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Sunny Afternoon extends booking period to 29 Oct 2016
Multi-Olivier Award-winning British musical, Sunny Afternoon, a biographical show based on the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to fame of his band The Kinks, has extended its booking period to 29 October 2016.
The production opened at the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre on 28 October 2014, following previews from 4 October 2014 and was the best performing show at the 2015 Olivier Awards, winning: Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical (John Dagleish), Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (George Maguire) and Outstanding Achievement in Music (Ray Davies of The Kinks).
This summer will also see the 50th anniversary of the release of The Kinks' hit single "Sunny Afternoon", which was released on 3 June 1966 and reached Number One on 7 July 1966 - just as England were winning the football World Cup.
Sunny Afternoon features music and lyrics by Ray Davies, Book by Joe Penhall and an original story by Ray Davies. It is directed by Edward Hall and produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman with Greg Ripley-Duggan for Hampstead Theatre Productions.
The cast of Sunny Afternoon currently includes Danny Horn (Ray Davies), Oliver Hoare (Dave Davies), Tom Whitelock (Pete Quaife), 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.
The creative team behind the productions features musical direction by Elliott Ware, scenic design by Miriam Buether, choreography by Adam Cooper, lighting by Rick Fisher and sound design by Matt McKenzie.
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 musical is set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s, and explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations.