Sunny Afternoon

Sunny Afternoon at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Harold Pinter Theatre, London
Booking to 29 October 2016
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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.

THE CAST

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.

CREATIVE TEAM

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.

REVIEWS

★★★★★ “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

 


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 29 October 2016

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Important Notes

Final performance: 29 October 2016.


Venue Information

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, 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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Full casting announced for Sunny Afternoon UK Tour
Casting has been announced for the upcoming tour of Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon. Ryan O’Donnell returns to the production as ‘Ray Davies’ alongside Mark Newnham as ‘Dave Davies’, Garmon Rhys as bassist ‘Pete Quaife’ and Andrew Gallo as drummer ‘Mick Avory’. They are joined by: Jayne Ashley; Victoria Anderson; Nathanael Campbell; Marcelo Cervone; Tomm Coles; Deryn Edwards; Sophie Leigh Griffin; Sam Haywood; James Hudson; Richard Hurst; Cleo Jaeger; James Lorcan; Joseph Richardson; Robert Took; Alex Wadham; Libby Watts; Michael Warburton; Lucy Wilkerson and Lisa Wright. Recipient of four awards at the 2015 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music for Ray Davies, Sunny Afternoon features some of The Kinks’ best-loved songs, including You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset and Lola, and tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks. The UK tour opens at the Manchester Opera House on 19 August 2016 and will then travel to Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Southend, Aylesbury, Sunderland, Glasgow, Torquay, Sheffield, Woking, Aberdeen, Dartford, Stoke On Trent, Southampton, Brighton, Northampton, Cardiff, Nottingham, Oxford, Liverpool, Llandudno, York, Bradford, Bristol, Canterbury and Belfast. Sunny Afternoon will complete its West End run on 29 October 2016 at the Harold Pinter Theatre. CAST RECORDING Purchase the London cast recording of Sunny Afternoon: AMAZON
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Sunny Afternoon announces UK Tour
Sunny Afternoon the hit musical based on The Kinks rise to fame announces UK tour Celebrating its second successful year in the West End, Sunny Afternoon has announced it will embark on its first national tour opening at the Manchester Opera House in August 2016. Directed by Edward Hall, Sunny Afternoon charts the iconic 60’s band The Kinks rise to fame. Featuring some of The Kinks’ best-loved songs, including You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset and Lola, Sunny Afternoon was an instant hit when it premiered at the Hampstead Theatre, receiving critical acclaim when it transferred to the Harrold Pinter Theatre in October 2014.  Purchase the London cast recording of Sunny Afternoon: AMAZON Sunny Afternoon UK Tour Schedule 2016 Manchester Opera House - 19 August 2016 - 27 August 2016 Milton Keynes Theatre - 30 August 2016 – 3 September 2016 New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham - 6 September 2016 – 10 September 2016 Edinburgh Playhouse - 13 September 2016 – 17 September 2016 Southend Cliffs Pavillion – 20 September 2016 – 24 September 2016 Aylesbury Waterside Theatre - 27 September 2016 – 1 October 2016 Sunderland Empire – 4 October 2016 – 8 October 2016 Glasgow Kings Theatre - 11 October 2016 – 15 October 2016 Torquay Princess Theatre -18 October 2016 – 22 October 201 New Victoria Theatre Woking - 1 November 2016 – 5 November 2016 Orchard Theatre, Dartford - 15 November 2016 – 19 November 2016 Stoke Regent Theatre - 29 November 2016 – 3 December 2016 Theatre Royal Brighton - 13 December 2016 – 31 December 2016 2017 Oxford New Theatre - 31 January 2017 – 4 February 2017 Liverpool Empire, Liverpool - 7 February 2017 –11 February 2017 Grand Opera House, York - 21 February 2017 –25 February 2017 Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol - 7 March 2017 –11 March 2017
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Sunny Afternoon Announces New Cast
The multi-award winning hit British musical Sunny Afternoon, which tells the story of The Kinks rise to fame, has announced new casting. Taking over from the award-winning original cast from 5 October 2015 are Danny Horn (Doctor Who; The Dead Dogs) who will play 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). The full 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. Forty-nine years ago this year, The Kinks were sitting at Number One in the UK charts with their single ‘Sunny Afternoon’. Featuring some of The Kinks’ best-loved songs, including You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset and Lola, Sunny Afternoon shows the music of The Kinks is still as popular as ever, more than 50 years since the band’s rise to fame. Olivier Award winner John Dagleish who currently play’s Ray Davies will join the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s Theatre Company and will next appear in Harlequinade and The Winter’s Tale. Sunny Afternoon is currently booking until 16 April 2016 at the Harold Pinter theatre. CAST RECORDING Purchase the London cast recording of Sunny Afternoon: AMAZON  

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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…..got 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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