Kinks Musical Headed for London Stage

Sunny Afternoon will use the music of the Kinks to bring Ray Davies‘ early life story to the stage


A new musical based on the music of legendary rock band the Kinks is bound for the London stage next year. Sunny Afternoon, named for the band’s 1966 hit, will use the Kinks’ music to tell the story of Ray Davies’ early life and how he came to form the group with his brother Dave Davies.


The play, which is set to open at London’s Hampstead Theater, was penned by playwright, Joe Penhall, recipient of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play for his project Blue/Orange.


No details on casting have yet been released.


Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the band and Dave Davies has made remarks indicating the band may possibly celebrate the milestone by regrouping for some gigs or possibly even a tour.


“We talked about the old days and maybe doing something next year,” said the guitarist, speaking to Rolling Stone. “I thought to myself, ‘Oh shit, maybe we could actually do something before we fall down dead.’ It was very positive.’


In the meantime, you can check out this amazing vintage clip of the Kinks doing “Sunny Afternoon” on Dutch television in 1966.


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