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Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon transfers to Harold Pinter Theatre

The Hampstead Theatre production will open in the West End in October

The company of Sunny Afternoon
The company of Sunny Afternoon

Hampstead Theatre's Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre in October, following a successful month-long run at the Swiss Cottage venue earlier this year.

The show, which is based on Kinks frontman Ray Davies' early years, features music and lyrics from Davies and "explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain's most iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations".

It has a book by playwright Joe Penhall, and includes classic songs such as "Lola", "Waterloo Sunset" and "You Really Got Me".

The principal cast members including John Dalgleish and George Maguire will transfer with the show, which starts previews on 4 October and opens on 28 October.

Producer Sonia Friedman told the Evening Standard that they would have transferred the show earlier but they wanted a smaller theatre and none was available. She added that she was "thrilled wit the response" to the show's Hampstead run.

The show features design by Miriam Buether, with choreography by Adam Cooper. Musical direction is by Elliott Ware, lighting by Rick Fisher and sound by Matt McKenzie.

Tickets go on pre-sale today, and will be on general sale from Monday 30 June.