Winner of four Olivier Awards, including best new Musical, and Outstanding Achievement in Music for Ray Davies, storming success Sunny Afternoon embarks on its first ever UK tour this summer, opening at Manchester’s Opera House on Friday 19th August.
Jam packed with Kinks classics including Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion and Lola, Sunny Afternoon tells the story of The Kinks’ rise to fame from life on a dead end street to living a wild rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle as they became one of the most popular British bands of all time. Audiences are taken on a journey through the euphoric highs and agonising lows of pop success in the swinging sixties.
West End cast members Oliver Hoare, Danny Horn, Damien Walsh and Tom Whitelock travelled up to Manchester this week to give audiences a sneak preview of what they can expect from the shows much anticipated Manchester opening. The four actor musicians give the audience exactly the performance they’d hoped for, loud, in your face, energetic and totally mesmerising.
Oliver Hoare who plays Dave Davies described the rehearsal period leading up to their opening night as “the most intense rehearsal time I’ve ever experienced”, not only do the cast act out an emotional and totally gripping story they also play and sing all songs live on stage, huge pressure no doubt with such iconic and much loved hits. The cast are absolutely committed to delivering strong performances as individual characters rather than impersonations of the original band members.
Tom Whitelock who plays Pete Quaife described how not only is there the pressure they individually put on themselves to deliver great performances but also to ‘get it right’ for the fans who grew up listening to The Kinks. Tom’s own Uncle became so emotional when watching the show he cried as memories of his teenage years flooded back, a sure indication that Sunny Afternoon is much more than a traditional night at the theatre, it’s an emotive, in your face, brash and totally electrifying experience.
Allowing audiences the opportunity to sing and dance to all their favourites as the story unfolds, Sunny Afternoon is coming to Manchester to raise the roof of the Opera House, book your tickets, buy your earplugs and don’t forget your dancing shoes!
Showing Friday 19th August until Saturday 27th August at the Opera House.