Sunday, 8 March 2015

Sunny Afternoon named Most Inspiring West End Show

Sunny Afternoon has been voted Most Inspiring West End Show by the readers of West End Frame. Marking the first West End Frame Award of 2015, theatregoers chose the musical out of twenty nominated productions.  

Sunny Afternoon, which tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks, transferred to the West End last year following its premiere at the Hampstead Theatre.  

Currently booking at the Harold Pinter Theatre to 24th October 2015, the acclaimed cast of Sunny Afternoon includes John Dagleish as Ray Davies, George Maguire as Dave Davies, Ned Derrington as Pete Quaife and Adam Sopp as Mick Avory. 

Broadway musical Memphis, which opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre last year with Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly in starring roles, finishes second place whilst the West End revival of Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre finishes third. 

Completing the runners-up are Les Miserables (Queen’s) and Cats (London Palladium). London is home to some of the most inspiring theatre in the world. This award was a celebration of all those shows which leave audiences with a spring in their step - whether people are left with tears of joy or sadness, all the nominated shows make a mark on their audiences. 

Voting for Most Inspiring West End Show opened on Wednesday 25th February and closed on Friday 6th March 2015. The award was previously won by Cabaret in December 2012 with Our Boys and Les Miserables finishing as runners-up. 

Most Inspiring West End Show marked the first of the 2015 West End Frame Awards. Unlike other theatre awards, West End Frame only opens voting for one category at a time and combines musicals and plays into the same categories (where applicable). Over 50,000 votes were counted during the 2014 West End Frame Awards. Voting for the next Award will open in April. 

Photo Credit: Kevin Cummins

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