Kinky Boots Tickets

Adelphi Theatre Strand, London, WC2E 7NA
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Kinky Boots Child Policy

8+. Contains mild adult content.


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Captioned

Monday 9th October 2017 at 7:30pm

Audio Described

Wednesday 8th November 2017 at 2:30pm

Signed

Thursday 23 November 2017 at 7:30pm

Performance Timings
Monday - 19:30
Tuesday - 19:30
Wednesday 14:30 19:30
Thursday - 19:30
Friday - 19:30
Saturday 14:30 19:30
Sunday - -
Show Info

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Winner of every major Best Musical award on Broadway and in the West End, Kinky Boots is the hottest show in town!

With songs by Grammy® and Tony® Award winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, and based on the comedy film about a son who reluctantly inherits his father’s shoe factory, Kinky Boots continues to strut its spectacular stuff in its third year at the Adelphi Theatre.

Big-hearted and high-spirited, the West End musical, inspired by true events, tells the true story of Charlie Price, the new owner of his late father’s Northampton shoe factory. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save the family business from bankruptcy, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, an entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos.

As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discovers that when you change your mind, you can change the world.

The uplifting tale of success against the odds was first brought to life on the big screen in 2005, with Oscar nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor starring as the spectacular Lola, before its musical adaptation premiered in Chicago in October 2012. Kinky Boots made its Broadway debut in April 2013, going on to win a season-high 13 Tony Award nominations, winning 6 (including Best Musical and Best Score).

The West End production of Kinky Boots features a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and direction by Jerry Mitchell, whose credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical, Hairspray and Legally Blonde The Musical.

Taking you from the factory floor to the glamorous catwalks of Milan, Kinky Boots’ beloved status in the West End was consolidated in its Best New Musical victory at the 2016 Olivier Awards ceremony, proving that sometimes the best way to fit in… is to stand out!


The backstory

The show is based on the 2005 film of the same name. The film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth is inspired by the true story of the young owner of a struggling shoe factory in northern England who found an unlikely business partner which changed his life forever.

Shortly after the film was released, Geoff and Tim realised the touching and glitzy story would make a brilliant musical. Four years after the show’s conception a creative team – including Cyndi Lauper – was assembled and Kinky Boots The Musical went into development.

In October 2012, it made its world premiere at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago before making its Broadway debut at Al Hirschfeld Theatre in April 2013.

Despite being pit against Matilda The Musical, it swept the 2013 Tony Awards receiving a staggering 13 nominations and winning 6.

When it came to the West End, it met rave reviews and received seven Olivier Award nominations, taking home three – including the Best New Musical award.


What’s Kinky Boots about?

It tells the true story of Charlie Price – a young man who inherits a shoe factory in Northampton. But the business is failing and if he doesn’t do something fast, his whole workforce will face unemployment. But, on one fateful night, Charlie meets Lola – a cabaret performer in need of some rather sturdy stilettos.

With Lola’s help, Charlie creates a brand new line of shoes for a very particular clientele, and both their lives change forever.


What age is Kinky Boots appropriate for?

The show is recommended for audiences aged 8 and over. Parental discretion is advised due to mild adult content.


How long is Kinky Boots?

The show is 2 hours and 30 minutes including one interval. Performances are normally at 7.30pm Monday to Saturday, with matinee performances at 2.30pm on Wednesday and Saturday.


Where is Kinky Boots playing in London?

It’s currently playing at Adelphi Theatre on The Strand. The nearest stations to the show are Charing Cross (350m), Covent Garden (500m) or Embankment (500m). You can also get to the Adelphi Theatre via overground train to London Charing Cross (350m).


Will Kinky Boots be touring?

Yes, it will! Later this year, it will be engaging on a UK tour. It’ll start in Northampton (the city the show is based in) in September 2018 and conclude in Southampton in September 2019. Until then, the only place to see it will be at the Adelphi Theatre.


Who is in the Kinky Boots cast?

There are eight young actors in the cast, plus six fierce drag queens.

Lola is played by Simon-Anthony Rhoden. Simon-Anthony’s previous credits include If I Should Stay and Vernon God Little. The role of Lola was famously played by Matt Henry who won an Olivier Award for his performance.

Charlie Price is played by Oliver Tompsett. Oliver’s appeared in many West End shows including Wicked and We Will Rock You. Killian Donnelly originated the role in the West End and was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance.

Lauren is played by Natalie McQueen. Natalie has starred in Les Mis and Wonderland.

Don is played by Sean Needham. You may recognise Sean from his appearances in Mamma Mia!, Wicked, and Our House.

Nicola is played by Bleu Woodward. Bleu was the original understudy of Nicola and when Cordelia Farnworth went on maternity leave, Bleu took the role. Cordelia will be returning to the role of Nicola this year.

George is played by Anthony Reed. Anthony has travelled the world to perform in shows such as Mamma Mia! and Annie.


Facts & Figures

The day after winning the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical, the show sold a record breaking $1.25million worth of tickets. The musical went on to recoup its initial $30 million investment after just 30 weeks!

