Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon extends run before West End opening

Ned Derrington, George Maguire, John Dagleish and Adam Sopp (l-r) in Sunny Afternoon. Photos by Dominic Clemence
Ned Derrington, George Maguire, John Dagleish and Adam Sopp (l-r) in Sunny Afternoon. Photos by Dominic Clemence

Sunny Afternoon, the critically acclaimed new musical which tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks, has extended its run before it has even opened.

The show begins previews at the Harold Pinter Theatre this Saturday.It’s now booking until January 31.

The theatre auditorium will be re-configured for the run of the hit show. In addition to a catwalk thrusting out into the auditorium, audiences will have the opportunity to watch Sunny Afternoon from more than sixty seats at cabaret-style tables in the stalls area.

Sunny Afternoon marks the 50th Anniversary year of the band’s debut release and features some of The Kinks’ best-loved songs, including You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset and Lola.

John Dagleish in Sunny Afternoon - Dominic Clemence (2)

The Kinks exploded onto the ’60s 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?

Set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 1950s and riotous ’60s, the production explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations.

Following a sold-out run at Hampstead Theatre, this world premiere production, with music and lyrics by Ray Davies, new book by Joe Penhall, original story by Ray Davies,
direction by Edward Hall, design by Miriam Buether and choreography by Adam Cooper, will open on 28 October.

The cast of Sunny Afternoon is currently in rehearsals with Ray
Davies and Joe Penhall.

An official cast recording album has been produced by Davies at his Konk studios, and will be released in October on Chrysalis BMG.

The principal cast members remain with the production: John Dagleish plays Ray Davies; George Maguire plays Dave Davies; Ned Derrington plays Pete Quaife and Adam Sopp plays Mick Avory – The Kinks.

The cast also includes: Carly Anderson, Philip Bird, Ashley Campbell, Ben Caplan, Lillie Flynn, Emily Goodenough, Elizabeth Hill, Vince Leigh, Amy Ross, Dominic Tighe and Tam Williams.

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