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Sunny Afternoon – Your very own Waterloo Sunset
Do you remember The Kinks? If you happened to be at Wembley in 1966, the year England won the World Cup, you'll have heard a hundred thousand fans roaring 'Sunny Afteroon' on the terraces, testament to the band's remarkable popularity. Their energetic, rebellious new sound rocked the nation... but how did it happen? Who were these guys, where did they come from and what made them so very special?
Music and song lyrics by the amazing Ray Davies. A brand new book by Joe Penhall. Show direction by Edward Hall. It all makes for a top quality production depicting the rise and rise of the band, set against a backdrop of a nation stuck in the middle between 1950s puritanism and the inevitable, thrilling rebellion of the swinging '60s.
This wonderful show explores the highs and lows of the band's times, through the music that influenced much more than just one generation. The FT calls it an “exhilarating, hugely enjoyable new musical”. The Telegraph says “Pop fans would be mad to miss it.”. The Daily Mail, Daily Express and Mail on Sunday awarded it five stars and the Times, Sunday Times, Evening Standard and Independent awarded it four stars, all well-deserved accolades for a very fine musical show indeed.
With smash hits including You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, Sunny Afternoon, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Lola and All Day and all of the Night on the cards, it's a not-to-be-missed West End musical experience.
Sunny Afternoon - The story
Do you want to discover the extraordinary story of The Kinks and their legendary front-man Ray Davies? It's a hell of a tale, including a meteoric rise to UK pop supremacy, and taking The States by storm only to be banned there at the height of their success. In a nutshell, the musical explores the highs and lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands and their irresistible music. They influenced generations, and this musical is as sunny and joyful as it gets. Uplifting stuff, a real musical theatre treat.
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Recommended for:Anyone (68%)
The show was pure entertainment and amazing - the acting, lights, music and the shear energy of the cast was incredible. A must see if it tours the UK.
Reviewed on 02 November 2016 by Sheila, St Dennis, St Austell, United Kingdom
Make sure you got good seats
Reviewed on 02 November 2016 by Alcwyn, Neath, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 November 2016 by Laura, Harpenden, United Kingdom
Second time seeing the show and was there for the final performance. Amazing music, brilliant performances and totally engrossing.
Reviewed on 30 October 2016 by Renata, Hessle, United Kingdom
Music was fab & very loud! Story cleverly acted out. Caught the feeling of the 60's just perfectly.
Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Lynn, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 October 2016 by Christine, Woodford Green, United Kingdom
This particularly appealed to me as I grew up with the Kinks music and therefore it was nostalgic but should appeal to anyone who appreciates the talented songs written and then reproduced in a fun way. Could appeal to any age! Very entertaining and positive in a world of madness at times!
Reviewed on 24 October 2016 by Christine, Uxbridge, United Kingdom
I expected this to be good but exceeded that, brilliant finish with lola
Reviewed on 23 October 2016 by Neville, Shildon, United Kingdom
The music was enjoyable and true to the Kinks original hits. The story highlighted the exploitation of the early Kinks by their unscrupulous managers and the infighting within the group but it could have been told more concisely, shortening the production by at least half an hour.
Reviewed on 16 October 2016 by Chris, Tamworth, United Kingdom
I'm not usually one for moaning about any shows! But the seats upstairs are so uncomfortable I was getting cramp in my leg after a while! For some strange reason I just couldn't get into the show! And out of all the show! I would say the last 20 mins was the best part lol if you like really really loud music then this shows for you
Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by Lorraine, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 13 October 2016 by Andrew, Eversley, United Kingdom
There was no music, only loud irritating noise.
Reviewed on 09 October 2016 by Helen, Easton, United States
I sat row N stalls in the middle some of the stage comes out into the stalls at the front you would have to keep turning round
Reviewed on 06 October 2016 by Grahame, London, United Kingdom
Great night and was entertained all the way through. Everyone was up on there feet and the story great.
Reviewed on 03 October 2016 by James, Abbeywood, United Kingdom
WE LIKED THE SHOW BECAUSE THE MUSIC AND DANCING WAS SO GOOD. A REAL FEEL GOOD FACTOR. A FUN EVENING. WOULD GO AGAIN.
Reviewed on 02 October 2016 by Pam, Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Great performance, great music, great musicians and top athmosphere!
Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by Arve, Trondheim, Norway
Disappointed that our seats were changed from front row to the stalls because Royal Circle was closed. Not a very full house. Main leads were excellent, other roles rather weak and not always audible
Reviewed on 30 September 2016 by Jacqueline, Harrogate, United Kingdom
Highly recommend. Great music!
