From their humble beginnings in 1963 to their ultimate split in the mid-1990s, North London rock band The Kinks has become one of the most influential groups to grace the 20th century. Their rise to fame and the challenges along the way are now the subject of the Oliver Award-winning musical "Sunny Afternoon". This highly praised show brings audiences a hit-filled rock concert experience while telling a riveting story of fame, fortune and frustration.
Formed by brothers Ray and Dave Davies, The Kinks were an influential British rock band that hit their peak popularity in the mid-to-late 1960s. The Davies brothers, along with bassist Peter Quaife and drummer Mick Avery, were part of the so-called "British Invasion" of the United States. They drew from a range of genres, including rhythm and blues, folk and country to form an exciting new sound that quickly brought them into the spotlight. Their most famous single, the upbeat and catchy "You Really Got Me", broke the Top 10 in the States and is still heard around the world today. Their song "A Well Respected Man" took on the controversial class system of the day, and showed that the band wasn't afraid to speak their mind. Other popular numbers included "Waterloo Sunset", "Lola" and "Victoria". Inducted into both the UK Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Kinks rocked out together until their last public performance in 1996.
"Sunny Afternoon", written by Joe Penhall, premiered in 2014 at the Hampstead Theatre in London to rave reviews. Moving to the Harold Pinter Theatre shortly thereafter, "Sunny Afternoon" has continued to run in its West End location and will do so until its final night. This entertaining musical tells the story of the rise of The Kinks against the backdrop of social change and unrest in 1960s London. With almost 30 musical numbers, including many of the band's signature hits, show goers who purchase Sunny Afternoon tickets are in for a rocking and rolling good time. The show experience itself is exhilarating, with a catwalk stretched between the front rows of the theatre and wall-to-wall speakers for realistic concert sounds. Reviewers have called the musical "irresistible", "fresh", "stormingly successful" and "a blazing triumph". It's little wonder the show has garnered several awards, from Best New Musical to Outstanding Achievement in Music. Whether you're a fan of the band itself or simply like a thrilling rock musical adventure, "Sunny Afternoon" won't disappoint.
Finding Sunny Afternoon tickets is easy, as the show runs frequently throughout the week and weekends at The Harold Pinter Theatre in London. This West End theatre, named after the prolific British dramatist, has been around for over a century and provides audiences with quality live entertainment all year round.
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