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Things You Might Not Know about the West End’s Sunny Afternoon and The Kinks

Thursday, 14th Jan 2016  

Sunny Afternoon - Harold Pinter Theatre

The popular jukebox musical about The Kinks and their often rocky road to success not only makes for a fantastic night of nostalgic music when you relive the bands classics, but a fascinating story too. Whether you’re a diehard Kinks fan or simply love the theatre, the show offers something for everyone and will no doubt have you singing along way before you’ve even had the time to contemplate whether or not to have an ice cream at interval.

Here are 6 interesting facts about the band and the much-loved Sunny Afternoon London musical:

1. A lot of the time brothers Ray and Dave Davies didn’t get along. Their scrappy relationship had a large influence on their career and eventually made them an unpopular choice for a number of venues as well as amongst other artists. 

2. The band had several different names including The Ravens and The Bo Weevils before they were officially signed and decided on The Kinks.

3. After the banned toured in America for the first time in 1965 they were issued with a US tour ban. Although the reasons for this were undisclosed it the time, it was rumoured to be a result of the erratic nature of the band, impacting their potential to build-up their American fan base. 

4. Songs you can expect to hear throughout the show include some of the bands most well-known hits including You Really Got Me, All Day and All of the Night, Lola and of course, Sunny Afternoon.

5. The show has been awarded 4 Olivier Awards including one for Best New Musical in 2015.

6. The official cast album includes 29 tracks by The Kinks and was produced by Ray Davies and recorded at the legendary Konk Studios in London.

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Bronwen Morgan
Bronwen Morgan Bronwen is our theatre show aficionado with a real passion for musicals. She regularly visits the theatre as part of her role here at Box Office to help with our latest news and social media updates. Originally from Scotland, Bronwen has seen shows in the US as well as the UK.

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