Reviewed on 29 September 2016 by Janice, Bicester, United Kingdom
Sunny Afternoon is an energy filled, vibrant, fun show. Excellent musical talent. All on stage were enjoying performing. I would see this show again and have already recommended it to friends and family.One bit of advice: mild bad language (comedy timed though), may make this unsuitable for young children.
Reviewed on 28 September 2016 by Susan E, Hawkhurst, United Kingdom
Some sweating so not for under 14 s but very very enjoyable
Reviewed on 24 September 2016 by Belinda, Fareham, United Kingdom
Good show, great music. Thin storyline.
Reviewed on 24 September 2016 by Richard, Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
Sunny Afternoon has been and still is one of the best nights out in London.
Reviewed on 22 September 2016 by Jason, Doncaster, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 September 2016 by Tracey, Blackwood, United Kingdom
The 60s come alive in this breezy, rocking musical. Don't hesitate. Go!
Reviewed on 20 September 2016 by Noel, Zetland, Australia
This is a very good musical if you live the Kinks. It would be maybe so so if you didn't. I adore the Kinks so was bopping and singing along the whole time. The ending is Fantastic!! Just when you think it is winding down, it totally winds up again!I think the live music is sometimes too loud for the voices... And the voices are perfect! Casting is spot on! It's like Beautiful but sbout the Kinks... Or American Idiot. If you like that musical formula, you will like this version. Theater is cozy and intimate. We were in the first balcony and missed a bit of the show that goes on in the runway that jets out to audience but it was minor. The cast seems to have a ball and I loved it that they came into the theater and were part of a singalong. Hope the Kinks are getting some royalties! They've obviously been burned!
Reviewed on 19 September 2016 by Kimberly, Danville, United States
Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by Alan, Hull, United Kingdom
This show was fantastic from the word go.Really good story of The Kinks with their ups and downs.The band were terrific the sound was brilliant .
Reviewed on 16 September 2016 by Graeme, Dundee, United Kingdom
Being of the age to remember the original it was most pleasing that the Music and the Acting was so good that it was a transport in time.Excellent Well Done.
Reviewed on 15 September 2016 by Geoffrey, Ruislip, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 September 2016 by Amanda, Canvey Island, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 12 September 2016 by Charles, Sleaford, United Kingdom
Loved the show, great set,cast and music. Only advice l would give is choose your seats carefully! We were in the Royal circle and our view was very restricted.
Reviewed on 11 September 2016 by June, Chatham, United Kingdom
It's a very small but intimate theatre. However that just adds to the fun as you feel part of the show
Reviewed on 10 September 2016 by Darrell, Dudley, United Kingdom
Light story with great music, could be a little loud for some in the front of the stalls but we loved it.
Reviewed on 09 September 2016 by Gina, Auckland, New Zealand
Feel good for those who grew up in the 60's
Reviewed on 09 September 2016 by Diane, Bushmills, United Kingdom
Sunny Afternoon had us rocking in our seats. Anyone who grew up in the 60's with The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who would enjoy this fun musical about the Kinks. I had forgotten how great the music written by Ray & Dave Davies of the Kinks was during the 60's. I could sit through it all over again. The acting was convincing an I felt that I was watching the lives of the Kinks unfold in front of me. I had seats in the stalls in this quaint little theatre and the actors often came off the stage performing in front of you. Anyone who likes rock music should see this musical.
Reviewed on 08 September 2016 by David, Rochester, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 September 2016 by Ian, Inverurie, United Kingdom
Fun must see feel good factor
Reviewed on 05 September 2016 by Michael, Harrogate, United Kingdom
Great little show all the best songs with biography rekindled my love for their music when I heard it in the sixties.
Reviewed on 04 September 2016 by David, Swansea, United Kingdom
Good story great sound finishes strong.
Reviewed on 04 September 2016 by Dominic, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 August 2016 by Robert, Cambuslang, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 August 2016 by Robert, Old Town, United Kingdom
Excellent performance. Storyline good music and singing brilliant.
Reviewed on 27 August 2016 by Ged, Oldham, United Kingdom
If you like the KInks, or even if they aren't your cup of tea, this is an engaging, lively, musically wondeful night of theater. Great actors and musicians
Reviewed on 26 August 2016 by Robert, Marstons Mills, United States
Liked it as was of their era and lived in Muswell Hill but even so it is a fascinating story and family story.
Reviewed on 25 August 2016 by Barbara, Canberra, Australia
Absolutely thrilling! Fantastic show with music that we love. Great story telling through contest of the songs.
Reviewed on 19 August 2016 by Joanna, London, United Kingdom
We thought the show was excellent once our ears had recovered from the onslaught of noise from the music. The performers were all very good and we enjoyed the experience.
