Sonia Friedman Productions and Ambassador Theatre Group Productions are delighted to announce that the multi Olivier Award-winning hit SUNNY AFTERNOON will return for its second UK tour, opening at the Manchester Opera House on Friday 7 August 2020. Tour schedule below with further dates to be announced.
SUNNY AFTERNOON tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks, who exploded on to the 60s music scene with a raw, energetic new sound that rocked a nation. Recipient of four Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music for Ray Davies, SUNNY AFTERNOON features some of The Kinks’ best-loved songs, including You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, All Day and All of the Night and Lola.
Producer Sonia Friedman said today, “I’ve loved this musical from the moment Ray Davies, Joe Penhall, Ed Hall and I started to develop it several years ago and am incredibly excited and proud that we are bringing back our joyous and celebratory Olivier Award-winning Best New Musical. For those who missed it the first-time round, UK audiences will have the treat of experiencing it for the very first time or, if you’ve seen it before, you’ll be able to see it again and again! The Kinks helped shape a generation and Ray’s beautifully truthful lyrics and music are as exhilarating and relevant today as the day he wrote them. I’m so happy we will all get a chance to see SUNNY AFTERNOON soon – I’ve missed it in my life.”
Ray Davies added, “In these times of political uncertainties, it is a relief to know that SUNNY AFTERNOON is on the horizon to lift our spirits”.
Set against the backdrop 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 celebrated 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 where it ran for two years ahead of its critically-acclaimed, five-star tour of the UK and Ireland throughout 2016/17.
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 and designed by Miriam Buether with choreography by Adam Cooper. Lighting design is by Rick Fisher with sound design by Matt McKenzie. Musical and vocal adaptations are by Ray Davies and Elliott Ware based on original Kinks’ recordings.
Producers of the SUNNY AFTERNOON UK tour include Sonia Friedman Productions, Ambassador Theatre Group Productions with Adam Blanshay Productions, Rupert Gavin.
UK Tour Listings
More dates to be announced soon
Friday 7 August – Saturday 15 August 2020
MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE
Book Tickets for Manchester Opera House
Tuesday 18 August – Saturday 22 August 2020
Book Tickets for Bristol Hippodrome
Tuesday 1 September – Saturday 5 September 2020
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE
Book Tickets for Milton Keynes Theatre
Tuesday 8 September – Saturday 12 September 2020
HULL NEW THEATRE
Tuesday 15 September – Saturday 19 September 2020
CONGRESS THEATRE, EASTBOURNE
Tuesday 22 September – Saturday 26 September 2020
Book Tickets for Sunderland Empire
Tuesday 29 September – Saturday 3 October 2020
WINTER GARDENS, BLACKPOOL
Tuesday 6 October – Saturday 10 October 2020
THEATRE ROYAL, BRIGHTON
Book Tickets for Theatre Royal Brighton
Tuesday 13 October – Saturday 17 October 2020
SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION
Tuesday 20 October – Saturday 24 October 2020
REGENT THEATRE, STOKE
Book Tickets for Regent Theatre, Stoke
Tuesday 27 October – Saturday 31 October 2020
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON
Tuesday 3 November – Saturday 7 November 2020
ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD
Tuesday 10 November – Saturday 14 November 2020
Book Tickets for Edinburgh Playhouse
Tuesday 24 November – Saturday 28 November
NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE
Book Tickets for New Wimbledon Theatre
Tuesday 1 December – Saturday 5 December 2020
THE ALEXANDRA, BIRMINGHAM
Book Tickets for The Alexandra Theatre