It seems as though a stage musical of the early story of Kinks front man Ray Davies will open on West End in 2014. The production entitled Sunday Afternoon will begin performances at London’s Hampstead Theatre April 14, 2014 with an official opening date of May 1, 2014. The production is expected to run through May 24, 2014.
The Kinks was formed by Ray Davies and his brother Dave in north London in 1964. They were regarded as a major part of the British musical invasion of the United States with five top 10 singles. Hits for the group include “Waterloo Sunset,” “Lola,” and “You Really Got Me.”
Sunday Afternoon is named after the group’s 1966 hit single. The production will trace the group’s journey to stardom during the 1960s and will feature the band’s hits penned by Davies, and a script by award winning playwright Joe Penhall.
Casting and other information relating to the show has yet to be announced, but is scheduled to be released in the near future.
The last time the group performed together was in 1996 though Davies hinted earlier this year that The Kinks would consider a reunion to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2014, and said that new material could be written to mark the occasion. In a statement given to The Guardian Davies stated, “I’m haunted by the songs I have written but never recorded.”