Ray Davies’ extraordinary life story told with Music and Lyrics by Ray Davies, a new Book by Joe Penhall, Direction by Edward Hall and Design by Miriam Buether, Sunny Afternoon explores the rise to stardom of The Kinks.
Set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s, Sunny Afternoon explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands, and the music that influenced generations.
Sunny Afternoon will feature the band’s hits, penned by Davies, and a script by award-winning playwright Joe Penhall. In December 2013, Ray Davies was quoted in The Guardian: ‘I’m haunted by the songs I have written but never recorded‘
Sunny Afternoon will follow the band’s rise to stardom during the 1960s and is named after their 1966 hit single.
The Kinks were formed by Davies with his brother Dave in north London in 1964. They were regarded as being a part of the British musical invasion of the US, with five top 10 singles. The group performed together for the last time in 1996.
Creative: Director by Edward Hall, Design Miriam Buether, Lighting Rick Fisher, Choreography Adam Cooper, Sound Matt McKenzie. Producer Sonia Friedman Productions with Greg Ripley-Duggan for Hampstead Theatre Productions.
Harold Pinter Theatre
Booking From: 4th October 2014
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm