Harold Pinter Theatre, London
Sunny Afternoon - Harold Pinter Theatre, London
Age Restriction: Recommended 12+ for content though 5+ allowed admittance
Important Information: The show is recommended as age 12+ for content as there is some strong language as well as references to sex and drugs. Minimum age for entry is 5+. The show is also quite loud, so some customers may prefer to avoid the very front of the Stalls.
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The West End is well known for featuring an array of jukebox musicals showcasing the songs of hit bands alongside a memorable story, and in a year that saw the closure of one popular show – We Will Rock You (which closed at the Dominion Theatre in May 2014) – sees the arrival of another – Sunny Afternoon. Whereas the former focused on an original story set to the songs of Queen, the latter is a brand new musical that chronicles the journey of The Kinks in the 1960s, with many of their well known songs making their way to the stage as well. It joins other shows in the capital with a similar theme, from Jersey Boys to Let It Be.
Sunny Afternoon was first seen by audiences at the Hampstead Theatre in the first half of 2014 and makes the transition to the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre with its impressive cast in tow. This includes John Dagleish as Kinks frontman Ray Davies alongside George Maguire as his brother Dave, with Ned Derrington and Adam Sopp completing the band’s line-up alongside supporting cast members like Carly Anderson, Philip Bird, Ben Caplan, Lillie Flynn, Emily Goodenough, Vince Leigh, Amy Ross, Dominic Tighe and Tam Williams.
With Ray Davies classic songs making up the musical numbers, Joe Penhall has penned the book of the production and Edward Hall directs.
The story is a biographical one, charting the time towards the middle of the twentieth century between the 1950s and 1960s when The Kinks emerged with their debut album and progressed into a career that marked them as one of the biggest bands of the decade. Their music is still remembered to this day and Sunny Afternoon shows how these North Londoners conquered audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with albums like Kinks and Kinda Kinks, among others.
Performer John Dagleish has appeared in numerous television programmes during his career, in addition to the movie Te Monument’s Men, and these range from the likes of Truckers, Starlings and Siblings to the popular Lark Rise To Candleford. However, he has also made his mark on the stage and in addition to Sunny Afternoon at the Hampstead Theatre he previously appeared in The Mother at the Royal Court Theatre and the likes of Richard III for the Drama Centre.
Replacing The Importance Of Being Earnest, Sunny Afternoon runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre from Tuesday 28th October 2014 (previews from Saturday 4th October 2014).
Show & Venue InformationHarold Pinter Theatre
Thursday, 01 January 2015
Tuesday, 12 January 2016
2 hours 40 minutes including one interval