Hampstead Theatre musical about The Kinks wins four Olivier Awards
A Hampstead Theatre production became the best performing show at last night’s star-studded Olivier Awards, taking home four awards.
New hit British musical Sunny Afternoon won Best New Musical, with John Dagleish winning Best Actor in a Musical, George Maguire winning Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, and Ray Davies of The Kinks winning for Outstanding Achievement in Music.
The awards ceremony took place at London’s Royal Opera House.
The musical charts sixties pop group The Kinks and its band members’ rise from “life on a dead end street to living the pop star dream of fame, fortune and glory”.
The group was formed in Muswell Hill by brothers Dave Davies and Ray Davies with Peter Quaife in 1963.
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Ray Davies said the unruly north London lads in The Kinks were “four of the unlikeliest pop stars you”ll ever see”.
Accepting his award, he paid tribute to the people who had inspired songs including Waterloo Sunset, Dead End Street and See My Friends.
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He added: “People are the source of my material.
“So the next time you’re sitting in a park somewhere and you see someone like me looking at you — don’t phone the police. I’m just writing about you.
“The world is a wonderful place to be in for people.”
Speaking backstage, Mr Davies said he was already making plans for another musical but stayed tight-lipped about it saying only it would be an “original” and “spectacular”.
The show scooped three more awards with George Maguire, who plays Ray’s brother Dave in the show, named best supporting actor in a musical.
He thanked The Kinks guitarist, saying: “Thank you Dave for being you”, before the Olivier for best actor in a musical went to the man playing Ray - John Dagleish - who thanked the singer for “some of the best music ever written”.
It was also named best new musical and Mr Davies dedicated the win to his three families – his cast, his real family in north London and The Kinks.
Following a sold-out run at Hampstead Theatre, Sunny Afternoon opened at the Harold Pinter theatre in October.
It was directed by Edward Hall, artistic director of Hampstead Theatre.
In total, Hampstead Theatre received seven Olivier Awards nominations.
Judges of the prestigious theatre awards ceremony recognised three shows at the playhouse in Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, giving it the second highest number of nominations for any producing theatre.