It has been confirmed today that hit musical Sunny Afternoon is to close in the West End on the 29th October after more than two years in London.
Having won four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Sunny Afternoon transferred to the West End following a sold out run at the Hampstead Theatre in 2014.
Sunny Afternoon tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks. It is directed by Edward Hall and features some of the band’s biggest and best loved songs such as You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset and Lola.
But despite the news, the production will continue to wow audiences in venues across the UK as it embarks on a UK tour from the 19th August.
The cast for the London production includes: Danny Horn (Doctor Who; The Dead Dogs) plays Ray Davies, with Oliver Hoare (Antony and Cleopatra, Chichester) as Dave Davies, Tom Whitelock (Times Square Angel, Union) as bassist Pete Quaife and Damien Walsh (Dreamboats and Petticoats) as drummer Mick Avory. At certain performances, the role of Ray Davies will be played by Ryan O’Donnell (Romeo and Juliet, RSC; Quadrophenia).
Meanwhile, the creative team includes: music and lyrics by Ray Davies, a book by Joe Penhall, designs by Miriam Buether, choreography by Adam Cooper and lighting by Rick Fisher.
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 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?
Sunny Afternoon will play at the Harold Pinter Theatre until the 29th October. To book tickets visit: ATG Tickets, Ticketmaster.co.uk, Discount Theatre.com, Last Minute.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk.