Sunny Afternoon – Princess Theatre Torquay

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Theatre review – Sunny Afternoon – Princess Theatre Torquay

The hit musical based on the music of The Kinks

Charting the rise to fame of four working class lads from Muswell Hill, this Sunny Afternoon penned by original Kinks frontman and lyrical genius Ray Davies, covers all the bases. The chemistry between the characters is electric and the hits keep coming. If you’re a fan then you’ll be impressed by the true to form renditions – loud and raucous but always witty and thoughtful. If you missed this 60’s and 70’s sensation then you’ll go away wondering how? You Really Got Me, All Day and All of the Night, Summertime, Lola and Waterloo Sunset all got a good airing. The script takes you through the bands formative times, their first deal at the hands of managers and publishers, the penning of their greatest songs, band rifts, marital strife, dealing with fame and trying to break America.

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Ryan O’Donnell as Ray Davies does suitably well portraying the sensitive moments of self-reflection as his artistic integrity is pitted against the commercial reality that will hold the band together.

Mark Newnham gives a stand-out performance as Ray’s wayward brother Dave. Great guitarist and believable hellraiser, as he swings from a chandelier across the stage in pink frock and leather jacket, never far from a half drank bottle of some spirit or other.

The high-octane finale see’s the band finally ‘making it stateside’ at Madison Square Garden with a medley of hits which has the audience on their feet for a dancing ovation.

Great supporting cast, great set, great musicians, great entertainment!

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Tickets here!

 

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