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Dartford: The Kinks' musical, Sunny Afternoon, with music and lyrics by Ray Davies, at the Orchard Theatre

By Angela Cole

When the Kinks exploded onto the music scene in the 1960s it was with a raw, energetic new sound that rocked a nation.

Songs like You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset and Lola became instantly recognisable hits for generations to come.

Set against a backdrop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 1950s and riotous 1960s, Sunny Afternoon tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the Kinks’ rise to stardom, with music and lyrics by the man himself.

Ned Derrington in Sunny Afternoon

Ned Derrington in Sunny Afternoon

Winner of four awards at the 2015 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Sunny Afternoon is off on tour after a West End run.

Ryan O'Donnell (Ray Davies) and Mark Newnham (Dave Davies) in the Kinks musical

Ryan O'Donnell (Ray Davies) and Mark Newnham (Dave Davies) in the Kinks musical

It’s at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre from Tuesday, November 15, to Saturday, November 19. To book or for more information, visit orchardtheatre.co.uk or call 01322 220000.

Ryan O'Donnell as Ray Davies and Lisa Wright as Rasa in Sunny Afternoon

Ryan O'Donnell as Ray Davies and Lisa Wright as Rasa in Sunny Afternoon

 

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