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Sunny Afternoon: The Kinks Musical

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Address: 6 Panton Street | Harold Pinter Theatre, London SW1Y 4DN, England
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The West End’s most celebrated show is now winner of the 2015 Olivier Award...

The West End’s most celebrated show is now winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for BEST NEW MUSICAL.

SUNNY AFTERNOON also won Oliviers for Best Actor (John Dagliesh),

Best Supporting Actor (George Maguire), and Outstanding Achievement in Music (Ray Davies).

 

With Music and Lyrics by Ray Davies, a new Book by Joe Penhall and Direction by Edward Hall, SUNNY AFTERNOON depicts the rise to stardom of THE KINKS. Set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s, this production explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations.

 

THE KINKS exploded onto the 60’s music scene with a raw, energetic new sound that rocked a nation. But how did that happen, where exactly did they come from and what happened next?

 

This ‘Great British Musical’ (The Times) features many of the band’s hits, including:

YOU REALLY GOT ME, WATERLOO SUNSET, DEDICATED FOLLOWER OF FASHION,

ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT, LOLA, SUNNY AFTERNOON and many more.

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Fab, Fab, Fab

Not a great lover if musicals my friend and I caught Sunny Afternoon in Llandudno on Friday. It was fabulous, obviously with such brilliant material, lyrics and songs to work with... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not a great lover if musicals my friend and I caught Sunny Afternoon in Llandudno on Friday. It was fabulous, obviously with such brilliant material, lyrics and songs to work with the cast had it all going for them and they really caught the atmosphere of the 60's. I Was there and do remember!! Go and see the show.

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North Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Saw this show last night in Llandudno. I cannot recommend it highly enough. The acting,singing,dancing,musicianship- just brilliant. I am a fan of 60's music, but didn't really know the full kinks story. Everybody was up on their feet at the end. Left the theatre buzzing!

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Thank John O
Caernarfon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a show, and what talented performers. You could really believe you were watching the Davies brothers - musically and character-wise spot on. To the people complaining that there was too much script - go and see a Kinks tribute band. Though I doubt you'd find one this good. And the acapella performance of "Days" was superb.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We all loved this show even the men who hate musicals ?! Full of energy great story cast amazing Lots if great songs to sing along to. Can not recommend enough !

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Thank essex1london
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this musical last night at empire theatre Liverpool ,was apprehensive about going but it was excellent good to have a story with it at times very funny ,the two who played Ray and Dave Davies were excellent very well cast ,would see it again enjoyed it so much well done all of the cast

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband (was a teenager in the '60s, saw The Kinks, lived the life) and I (was a child in the '60s) took my mother (aged 81) to see Sunny Afternoon in Oxford. She was a young mother in the '60s and tells us she was too busy looking after children to have known any of the music. She wasn't... More 

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Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Heard one or two negative reviews about this show but we shouldn't have worried because it was fantastic from start to finish.Great music and acting,both funny and moving.Tremendous night with everyone up dancing and singing in the end.If you are a fan of the kinks don't miss it!!.

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Thank Julie R
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is more a play with music slotted in. Actors/musicians good but too much dialogue for me and i had a job to understand it. However the last 10 mins were good when they belted out the hits. Cant understand why it's raved about. Saw it at Oxford New Theatre.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a show! Saw in Oxford at the Saturday matinée. Ultra talented performers, moving and funny. Not to be missed!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not a fan of musicals but I thought that the show was brilliant. (My husband bought the tickets) The cast are extremely talented and acted, sang and played instruments superbly. I saw the show in Oxford.

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