Sunny Afternoon

Sunny Afternoon at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Harold Pinter Theatre, London

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Sunny Afternoon, the hit musical based on the songs of The Kinks, playing at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre.

Sunny Afternoon is a joyous musical based on the legendary Sixties band The Kinks and features all their greatest hits.

The show tells the extraordinary story and rise to stardom of The Kinks and their front-man Ray Davies – from their meteoric rise to pop supremacy in Sixties Britain, to taking on America and then being banned from the country.

Featuring music and lyrics by Ray Davies, a book by award-winning playwright Joe Penhall (Blue/Orange) and direction by Edward Hall, Sunny Afternoon explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations.

As sunny and joyous a musical as you could hope for in the West End.

Sunny Afternoon runs until 29 October 2016 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.


Danny Horn (Doctor Who; The Dead Dogs) plays Ray Davies, with Oliver Hoare (Antony and Cleopatra, Chichester) as Dave Davies, Tom Whitelock (Times Square Angel, Union) as bassist Pete Quaife and Damien Walsh (Dreamboats and Petticoats) as drummer Mick Avory. At certain performances, the role of Ray Davies will be played by Ryan O’Donnell (Romeo and Juliet, RSC; Quadrophenia).
Cast includes: 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.


Music And Lyrics by Ray Davies, Book by Joe Penhall, Original Story by Ray Davies, Directed by Edward Hall

Ray Davies, co-founder and lead singer of The Kinks, is one of the great innovators of British rock music, and one of our most distinctive songwriters.

Playwright and screenwriter Joe Penhall won the Lawrence Olivier Award for Best New Play for Blue/Orange at The National Theatre. Other plays include Birthday and Haunted Child at The Royal Court. Screenplays include The Road and Enduring Love.

Edward Hall is Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director. His directing credits at Hampstead include the sell-out hits Chariots of Fire and Raving. He is also the Artistic Director of the award-winning company Propeller.


★★★★★ “Pop lovers would be mad to miss it” Telegraph
★★★★★ “You really got me” Daily Mail
★★★★★ Daily Express
★★★★★ Mail on Sunday
★★★★ Times
★★★★ The Sunday Times
★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ The Independent
★★★★ The Observer
★★★★ The Financial Times


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Important Notes

Final performance: 29 October 2016.

Venue Information

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y 4DN
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 88, 91, 94, 139, 159, 176, 453

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15 thoughts on “Sunny Afternoon at the Harold Pinter Theatre”

  1. Patricia Geargeoura

    Fabulous show with amazing finale. And sitting behind the gorgeous Ben Aldridge and Ruby Bentall made it even more enjoyable! 🙂

  2. 8/10/14
    What a fantastic show,to relive our teens all over again.Great songs and some excellent performances.Thank all the crew for a great afternoon.

  3. Went on the opening night what made it so great was that Dave Davies was 4 rows in front of us .Brilliant show will see it again in the new year

  4. Was there on 4th Oct, go and see this show, it was just fantastic, loved it. Good to have a storyline together with great cast and music x

  5. Excellent show at the Harold Pinter theatre on the opening night. Dazzling full of energy and a great story would love to see it again. The Songs and acting were brilliant. Most enjoyable evening

  6. Brilliant show at the Harold Pinter Theatre full of energy didn’t want it to end By far the best pop musical ever. Received a well deserved standing ovation can’t wait to see it again This show must run and run

  7. A well earned reward for of the greatest songwriter/storytellers of our time. I saw the show in Hampstead and cannot wait to see it again.

  8. Simon van den Bergh

    Have seen the musical in Hampstead Theatre, magnificent!
    Fully deserved and can’t wait to come over from Holland to
    watch it again for more times!

  9. Brilliant show… to see it only once at Hampstead, can’t wait to see it again, was so, so very good in every way.
    Hope the cast comes with it, they were ALL so good!!!

  10. George Karageorgis

    this show will be the talk of the town..well done to all involved with sunny afternoon..the hard work and imagination truly stands out..this is a theatrical masterpiece!!

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