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Sunny Afternoon

Sunny Afternoon

Posted: 05 Oct 2016

Sunderland Empire

4 October


The most useful reviews are often the overheard comments as you leave the theatre and I have to say that the remarks I overheard upon leaving The Empire were all positive. 

This story of The Kinks did win four Olivier Awards and the Sunny Afternoon website proudly boasts of five 5-star reviews in national newspapers.

However for me this show was a journey up ‘Dead End Street’. It was awful. I love The Kinks music but the script, the acting and the choreography were so wooden that long chunks of the show were simply boring. 

Lengthy accounts of tax and contract problems are not the basis for a good night out, while not one of the cast came across to me as bursting with personality. 

When the songs – and there weren’t nearly enough of them in a two and a half hour show – were performed they were decent renditions, but that was down to the musicians side-stage rather than the protagonists. 

Sure, the audience were on their feet for the finale of a medley of Waterloo Sunset, Lola and You Really Got Me but I’m afraid a song not in their repertoire was the one I left humming - ‘Where Have All The Good Times Gone?’


Rob Mason

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