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Sunny Afternoon National Tour announced opening at Manchester Opera House

Sunny AfternoonAs the West End multi Olivier award-winning successful musical continues to enthrall audiences into its second year, Sonia Friedman Productions and the Ambassador Theatre Group have announced the national tour of SUNNY AFTERNOON. Recipient of four awards at the 2015 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music for Ray Davies, SUNNY AFTERNOON will open at the Manchester Opera House on Friday 19th August 2016.

Featuring some of The Kinks’ best-loved songs, including You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset and Lola, SUNNY AFTERNOON tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks.

The Kinks exploded onto the 60s music scene with a raw energetic new sound that rocked a nation. But how did that happen, where exactly did they come from and what happened next?

Set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s, this production explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations.

Following a sell-out run at Hampstead Theatre, SUNNY AFTERNOON opened to critical acclaim at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End in October 2014 and is currently booking into a second triumphant year.

SUNNY AFTERNOON. Current West End Cast 2015. Photo by Kevin Cummins.
SUNNY AFTERNOON. Current West End Cast 2015. Photo by Kevin Cummins.

SUNNY AFTERNOON has music and lyrics by Ray Davies with a book by Joe Penhall and original story by Ray Davies. It is directed by Edward Hall, designed by Miriam Buether with choreography by Adam Cooper. Lighting design is by Rick Fisher with sound design by Matt McKenzie for Autograph. The Musical Supervisor is Elliott Ware.

The original West End Production of SUNNY AFTERNOON is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions with Tulchin Bartner Productions, Greg Ripley-Duggan for Hampstead Theatre Productions, Tanya Link Productions, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Glass Half Full Productions, Rupert Gavin, in association with Hampstead Theatre and Arlon Productions.

Friday 19 August – Saturday 27 August 2016
Manchester Opera House

Tuesday 30 August– Saturday 3 September 2016
Milton Keynes Theatre

Tuesday 6 September – Saturday 10 September 2016
New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham

Tuesday 13 September – Saturday 17 September 2016
Edinburgh Playhouse

Tuesday 20 September – Saturday 24 September 2016
Southend Cliffs Pavillion

Tuesday 27 September – Saturday 1 October 2016
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Tuesday 4 October – Saturday 8 October 2016
Sunderland Empire

Tuesday 11 October – Saturday 15 October 2016
Glasgow Kings Theatre

Tuesday 18 October – Saturday 22 October 2016
Torquay Princess Theatre

Tuesday 1 November – Saturday 5 November 2016
New Victoria Theatre Woking

Tuesday 15 November – Saturday 19 November 2016
Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Tuesday 29 November – Saturday 3 December 2016
Stoke Regent Theatre

Tuesday 13 December – Saturday 31 December 2016
Theatre Royal Brighton

Tuesday 31 January – Saturday 4 February 2017
Oxford New Theatre

Tuesday 7 February – Saturday 11 February 2017
Liverpool Empire, Liverpool

Tuesday 21 February – Saturday 25 February 2017
Grand Opera House, York

Tuesday 7 March – Saturday 11 March 2017
Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol


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