Reviewed on 18 August 2016 by Jackie, Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Excellent acting and singing
Reviewed on 14 August 2016 by Danielle, Chalfont St Giles, United Kingdom
Great music and acting in a small theatre setting
Reviewed on 10 August 2016 by Kevin, Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 August 2016 by Robert, Perth, Australia
What can I say, watched Sunny afternoon at the weekend and it was fantastic. A real feel good show, the music and acting was brilliant. Defo go see it!
Reviewed on 08 August 2016 by Paul, Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by Sophie, Kenilworth, United Kingdom
We were sat up near the top of the balcony( very top) - if you don't like heights it's definitely the seating area to avoid. The seats were very close so you ended up with knee pain !
Reviewed on 01 August 2016 by Anne, Brough, United Kingdom
The story was well written and the music and acting was excellent. Listening to the singing you could easilyy believe that it was the original Kinks. The story was good in that it showed the emotional roller coaster that young pop and rock stars go through when they find instant fame.I would advise other visitors not to book seats in the top balcony unless they have a very good head for heights as the balcony wall is quite low and is very close to the front seats. We saw several people have to move further back as they felt very uncomfortable being so close to the edge.
Reviewed on 25 July 2016 by Lesley, Tiverton, United Kingdom
The show was excellent but I thought the sound levels exceeded safe levels at times. As a hearing impaired person, I am only too aware of this. I had to remove my hearing aids.
Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Eric, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
I'm from the US so I did loose a little in cultural references, but I still enjoyed the show. If you're from the US of don';t now the Kinks, I'd suggest reading about them before the show, so you have the background.
Reviewed on 17 July 2016 by Rosemary, Stamford, United States
Reviewed on 05 July 2016 by Richard, Tiburon, United States
This was a matinee performance and it looked like it was regarded as such, with the actors having last night's performance still in their legs. It made the story become disjointed and ragged overall. The audience too were not spontaneous with their participation and applauses, which is always an indicator of something awry.
Reviewed on 27 June 2016 by Philip, East Grinstead, United Kingdom
Loved it high energy. Would guide away from families due odd bit of bad language.
Reviewed on 26 June 2016 by Ian, Bingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Angela, Wirral, United Kingdom
Great band, story was true to history of Kinks, a little less politics on band issues and a lot more music. But, overall very enjoyable. Money well spent
Reviewed on 19 June 2016 by Peter, Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed on 18 June 2016 by Anthony, Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 31 May 2016 by Eduard, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 May 2016 by Valerie, Burlington, Canada
A must for anyone who remembers the sixties. Great music! Great cast! Great fun!
Reviewed on 25 May 2016 by Rod, Kaleen, Australia
Excellent afternoons entertainment.
Reviewed on 23 May 2016 by Keith, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
if you love the kinks you will love this showif you love a good night out full of positive and creative vibes you will enjoy this show we went with my 2teenage sons and we all left buzzing, on the tube home the conversation flowed from historical london to live music etc
Reviewed on 20 May 2016 by Louis, London, United Kingdom
Sunny Afternoon shook off our wet Wednesday Blues, with music and a story line that unfolded the story of the Kinks. The family background was touching, the brothers mateship moving and the cast all giving wonderful performances. Having said that, young Dave played by Oliver was one of the best performances I have ever seen. Charisma and energy leaping off the stage, with his every move.Our jet lag, having arrived from Australia was shook off with the loud fabulous songs, especially with the plus ten, plus ten, plus ten !!
Reviewed on 20 May 2016 by Paul, Sydney, Australia
A great show from start to finish.
Reviewed on 15 May 2016 by Jayne, Norwich, United Kingdom
The only show that when I left I wanted to go back in and watch it again Excellent
Reviewed on 09 May 2016 by Pamela, Castiglione Del Lago, Italy
We did not know what to expect, we literally selected Sunny afternoon the evening before. It was funny, loud, at times sad but very watch-able and very enjoyable.
Reviewed on 08 May 2016 by Clive, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 May 2016 by Jacqueline, Sidcup, United Kingdom
I not only enjoyed the performance, I gained a new appreciation for the contribution made by the Kinks - fabulous evening. The singing, dancing, acting and story were all fantastic.
Reviewed on 01 May 2016 by Paul, London, United Kingdom
An excellent show very entertaining and ongoing from start to finish.The story of the Kinks was performed with a great feel of that era.The acting and singing was very good and the costumes couldn't have been better.There was some swearing but we didn't find this offensive.A show well worth seeing especially if you enjoyed the kinks music.We also had our seats upgraded from the balcony to the stalls which was an unexpected bonus.
Reviewed on 29 April 2016 by Dawn, Hounslow, United Kingdom
The show was amazing, storyline about the kinks was really good, the singing was exceptional.
