Sunny Afternoon

Sunny Afternoon

Kevin Cummins

Biographical musical inspired by the story of the Kinks

This Kinks-inspired production has more going for it than your average retro cash-in. For one thing, the Kinks – while undeniably part of the bedrock of 1960s British-made pop-rock – don't have the same level of mainstream ubiquity as, say, the Beatles, Abba or Queen. Sure, you'll recognise a fair whack of the soundtrack – particularly 'You Really Got Me', 'Waterloo Sunset' and the title song – but there'll just as likely be moments where you say, 'Oh, this is the Kinks as well? I love this one.'

Sunny Afternoon also benefits from travelling down the biographical route – rather than rifling through the band's back catalogue and shoehorning in a plot around the hits, the show tracks the Kinks' rise to fame in the rapidly changing Great Britain of the 1960s. It's got a lot more in common with Let It Be or the highly-lauded Jersey Boys than it does with Mamma Mia or the dismal We Will Rock You.

It picked up a slew of Olivier awards last year, including Best New Musical and an Outstanding Achievement in Music gong for Kinks frontman Ray Davies. The only negative thing to say about it is that it doesn't feature that sublime number, 'The Village Green Preservation Society', but you can't have everything.

King's Theatre, Glasgow, Tue 11–Sat 15 Oct.

Sunny Afternoon

  • Directed by: Edward Hall, Adam Cooper
  • Written by: Ray Davies (music & lyrics), Joe Penhall

British singer-songwriter, Ray Davies, recalls his early life and the career of the eponymous pop-rock group, The Kinks, in this musical biography set during the 1950s and 1960s.

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