Kinky Boots is a moving, life-affirming tale with a message about tolerance at its core

Kinky Boots is a 'moving, life-affirming tale with a twist, and a message about tolerance at its core'

Hit musical returns for a huge UK tour starring Kayi Ushe, Joel Harper-Jackson and Paula Lane

Despite an unlikely setting – Northampton – and its origins as a musical adaptation of the 2005 movie of the same name, Kinky Boots has become one of London theatre's surprise successes, charming audiences with its romantic tale of shoe-inspired glamour. Based on the true story of Charlie Price, who struggled to maintain his late father's success in the famous Price shoe factory, until inspiration struck in the unlikely form of drag queen Lola, Kinky Boots is a highly successful hit musical, with three Olivier Awards under its heels. It manages to bring an explicitly camp and queer sensibility into the mainstream musical, with a selection of songs from 1980s' legend Cyndi Lauper.

Combining an aspirational storyline with massive pop hits, the musical returns for a huge UK tour that takes in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Starring Kayi Ushe as Lola, Joel Harper-Jackson as Charlie and Paula Lane (Kylie Platt from Coronation Street) as Lauren, it has a superb cast. With a book by Tony Award-winning Harvey Fierstein, director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell (twice recipient of the Tony Award) and sassy songs by the irrepressible Lauper, it's destined to sashay proud, with nary a wobble. More than just a jukebox singalong approach, it's a moving, life-affirming tale with a twist, and a message about tolerance at its core.

Kinky Boots, Edinburgh Playhouse, Mon 10 Dec–Sat 5 Jan, then touring.

Kinky Boots

  • Directed by: Jerry Mitchell
  • Written by: Harvey Fierstein, Cyndi Lauper (music & lyrics)

A man reluctantly inherits a shoe factory. To turn the business around he enlists the help of the stiletto-clad Lola. Tony and Grammy award-winning feel-good musical by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper.

Birmingham Hippodrome

Mon 11 Mar

£36–£63 / 0844 338 5000

Tue 12 Mar

£36–£63 / 0844 338 5000

Wed 13 Mar

£36–£63 / 0844 338 5000

…and 9 more dates until 23 Mar

Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin

Mon 19 Aug

€20–€65

Tue 20 Aug

€20–€65

Wed 21 Aug

€20–€65

…and 9 more dates until 31 Aug

Bristol Hippodrome

Mon 25 Feb

£13–£79 / 0844 847 2325

Tue 26 Feb

£13–£79 / 0844 847 2325

Wed 27 Feb

£13–£79 / 0844 847 2325

…and 9 more dates until 9 Mar

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