Reviewed on 28 April 2016 by Paul, Kings Lynn, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 April 2016 by Rosemary, Woodham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 April 2016 by Alexander Iain, Otley, United Kingdom
Great show...multi talented actors and musicians gave a wonderful performance, great costume changes and scene changes kept this moving at a fast pace moving through the ages. Well done to all involved..some language not suitable for youngsters...we had a blast singing along
Reviewed on 21 April 2016 by Eduardo, Devonshire, Bermuda
Great vibe -- lots of energy!
Reviewed on 17 April 2016 by Rose Marie, Roswell, United States
Reviewed on 15 April 2016 by Kay, Leeds, United Kingdom
The show obviously contains great music, but it's just a bit too long. Could do with less dialogue and more of the music of the Kinks.
Reviewed on 09 April 2016 by Mary, Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom
Loved it got better in second halfActors playing the band superbOne of manages had weaker voiceAcapello superb
Reviewed on 01 April 2016 by Rosamund, Beckenham, United Kingdom
This show felt more like a rock show than a contrived musical. It was a lot of fun!
Reviewed on 30 March 2016 by Doug, Silver Spring, United States
Very good performance , singing outstanding
Reviewed on 29 March 2016 by Kyle, Hinckley, United Kingdom
acting sub standard lighting poor story unconvincing presentation poor, probably the worst west end show ive witnessed in years
Reviewed on 21 March 2016 by Pat, Inverness, United Kingdom
the acting, set,, costumes and music were brilliant, some songs were cut a bit short, would have liked more. Lola as the finale was awesome, everyone stood up and sang along, left you wanting an encore.
Reviewed on 15 March 2016 by Stephen, Willenhall, United Kingdom
Very amateur no story terrible acting terrible seats a complete waste of money
Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Beverley, Salisbury, United Kingdom
I went to this show as I have been a Kinks Fan for fifty years, and I suspect this applies to most of the audience. Some of the music is very loud, the storyline modest. Against that the show is lively, well-presented, the young cast are impressive and if you are into 60's music it is well worth a visit.The average age of the audienc eseemed surprisingly high!
Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Arthur, Tavistock, United Kingdom
Try to get seats on the lower levels because the view is restricted on the balcony.
Reviewed on 07 March 2016 by Samuel, Coalville, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 04 March 2016 by Meir, Tel Mond, Israel
Brilliant for lovers of the Kinks. Even those not familiar with their backstory will enjoy the energetic and clearly acted performances, the clothes and lively music!
Reviewed on 28 February 2016 by Paul, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Amazing music if you love the 60s. Very loud, we had a great night.
Reviewed on 26 February 2016 by Alan, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Humour although touching at time and great music
Reviewed on 24 February 2016 by Karen, Lancing, United Kingdom
Just let yourself go and join in the fun.
Reviewed on 24 February 2016 by Kenneth, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Brilliant show, great storyline, highly entertaining acting, great music and top drawer singing, highly authentic
Reviewed on 21 February 2016 by Stuart, Whitchurch, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 February 2016 by David, Segrie Fontaine, France
My husband and I loved this show, the acting was great, the singing excellent and it was good to learn about the story of the Kinks. We came out with a smile on our face, definitely a feel good factor!
Reviewed on 20 February 2016 by Mary, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Great show its a must too see.
Reviewed on 19 February 2016 by Michael, Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 February 2016 by Katie, Sandwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 February 2016 by Melanie, Hornsea, United Kingdom
Always liked the Kinks music, when we came across this show we decided to see it. A really good production great music and story line very entertaining. First time to this theatre quit compact but confatable, good bars and facilities
Reviewed on 15 February 2016 by Michael, Hastingleigh. Ashford, United Kingdom
by Nastazja Domaradzka | Tuesday, January 26 2016, 20:17
I was apprehensive before seeing this musical about one of my favourite bands. Knowing that West End productions have a tendency to glamorise real stories I was worried the gritty spirit of The Kinks would be lost. I am happy to report that I was wrong - this is the best musical I have ever seen!
We meet the members of the band when they are still playing for weddings and trying their best to get out of Muswell Hill.Review: SUNNY AFTERNOON at The Harold Pinter Theatre
by Oliver Mitford | Monday, August 24 2015, 13:54
The Olivier Award-winning production of Sunny Afternoon, currently playing to packed houses at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the heart of London’s West End has announced the new cast members due to take over from 5 October 2015.New cast set to join Sunny Afternoon from October 2015
by Oliver Mitford | Tuesday, July 14 2015, 10:01
The multi award-winning production of Sunny Afternoon has extended its run at the Harold Pinter Theatre through to April 2016.Sunny Afternoon extends in the West End!