Cast Announced for World Premiere of Ray Davies Musical Sunny Afternoon at London's Hampstead Theatre
By Mark Shenton
Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of Sunny Afternoon, a musical telling the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks, that will begin performances at Hampstead Theatre April 14 prior to an official opening May 1, for a run through May 24. The production will mark the 50th anniversary of the band's debut release.
The band members will be played by John Dagleish (Ray Davies), George Maguire (Dave Davies), Ned Derrington (Pete Quaife) and Adam Sopp (Mick Avory). They are joined by Carly Anderson, Philip Bird, Ben Caplin, Lillie Flynn, Emily Goodenough, Helen Hobson, Vince Leigh, Amy Ross, Marvin Springer, Dominic Tighe and Tam Williams.
Featuring music and lyrics by Davies and based on his own original idea, it has a book by Joe Penhall and will be directed by Edward Hall. Designs are by Miriam Buether and choreography by Adam Cooper. The musical director is Elliot Ware, lighting is by Rick Fisher and sound by Matt McKenzie
Set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s, according to press materials this production explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain's most iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7722 9301or visit hampsteadtheatre.com
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