On 2 December 2015 the first international production of Kinky Boots opened at the Chungmu Art Hall in Seoul, South Korea.

Cyndi Lauper was the first solo woman to win the Tony Award for Best Score.

The cast recording won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.


Kinky Boots songs

Act I
"Price & Son Theme/The Most Beautiful Thing"
"Take What You Got"
"Land of Lola"
"Charlie's Soliloquy"
"Step One"
"Sex is in the Heel"
"The History of Wrong Guys"
"Not My Father's Son"
"Everybody Say Yeah"
Act II
"Price & Son Theme" (reprise)
"What a Woman Wants"
"In This Corner"
"Charlie's Soliloquy" (reprise)
"Soul of a Man"
"The History of Wrong Guys"
"Hold Me in Your Heart"
"Raise You Up/Just Be"


Will I like Kinky Boots?

If you like fun, you’ll love this. It’s a heartwarming story of acceptance and triumph with songs from Cyndi Lauper and some of London’s best drag performers. It’s great fun for all the family and it’ll make you want to invest in some spangly thigh-highs and live your best life.


Kinky Boots Child Policy

8+. Contains mild adult content.

Important information

Running time
2 Hours and 25 Minutes
Booking Until
Sun, 13 January 2019
Cast

Kinky Boots Cast


By: Book by Harvey Fierstein
Producer: Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig
Director: Jerry Mitchell
Songs by: Music & Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Lighting: Kenneth Posner
Sound: John Shivers
Design: David Rockwell
Choreography: Jerry Mitchell
Costume: Gregg Barnes

Cast list:
Simon-Anthony Rhoden (Lola), David Hunter (Charlie Price), Verity Rushworth (Lauren), Alan Mehdizadeh (Don), Cordelia Farnworth (Nicola), Michael Hobbs (George), Suzie McAdam, Jed Berry, Momar Diagne, Lauren Drew, Dale Evans, Jemal Felix, Jordan Fox, Rosie Glossop, George Grayson, Robert Grose, Keith Higham, Melissa Jacques, Ben Jennings, Robert Jones, Georgia Louise, Jane Milligan, Robin Mills, Sean Needham, Emma Odell, Antony Reed Jon Reynolds,Tom Scanlon, Dominic Tribuzio.

Other info:
Based on a motion picture of the same name.
Reviews

Kinky Boots Critics & Reviews

Critics rating: ****
Average press rating: ***
Review by: Mark Shenton

When Broadway appropriated the 1997 British comedy The Full Monty, they went the full monty not just in terms of nudity (briefly but hidden from real view by the glare of spotlights from behind the actors) but also in giving it the works with a total makeover that shifted its unemployed steelworkers from Sheffield in the UK to Buffalo in upstate New York.

The Broadway creators of the musical version of another low-budget British film comedy Kinky Boots (originally released in 2005), however, have kept its original setting of Northampton; perhaps the true story it is based on of a shoe factory that finds a new niche market in manufacturing sturdier boots for transvestite use is just the sort of quaint thing we Brits might do.

But just the sort of quaint thing Broadway did to it was to perform it in terrible English regional accents when it was premiered there in 2013, and I’m afraid I had trouble getting past them when I saw it there. (I also freely confess that I had trouble getting past the fact that it beat Britain’s own and thoroughly better musical Matilda to that year’s Tony Award).

However, seeing it again now brought 'home' to the Adelphi, it has gained not only in authenticity but also context: here it is one of a recent line of industrial musicals made out of films, from Billy Elliot to Made in Dagenham (that played at the same address immediately before it). So once again we have a factory on stage — but instead of a car-making one, which are difficult to wear, here it is the far more user-friendly manufacture of thigh-length boots that the show revolves around. As costumed by Gregg Barnes, the actors duly look fabulous as director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell doesn’t have them dancing so much on air as in those boots.

It is also scripted with real feeling and heart by Broadway drag veteran Harvey Fierstein, who seems to have a cross-dresser in every show, from Torch Song Trilogy (his first) to Casa Valentina (his latest Broadway play, which coincidentally opens in London the very next night after Kinky Boots did). Singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper, making her Broadway debut as a composer, provides the witty, sometimes gritty, pop-based songs, to tell the story of Charlie Price (Killian Donnelly) who returns to his home town to take over (and rescue) the family firm after his shoe-maker father dies. An encounter with Lola, a drag queen (Matt Henry), makes him realise there's a big untapped — and hitherto unserved — market in his industry — providing sturdy shoes for transvestites.

Donnelly and Henry establish a lovely rapport, and both are West End stalwarts who’ve now become stars. For Donnelly, it is his third consecutive West End lead but he's now home and dry as in a class of his own. Henry may have the more showy part -- and the great boots — but it is Donnelly who steals it: what a voice!

They’re joined by a terrific hard-working ensemble that bring this show to gleaming, authentic life and exhilarating fun.

