The first production images of the new cast of Sunny Afternoon, the multi-Olivier Award-winning hit British musical based on the music of The Kinks, have been released today to mark the production’s first anniversary in the West End at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
The new cast is Danny Horn (Doctor Who; The Dead Dogs), who will play Ray Davies, with Oliver Hoare (Antony and Cleopatra, Chichester) as Dave Davies, Tom Whitelock (Times Square Angel, Union) as bassist Pete Quaife and Damien Walsh (Dreamboats and Petticoats) as drummer Mick Avory. At certain performances, the role of Ray Davies will be played by Ryan O’Donnell (Romeo and Juliet, RSC; Quadrophenia).
The cast also includes Jason Baughan, Niamh Bracken, Christopher Brandon, Harriet Bunton, Alice Cardy, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Jay Marsh, Megan Leigh Mason, Stephen Pallister, Charlie Tighe and Gabriel Vick.
With a book by Joe Penhall, music and lyrics and original story by Ray Davies, and directed by Edward Hall, Sunny Afternoon has established itself as a firm favourite with audiences and critics alike since it opened at the Harold Pinter Theatre in October 2014.
Sunny Afternoon was the best performing show at this year’s Olivier Awards, winning four awards including Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music.
Featuring some of The Kinks’ best-loved songs, including You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset and Lola, Sunny Afternoon shows the music of The Kinks is still as popular as ever, more than 50 years since the band’s rise to fame.
Visit www.sunnyafternoonthemusical.com to buy tickets.
Images: Kevin Cummins