Sunny Afternoon

Harold Pinter Theatre

Sunny Afternoon

28 Oct 2014 - 29 Oct 2016

£15.00 - £90.00

Pro reviewers rating
9 reviews

4.1 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
2 reviews

3.5 out of 5.0

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 50s and riotous 60s, this new musical explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations. 

This world premiere production has music, lyrics and original story by Ray Davies, and features some of The Kinks’ best-loved songs, including You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset and Lola, Sunny Afternoon.

Telling the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks, it was created to mark the 50th Anniversary year of the band’s debut release, and transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre after a sold-out run at the Hampstead Theatre.

Closes October 29, 2016.


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“I defy anyone to resist it. ”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“A blazing triumph – as guaranteed to transport you to a state of paradisical bliss as the fabled sight of a Waterloo sunset. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Cleverly charts the rise and fall, and rise, etc of one of Britain's most mercurial, and most criminally under-rated bands. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“An outstanding performance...John Dagleish... is totally convincing as the insomniac cockney genius who thinks in music. ”

What's on Stage (Other reviewers)

“It’s hard to praise sufficiently the phenomenal lead performance given by John Dagleish as Ray. ”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Ray Davies' Kinks saga has heart and soul as well as musical brawn. ”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“A British musical of vim and vigour makes a successful transfer. ”

The Stage (Other reviewers)

“A superior jukebox musical that deserves to be a hit. But behind its rough ’n’ ready façade, there’s a sense of calculation. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Devoted Kinks fans will bask in the show’s warmth and energy. ”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

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