Sunny Afternoon, the jukebox musical telling the story of The Kinks, won four Olivier awards in 2015, including Best New Musical. The Kinks’ lead singer and songwriter, Ray Davies, also won an Olivier that same night. In the same vein as other jukebox musicals like Jersey Boys, Sunny Afternoon not only features the songs of The Kinks, but is also written by the band and tells the story of the band. Ray Davies was keen to remain objective as a writer, and to give a warts-and-all account of the band and the British sixties too.
Following a successful run at the Harold Pinter theatre in the West End, Sunny Afternoon has been on tour since August 2016 and is now returning to London at the New Wimbledon Theatre, for a week starting on 28 March. With Ryan O’Donnell reprising the role of Ray Davies after playing him already in the West End, this looks to be a particularly exciting touring production; whether you already saw it in the West End or not, head on down to Wimbledon for some Kinks-y action.