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"You could make a case against the musical as a piece of preachy uplift about sexual tolerance. But it won me over through the quality of the lead performances, the verve of its staging and its conviction, in its fetishistic worship of thigh-high boots, that there’s no business like shoe business."
Michael Billington for The Guardian

"It may at times look as colourful as a pride carnival parade, but you can hear the creak of the production-line...it might seem ungracious to give it a kicking. But a kicking I feel obliged to give it."
Dominic Cavendish for The Telegraph

"It's good fun but, in my view, a bit too formulaic to induce rapture. You can't deny, though, that it brings a dynamic new dimension to the idea of dragging your heels."
Paul Taylor for The Independent

"The score by Cyndi Lauper is middling US rock, by-the-yard fare. Harvey Fierstein’s script has a few jolly moments but as many cliches."
Quentin Letts for The Daily Mail

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Venue Info

Adelphi Theatre

Strand, London, WC2E 7NA

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Adelphi Theatre

Address: 409-412 Strand, London, WC2R 0NS
Capacity: 1436

The version of the Adelphi Theatre that stands today opened its doors in December 1930, designed by the architect Ernest Schaufelberg. The first production to open in this theatre was Evergreen, a musical by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers. The art deco features created during this time are still apparent today, having been extensively restored in a 1993 renovation. This building is actually the fourth theatre to reside on the site, the first of which opened its doors on 27th November 1806 under the name The Sans Pareil.

The Sans Pareils was built by John Scott, a private businessman who built the theatre for his daughter so that she would have a place to perform and have the experience of managing a theatre. The theatre was refurbished in 1819 and renamed the Adelphi. In this incarnation the theatre became associated with burlettas, a form of entertainment where a straight play was substituted with songs and musical accompaniment to get round legal restrictions on the public performance of legitimate dramas.

Another name change in 1829 to Theatre Royal, Adelphi saw the theatre house a very successful series of stage adaptations of the novels of Charles Dickens, starting with The Pickwick Papers. Come 1858, the theatre had been demolished, rebuilt and renamed the Theatre Royal, New Adelphi. This was changed (again!) in 1867 to The Royal Adelphi Theatre.

A new theatre was constructed in 1901, designed by Ernest Runtz, opening as the Century Theatre in September 1901, but reverting to the Royal Adelphi Theatre in 1902. It became home to several musical comedies in the early 20th Century, including The Earl and the Girl (1904), The Boy (1917) and Mr. Cinders (1929). Once again, and for the final time, the Royal Adelphi Theatre was knocked down and rebuilt as the structure we see now, but it didn’t receive its current name until 1940 when the ‘Royal’ epithet was dropped.

This house has become heavily associated with musical theatre in the last 40 years, with Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music opening here in 1975, Cameron Mackintosh’s first production of My Fair Lady in 1982, and almost exclusively showing musicals since 1993 upon the renovation of the theatre and the opening of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. The transfer of Chicago from Broadway in 1997 brought the theatre its longest-running tenant, racking up almost nine years of performances before transferring to the Cambridge Theatre in 2006. The theatre’s current tenant is the Tony and Olivier award winning musical Kinky Boots.


Seating

The auditorium has three levels – Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle. The raking of the seats is not particularly substantial in any part of the theatre.

In the Stalls, the overhang of the Dress Circle affects the view of the top of the stage from the seats in Row P and onwards.

In the Dress Circle, patrons may miss action at the top and front of the stage in Row N due to the shallow rake of the seats in front and the overhang of the Upper Circle.

The Upper Circle is set fairly high in this theatre, though is not as far from the stage as in other theatres.


Facilities At Adelphi Theatre 

Seat plan: Adelphi Theatre Seat Plan
Facilities: Air conditioned
Bar
Disabled toilets
Infrared hearing loop
Toilets
Wheelchair accessible


Access description:
The main entrance has a ramp and automatic doors. Box Office counter to the right inside the entrance. No steps to Stalls from foyer. 41 steps up to the Dress Circle; 79 to the Upper Circle. Most staircases are highlighted and have handrails on both sides. Theatre opens 45 minutes before the performance.

Sound Amplification: Williams infra-red system with 10 headsets. Collect from Box Office.

Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are allowed into the auditorium and Front of House staff are happy to dog-sit (maximum 2).

Disabled Access: No steps to Stalls from foyer. 2 spaces for wheelchair users at the back - view slightly restricted. Transfer seating available to any stalls aisle seat. A maximum of 4 wheelchairs can be stored in the cloakroom. Provisions for 4 wheelchairs/scooter transferees per performance - please check when booking.

Toilets: Level access to women's toilets in the main entrance foyer and to both men's and women's in the Stalls. Men's and women's toilets available in the Dress Circle foyer area. Access to toilets in the Upper Circle involves a number of steps.

Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilet by the entrance to the Stalls.


Nearest tube: Charing Cross
Tube lines:  Bakerloo, Northern
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139, 176
Night bus numbers: (Strand) 23, 139, 176, N6, N9, N11, N13, N15, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
Car park: St Martin's Lane Hotel (4mins)
Within congestion zone?: Yes
Directions from tube: (3mins) Head out onto the main road Strand. Cross the street where possible and go right (approx. 150 metres). The theatre is on your left.

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