Four & five star reviews for The Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon

Four & five star reviews for The Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
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    The Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon has received four and five star reviews on its West End transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre.

    Depicting the band’s the rise to stardom in 50's and 60's Britain, Sunny Afternoon received five stars from The Telegraph and The Financial Times. The Telegraph’s Dominic Cavendish gushed, “I swear you'll get goosebumps… it could run forever and a day… a blazing triumph.”

    “Combining the adrenalin rush of a concert with fleet-footed theatricality, it conjures the whole youthful, rebellious spirit of the decade itself – and its many contradictions… Edward Hall's slick yet spontaneous-feeling production never loses sight of pleasure-giving principles and period-faithful thrills.”

    Cavendish also praised the cast who “play their instruments like pros… John Dagleish is perfect as the shy, spontaneously composing Ray… Adam Sopp is a percussive boy-wonder as volatile drummer Mick Avory while Ned Derrington delights as the dishy, increasingly reluctant bassist Pete Quaife.”

    Ian Shuttleworth of The Financial Times also gave Sunny Afternoon five stars, saying it “hits pretty much all the rock-narrative archetypes… and still it works fantastically well.”

    “Scriptwriter Joe Penhall stitches dialogue and song together seamlessly… I defy anyone to resist this show.”

    Sunny Afternoon also received four stars from the Evening Standard and The Guardian.

    The Standard's Fiona Mountford called Edward Hall's “confident” production “utterly joyous”. She said, “It's hard to praise sufficiently the phenomenal lead performance given by John Dagleish as Ray. He sings and plays guitar with both attack and élan, and convinces totally as a young man confused and underwhelmed by the arrival of fame. George Maguire is also in top-notch form as his wild-card, live-wire, trouble-making younger sibling Dave.”

    Michael Billington of The Guardian called the show “a heady celebration of a quintessentially English talent.”

    “John Dagleish perfectly captures Ray Davies's mix of bloody-mindnedness and innocence while George Maguire embodies brother Dave's wildness. Lillie Flynn as Ray's wife, Rasa, and Philip Bird as an overpowering Allen Klein also impress in a versatile ensemble that zips easily between acting and playing instruments.”

    Now playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 18 July 2015, book your Sunny Afternoon tickets today!