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Review: Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre)

Tuesday, 17th Jul 2018  

Kinky Boots Review - Adelphi Theatre

This most British of stories opened to much fanfare on Broadway (winning multiple Tony awards) before making its way to its home country. It repeated its Tony Awards success at the Olivier Awards by winning the major Musical Theatre awards. Music and Lyrics are by 80’s pop icon Cyndi Lauper with direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots is a feel good musical, inspired by true events, that celebrates diversity, individuality and acceptance.

Set in Northampton, Charlie Price (Oliver Tompsett) is trapped. He’s reluctantly engaged to girlfriend Nicola (Cordelia Farnworth) and has inherited the family shoe factory. When the factory faces closure, Charlie has to take the company in a new direction or close the doors for good. Enter Lola (Simon-Anthony Rhoden), who points out that London’s thriving drag scene is in need of glamorous shoes to meet the needs of the queens. Seeing the opportunity to occupy a niche market, Charlie embraces the change and finds an unexpected friend and new love as a result.

Brilliantly colourful with catchy music and impressive production numbers, Kinky Boots is heartfelt and uplifting. Having seen the musical once already, this was a return visit to see the show with a fresh cast. I enjoyed it even more the second time round. The new cast brings incredible quality to the show. Their vocals may even be better than the original award-winning cast! The production remains full of energy and celebratory life. Ms Lauper’s music is a brilliant balance between pop and story. The polish of the production is of the highest quality but it is beautifully acted too. Oliver Tompsett brings weight to everyman Charlie while Simon-Anthony Rhoden is superb as the strong willed yet sensitive Lola. Their friendship is unlikely yet believable. Natalie McQueen is also outstanding as Charlie’s quirky new love interest Lauren.

After a four year run, Kinky Boots has announced it will close in London on January 12th 2019 and the current London cast are well worth catching. However, it will continue to strut its stuff around the UK on tour for a year from September 19th 2018.

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