The Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon announces return to Sunderland Empire

It’s been announced that The Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon is returning to Sunderland Empire in 2020.

By Katy Wheeler
Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 6:54 pm
Sunny Afternoon will play Sunderland Empire in September 2020.
Sunny Afternoon will play Sunderland Empire in September 2020.

Sonia Friedman Productions and Ambassador Theatre Group Productions have announced that the multi Olivier Award-winning hit will return for its second UK tour, opening at the Manchester Opera House in August 2020, and running at Sunderland Empire from September 22-26, 2020.

Sunny Afternoon tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks, who exploded on to the ‘60s music scene with a raw, energetic new sound that rocked a nation.

Recipient of four Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music for Ray Davies, the musical features some of The Kinks’ best-loved songs, including You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, All Day and All of the Night and Lola.

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Producer Sonia Friedman said: “I’ve loved this musical from the moment Ray Davies, Joe Penhall, Ed Hall and I started to develop it several years ago and am incredibly excited and proud that we are bringing back our joyous and celebratory Olivier Award-winning Best New Musical. “For those who missed it the first-time round, UK audiences will have the treat of experiencing it for the very first time or, if you’ve seen it before, you’ll be able to see it again and again.”

*Tickets go on general sale from 10am on Friday, December 13 from 0844 871 3022 or online at