The cast of the award winning musical which tells the story of The Kinks will be performing live at two events in the London summer music calender.
Coming up first is a performance at the London Music Awards which will take place at the Roundhouse in Camden on the 11th June. The awards, which were organised by the Mayor’s music fund, will also include performances from the likes of Laura Doggett and Belle Chen.
Then fast forward to the 13th September and the cast will be putting on another live performance as part of the OnBlackHeath Festival, sharing the bill with Madness, Kelis and Laura Mvula.
Sunny Afternoon won four awards at this year’s Olivier Awards including: Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical (John Dagleish), Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (George Maguire) and Outstanding Achievement in Music (Ray Davies).
The musical is currently booking until 24th October 2015 at the Harold Pinter Theatre – and looks likely to stay a while longer if the success at the Olivier Awards is any indication!
This production features all of the best loved songs from The Kinks and their career including: ‘You Really Got Me’, ‘Waterloo Sunset’ and ‘Lola’. Cast includes John Dagleish, George Maguire, Ned Derrington and Adam Sopp as The Kinks themselves.
Sunny Afternoon has proved to a big hit with audiences and critics in the West End, following its original première at the Hampstead Theatre. It opened at the Harold Pinter Theatre on the 28th October 2014.
The show is directed by Edward Hall, designed by Miriam Buether and choreographed by Adam Cooper.
I have to admit that it does sound like it is one of the Best British musicals to hit the stage for a long time, succeeding where so many others didn’t (yes I’m still in mourning for From Here to Eternity!). It may take me a while to get around to seeing it (I just have a habit of leaving these things to the last minute – for example I have only been to see Billy Elliot recently) but see it I must!
Have a look at the trailer if you don’t believe me!