Sunny Afternoon at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets
Sunny Afternoon at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets

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Overview

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.

Recommended for

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+.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for ages 10+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including a 20 minute interval
Opened: 04 Oct 2014
Press night: 28 Oct 2014
Booking from: 24 Oct 2016
Booking until: 29 Oct 2016

Location and map

Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street
London, SW1Y 4DN

150 Reviews Add review

I wouldn't have ordinarily gone to see Sunny Afternoon, but my dad had been asking me to take him for a long time as he was a huge... More

tp6894 5"11, 40 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I wouldn't have ordinarily gone to see Sunny Afternoon, but my dad had been asking me to take him for a long time as he was a huge fan of The Kinks. I have never seen him as happy as he was throughout the show, and you really don't have to be a Kinks fanatic to enjoy the show at all. Telling the story of The Kinks through their music - the story itself could relate to the tribulations of any band and thus any music fan. The actors were incredible, and the way that the story and the music mixed throughout was really well thought out. I came out a fan of The Kinks, and wanting more - and I never imagined I would say that. If you like music, want a musical that's a little bit different, and want some light humour throughout - definitely go!

tp6894 5"11, 40 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I wouldn't have ordinarily gone to see Sunny Afternoon, but my dad had been asking me to take him for a long time as he was a huge... More

tp6894 5"11, 40 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I wouldn't have ordinarily gone to see Sunny Afternoon, but my dad had been asking me to take him for a long time as he was a huge fan of The Kinks. I have never seen him as happy as he was throughout the show, and you really don't have to be a Kinks fanatic to enjoy the show at all. Telling the story of The Kinks through their music - the story itself could relate to the tribulations of any band and thus any music fan. The actors were incredible, and the way that the story and the music mixed throughout was really well thought out. I came out a fan of The Kinks, and wanting more - and I never imagined I would say that. If you like music, want a musical that's a little bit different, and want some light humour throughout - definitely go!

tp6894 5"11, 40 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I wouldn't have ordinarily gone to see Sunny Afternoon, but my dad had been asking me to take him for a long time as he was a huge... More

tp6894 5"11, 40 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I wouldn't have ordinarily gone to see Sunny Afternoon, but my dad had been asking me to take him for a long time as he was a huge fan of The Kinks. I have never seen him as happy as he was throughout the show, and you really don't have to be a Kinks fanatic to enjoy the show at all. Telling the story of The Kinks through their music - the story itself could relate to the tribulations of any band and thus any music fan. The actors were incredible, and the way that the story and the music mixed throughout was really well thought out. I came out a fan of The Kinks, and wanting more - and I never imagined I would say that. If you like music, want a musical that's a little bit different, and want some light humour throughout - definitely go!

tp6894 5"11, 40 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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

Chen 5"6, 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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 5"6, 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This is a very fun and energetic show. I wasn't previously a fan of the band particularly since they were around before my time, b... More

dhaliwala 5"3, 104 reviews, 10 helpful votes

This is a very fun and energetic show. I wasn't previously a fan of the band particularly since they were around before my time, but even I recognised a few of their songs. The format of the show was cleverly done using their own songs to tell their story. I would recommend the show not only to fans of the band but to any music fans.

dhaliwala 5"3, 104 reviews, 10 helpful votes

I didn't really enjoy this show and thought I was a British rip off of Jersey Boys. I went expecting the same kind of story line w... More

georgedawes 18 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I didn't really enjoy this show and thought I was a British rip off of Jersey Boys. I went expecting the same kind of story line which always occurs in these juke box musicals and wasn't surprised to find it was the generic story of a band rising to fame with a few bumps along the road. I wasn't really engaged or captured by any of the characters in all honesty, however the actors were great and played amazingly as a band. I was also put off by stage hands in black (one of them wearing ugg boots) moving set on and off, which distracted from the time period and just the piece as a whole!

georgedawes 18 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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 6"2, 106 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Really enjoyed the show. Great story of the early days of the Kinks and fantastic music and musicians. One thing I must say about ... More

alisonreneti 5'3, 48 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Really enjoyed the show. Great story of the early days of the Kinks and fantastic music and musicians. One thing I must say about this show is that the music is very loud! I loved it but it might be a bit much for some people.

alisonreneti 5'3, 48 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Really enjoyed the show. Great story of the early days of the Kinks and fantastic music and musicians. One thing I must say about ... More

alisonreneti 5'3, 48 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Really enjoyed the show. Great story of the early days of the Kinks and fantastic music and musicians. One thing I must say about this show is that the music is very loud! I loved it but it might be a bit much for some people.

alisonreneti 5'3, 48 reviews, 3 helpful votes