Sunny Afternoon

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The Kinks' life story is brought to life on stage in Sunny Afternoon, with music and lyrics by Ray Davies and a book by Joe Penhall. Directed by Edward Hall, Sunny Afternoon is the 2015 Olivier Award-winning Best New Musical.

Set against the back-drop of revolutionary Britain in the conservative 50's and riotous 60's, Sunny Afternoon is the raucous musical that follows the highs and lows of one of Britain's most iconic bands. Featuring hit songs such as "Waterloo Sunset", "You Really Got Me", "Lola" and, of course, "Sunny Afternoon", Sunny Afternoon is a rock 'n' roll musical not to be missed!

 
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History

Up 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 The club refused to abide by the outdated Theatres Act of 1843, meaning it staged text that had previously been banned.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 2016.

Past Shows

The importance of being Earnest
The Importance Of Being Earnest
(closed 20 Sep 2014)
100x150 Relative Values
Relative Values
(closed 21 Jun 2014)
Mojo Harold Pinter Theatre
Mojo
(closed 8 Feb 2014)

 
Chimerica 100x150
Chimerica
(closed 16 Oct 2013)
Merrily We Roll Along - Harold Pinter 100x150
Merrily We Roll Along
(closed 27 Jul 2013)
Old-Times-100x150
Old Times
(closed 6 Apr 2013)

 
ACOD Encore 100x150
A Chorus of Disapproval
(closed 5 Jan 2013)
TAOK - Logo 100x150
South Downs and The Browning Version
(closed 21 Jul 2012)
absent friends
Absent Friends
(closed 14 Apr 2012)