley-Duggan for Hampstead Theatre Productions
Director:
Edward Hall
Songs by:
Music and Lyrics by Ray Davies
Lighting:
Rick Fisher
Sound:
Matt McKenzie
Design:
Miriam Buether
Choreography:
Adam Cooper
Cast list:
Danny Horn (Ray Davies), Oliver Hoare (Dave Davies), Tom Whitelock (Pete Quaife) and Damien Walsh (Mick Avory), Niamh Bracken, Christopher Brandon, Jason Baughan, Harriet Bunton, Alice Cardy, Oliver Hoare, Danny Horn, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Jay Marsh, Megan Leigh Mason, Ryan O'Donnell, Stephen Pallister, Charlie Tighe, Gabriel Vick, Damien Walsh and Tom Whitelock
Other info:
Musical Direction by Elliott Ware

Harold Pinter Theatre Venue Information

Address:
Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
Nearest tube:
Piccadilly Circus

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Our Review of Sunny Afternoon

4/5

When Sunny Afternoon first opened at Hampstead Theatre in May this year, I wrote here that "this sure-fire hit is definitely destined for a further life." And I'm delighted to be proved correct, as it happily (and occasionally very noisily) transfers to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre. The Kinks may not exactly have been the Beatles or the Rolling Stones, but the songs that Ray Davies, their frontman and songwriter, wrote for them are an indelible part of pop history, and... Read more

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