Hampstead Theatre's Kinks Musical SUNNY AFTERNOON Eyeing the West End, Big Screen?

Hampstead Theatre's Kinks Musical SUNNY AFTERNOON Eyeing the West End, Big Screen?

The Daily Mail reports that Hampstead Theatre's SUNNY AFTERNOON might soon be transferring to the West End -- or even the big screen. Actor/director Dexter Fletcher allegedly appeared at the show with film producers Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich to scout the production.

Read the original story here.

As far as a potential West End run goes, no news yet on the timeline or the theatre. BWW will keep you updated as we know more!

SUNNY AFTERNOON is the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks. Featuring some of The Kinks' best loved songs, including You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset and Lola, and with choreographer Adam Cooper joining the creative team, SUNNY AFTERNOON marks the 50th Anniversary year of the band's debut release.

John Dagleish plays Ray Davies, George Maguire plays Dave Davies, Ned Derrington plays Pete Quaife and Adam Sopp plays Mick Avory - The Kinks. They are joined by Carly Anderson, Philip Bird, Ben Caplin, Lillie Flynn, Emily Goodenough, Helen Hobson, Vince Leigh, Amy Ross, Marvin Springer, Dominic Tighe and Tam Williams.

July 30th, 1966, as Bobby Moore lifts the world-cup trophy, a hundred thousand fans in Wembley are singing SUNNY AFTERNOON in unison; the number one hit which rocked the nation that summer. But how did that happen? And how did The Kinks end up not only invading America but also being banned from playing there at the height of their career?

Ray Davies' story is told with Music and Lyrics by Ray Davies, a new book by Joe Penhall, directed by Edward Hall and with a radical new design by Miriam Buether. Musical Director is Elliot Ware, lighting is by Rick Fisher and sound by Matt McKenzie.

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.

Hampstead Theatre's Artistic Director Edward Hall directs, following the sell-out Raving in November and Chariots of Fire in 2012 (Hampstead and West End). Other credits include No Naughty Bits, Loyalty and Enlightenment (all Hampstead Theatre) and as Artistic Director of award winning Propeller Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, A Winter's Tale and Henry V.

SUNNY AFTERNOON is currently booking through 24 May 2014 at the Hampstead. For more information, visit www.hampsteadtheatre.com.

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