Kinks Musical Coming to London

'Sunny Afternoon' uses band's hits to tell Ray Davies' life story

Ray Davies performs in Paddock Wood, United Kingdom.
Gus Stewart/Redferns via Getty Images
December 13, 2013 5:40 PM ET

A new musical based on the life of Kinks frontman Ray Davies is coming to London next year. The BBC reports that Sunny Afternoon, named after the Kinks' 1966 hit, will use songs by the band to tell the story of Davies' early life as well as the rise of the band he founded with his brother Dave in 1964.

See Where the Kinks Rank on Our List of the 100 Greatest Artists

The show is based on a script by Joe Penhall, who has won a number of playwriting honors, including the 2000 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play for his work Blue/Orange. Casting details have not yet been announced, but the play is set to open at London's Hampstead Theatre.

This isn't the first stage musical based on Ray Davies' work. In 2008, he wrote a musical called Come Dancing, inspired by the Kinks hit of same name. Set in a London dance hall in the 1950s, the show just used the one song by the band, in addition to about 20 new songs that Davies wrote for the project.

Next year is a big one for the Kinks: they'll be celebrating their 50-year anniversary and, although the last time they performed together was 1996, there seems to be some chance of a reunion. "We talked about the old days and maybe doing something next year," guitarist Dave Davies recently told Rolling Stone of his relationship with his brother, which has been troubled over the years. "I thought to myself, 'Oh shit, maybe we could actually do something before we fall down dead.' It was very positive." 

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

More Song Stories entries »