While the multi-Olivier award winning musical continues to play for London audiences in the West End, casting has been confirmed for the UK tour, which opens at the Manchester Opera House on the 19th August.
Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the hit musical looks at the life and career of The Kinks, featuring some of their biggest hits such as ‘Lola’, ‘You Really Got Me’ and ‘Waterloo Sunset’.
The touring production will star Ryan O’Donnell as ‘Ray Davies’, with Mark Newnham as ‘Dave Davies’, Garmon Rhys as bassist ‘Pete Quaife’ and Andrew Gallo as drummer ‘Mick Avory’. They are joined by: Jayne Ashley; Victoria Anderson; Nathanael Campbell; Marcelo Cervone; Tomm Coles; Deryn Edwards; Sophie Leigh Griffin; Sam Haywood; James Hudson; Richard Hurst; Cleo Jaeger; James Lorcan; Joseph Richardson; Robert Took; Alex Wadham; Libby Watts; Michael Warburton; Lucy Wilkerson and Lisa Wright.
More venues for the 2017 part of the tour have also been announced including: Venue Cymru, Llandudno (14 February – 18 February); Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin (21 March – 25 March); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (4 April – 8 April); Theatre Royal Norwich (11 April – 15 April); Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton (18 April – 22 April) and Grand Opera House, Belfast (2 May – 6 May).
Sunny Afternoon features music and lyrics by Ray Davies with a book by Joe Penhall. The production is directed by Edward Hall and designed by Miriam Buether with choreography by Adam Cooper.
The musical originally opened at the Hampstead Theatre, before opening to critical acclaim t the Harold Pinter Theatre in October 2014, where it has been playing ever since. It has won Olivier Awards including: Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music for Ray Davies.