By Mark Shenton
26 Jun 2014
Featuring music and lyrics by Ray Davies, the playlist includes some of the Kinks' best-loved songs, including "You Really Got Me," "Waterloo Sunset" and "Lola."
Sunny Afternoon marks the 50th anniversary year of the band’s debut release. The book for the show is by Joe Penhall, with direction by Edward Hall, design by Miriam Buether and choreography by Adam Cooper. The musical director is Elliott Ware, with lighting by Rick Fisher and sound by Matt McKenzie.
The principal cast members remain with the production: John Dagleish plays Ray Davies, George Maguire plays Dave Davies, Ned Derrington plays Pete Quaife and Adam Sopp plays Mick Avory – The Kinks. The cast also includes Carly Anderson, Philip Bird, Ben Caplan, Lillie Flynn, Emily Goodenough, Vince Leigh, Amy Ross, Dominic Tighe and Tam Williams, with further casting to be announced shortly.
The Kinks, according to press notes, "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? 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 show is co-produced by Sonia Friedman Productions (who commissioned Penhall in 2010 to write the book based on Davies' original story and developed the production over the next four years) with Greg Ripley-Duggan for Hampstead Theatre Productions.
Tickets are on sale now for priority bookers, with general pre-sale from June 30. To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7622 or visit www.sunnyafternoonthemusical.com.