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Harold Pinter Theatre - Formerly

Comedy Theatre, Panton Street SW1Y 4DN

Sunday Afternoon

By Ray Davies
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Show Details

Preview 4th Oct 14
Opens 28th Oct 14
Booking to 28th May 16

Show Times

Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matineé Weds & Sat 2.30 pm

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.




This so-called 'jukebox musical' is actually a high charged Kinks gig every performance. Ray Davies is all over it and the same band plays throughout as an integral part of the music. You can always tell in the way the audience leaves the performance after it's done. After a Sunny Day gig they leave energised with a light in their eyes and a big smile.

That's value for a start. In addition the band have taken more energy and emotion to give from the enthusiasm of the audience all along the way.

The Kinks wrote their own songs as well as loving songs written by others. But what singles the Kinks out to be called as progenitors of an English movement is their wit. The wit in the vernacular used by John Cleese and his lot was followed by the Beatles, Kinks the Stones and the Faces. Saying songs in English like you would down the pub. Billy Bragg wrote songs in real good English  he even wrote about Englishness.

I dare say that the American songwriters had a glorious and charming originality of their own but have never quite 'learned the song' where it came to covers of those English ones. Sure, you had people like the Black Crows and the Monkees but they weren't quite the same were they?

Wit's a very English thing. We'd rather not laugh at another man's discomfiture, but turn aside from noticing he feels hurt. Pain tends to stop in its tracks as soon as hurt feelings be first observed and then ignored.

As I said, this story is well told and the band is real. They are a band.
This one's a show you are CERTAIN to enjoy now that's a plus.


If you go along to this show you're sure to get a right Zing. You'll get a lot more about the Kinks, the era and why they were the spearhead to the English Rock and a roll movement.

Finally - a great gig.


  • Danny Horn - Ray Davies
  • Oliver Hoare - Dave Davies
  • Tom Whitelock - Pete Quaife
  • Damien Walsh - Mick Avory
  • Niamh Bracken
  • Christopher Brandon
  • Jason Baughan
  • Harriet Bunton
  • Alice Cardy
  • Oliver Hoare
  • Danny Horn
  • Gillian Kirkpatrick
  • Jay Marsh
  • Megan Leigh Mason
  • Ryan O'Donnell
  • Stephen Pallister
  • Charlie Tighe
  • Gabriel Vick
  • Damien Walsh
  • Tom Whitelock

  • Book - Joe Penhall
  • Original Story - Ray Davies
  • Music & Lyrics - Ray Davies
  • Director - Edward Hall
  • Design - Miriam Buether
  • Lighting- Rick Fisher
  • Choreography - Adam Cooper
  • Costume -
  • Sound - Matt McKenzie
  • Producer - Sonia Friedman Productions with Greg Ripley-Duggan for Hampstead Theatre Productions
© 2017 Updated 11th Mar 2017