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Sunny Afternoon tickets

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.

Performance dates: 24 Oct 2016 - 29 Oct 2016

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including a 20 minute interval

Age recommendation: Recommended for ages 10+

Special notice: 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+.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: Sunny Afternoon has altered the layout of the Harold Pinter theatre to include some cabaret style tables upfront. Sit in one of these if you want to feel like you’re at a real Kinks concert and part of the action.

Latest audience reviews

Robbie White deserves some kind of award for his performance which was phenomenal, and I know he actually... More

Chen 14 Jun 2017

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 different harmonies and musical instruments! The show as a whole was fantastic, and really enjoyable. I went in knowing a lot of the Kinks music, but my friend didn't, and she loved it.

Chen 14 Jun 2017

I don't nomally enjoy jukebox musicals because they normally create a silly plot for the excuse of playing... More

RichardBayton Top 200 reviewer31 May 2017

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 more relatable and the stage coming out into the audience really added to the feeling of being at a kinks concert.

RichardBayton Top 200 reviewer31 May 2017

I loved this show - so much so that I saw it twice! This was my second visit. Fantastic music, and an... More

helenkeegan 20 Jul 2017

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 combination of set, costumes, music and acting.

helenkeegan 20 Jul 2017

Fantastic show. It's all about the music of the Kinks and it was probably my favourite show I've seen... More

leicester-mark Top 200 reviewer24 Jan 2017

Fantastic show. It's all about the music of the Kinks and it was probably my favourite show I've seen in London.

leicester-mark Top 200 reviewer24 Jan 2017
ulrichhahn 28 Aug 2017
matylda97 Top 200 reviewer25 Apr 2017
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