Ray Davies’ extraordinary life story told with Music and Lyrics by Ray Davies, a new Book by Joe Penhall, Direction by Edward Hall and Design by Miriam Buether, Sunny Afternoon explores the rise to stardom of The Kinks. Set against the back-drop 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 iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations.
Booking until 23 May 2015
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HistoryUp until 2011 the theatre was named “The Comedy” but was renamed to honour the deceased playwright, Harold Pinter. The theatre opened in 1881 with a comic opera, The Mascotte.
Pre war performances included Raffles (1906), and Peg O’ Heart of Mine in 1914. Throughout World War One the theatre began to establish itself as home of Cochran and Charlot review shows.
The theatre sparked controversy and played a large part in overturning theatre censorship with its New Watergate Club, established in 1956. The club refused to abide by the outdated Theatres Act of 1843, meaning it staged text that had previously been banned. Notable plays staged at the theatre at this time were Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge and Tennessee Williams’ Cat on A Hot Tin Roof.
In the 90’s the theatre became home to a large number of Harold Pinter Plays including The Homecoming (1991), The Caretaker (1992), Moonlight (1995) and The Hothouse (1995.) This is perhaps another reason why theatre adopted the playwrights name in 2011.
In recent years the venue has been home to short but successful runs including Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (2006), Birdsong (2010) and A Chorus of Disapproval (2012.)
The theatre has received amazingly good press in 2013 as revival production of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along received the most 5 star reviews in the history of the West End and the following play Chimerica by Lucy Kirkwood, received similarly rave reviews. Both shows received Olivier Award nominations.
In 2014 the Harold Pinter Theatre sees productions of Relative Values and The Importance of Being Earnest and Sunny Afternoon (The Kinks musical) which continues into 2015.