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
★★★★ The Sunday Times
★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ The Independent
★★★★ The Observer
★★★★ The Financial Times
Important NotesFinal performance: 29 October 2016.
Theatre InformationHarold Pinter Theatre
Address: 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
Nearest Underground: 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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