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Sunny Afternoon Tickets

Harold Pinter Theatre

This Olivier Award-winning Kinks musical boasted an impressive creative team including Hampstead theatre’s Artistic Director, Edward Hall, Award-winning playwright Joe Penhall and Ray Davies himself. The musical charts the rise to stardom of one of Britain’s most influential rock groups and the many bumps along the way.

Sunny Afternoon was the new musical about rock group The Kinks. The show which achieved sell out success and high praise from the critics when it premiered at the Hampstead Theatre back in 2014 then went on to bag four Olivier Awards including Best New musical at the 2015 ceremony.

As you would expect, the show contains all The Kinks hits including “Waterloo Sunset,” “Dedicated Follower of Fashion,” “You Really Got Me,” “Lola” and of course “Sunny Afternoon.” More than just your average jukebox musical though, the show boasts a book by Award-winning playwright Joe Penhall. The story follows the formation of the band and their rise to super stardom and charts all their highs and inevitable lows along the way.

The Kinks burst on to the music scene in 1964. Their distinctive sound would soon take the world by storm making them one of the most influential rock groups of all time. With Ray Davies on the creative team you really get the inside story of how the band was formed and the songs were written. Rather than presenting a rose tinted view of the band the show takes a warts and all approach, dramatizing the more difficult parts of the band’s life including the Davies brother’s tumultuous relationship, the breakdown of Ray Davies’s marriage and the band’s ban from the United States; as a result the show has genuine emotional clout.

Directed by The Hampstead’s Artistic Director Edward Hall the talented performers who are also accomplished musicians have been highly praised for their performances. The show featured a set design by Miriam Buether and choreography by Adam Cooper.

A great night out guaranteed! This much loved show, concluded its momentous run at the end of October 2016.

Sorry this show closed 29 October 2016, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
24 Oct 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
Running time:
2 hours and 45 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Recommended for ages 10+
Audience Notes:
With the Ray Davies’ seal of approval this musical is obviously the ultimate treat for any Kinks fan, however the esteemed creative team have ensured this show is more than a mere tribute concert. Therefore fans of musicals such as Jersey Boys will also find much to like about this Award-winning show. Please note that, as you’d expect from a musical about a rock and roll band, the show contains elements of sex, drugs and rock and roll and is therefore recommended for ages 10+.

Sunny Afternoon Reviews

148 Reviews
  • 5 Stars74%
  • 4 Stars17%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Stars0%

User Reviews


Robbie White deserves some kind of award for his performance which was phenomenal, and I know he actually played all four Kinks at different times over the course of this show. Learning different parts is hard enough, let alone learning all the diff Read more

Performance date: 16 July 2016

I don't nomally enjoy jukebox musicals because they normally create a silly plot for the excuse of playing a band's songs. However, 'Sunny Afternoon' was an exception as they told the story/struggles of the band as the narrative. This made the piece Read more

Performance date: 25 July 2015

I loved this show - so much so that I saw it twice! This was my second visit. Fantastic music, and an honest portrayal of how the Kinks came to be and what happened to them in their heyday. I really felt I was drawn back to the 1960s with the combina Read more

Performance date: 29 June 2016
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