Sunny Afternoon to close October 2016
Olivier Award-winning musical to close in the West End after two years
Producers of the Olivier Award-winning West End musical Sunny Afternoon have announced that the production will close at the end of its current booking period, with its final performance scheduled for 29 October 2016.
The production is set to begin a national tour on 19 August 2016 at the Manchester Opera House.
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).
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.
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.