The Kinks-inspired musical ‘Sunny Afternoon’ wins four accolades at Olivier Awards

The musical wins Best New Musical, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Outstanding Achievement in Music

The Kinks-inspired musical ‘Sunny Afternoon’ was the big winner at last night’s Olivier Awards in London.

The show, written by Joe Penhall, picked up four awards, including Best New Musical. Stars John Dagleish and George Macguire, who play brothers Ray and Dave Davies, were awarded Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in the musical category respectively, whilst Ray Davies himself was also recognised with the award for Outstanding Achievement in Music for its score.

On accepting the award, Davies commented on how people were the inspiration behind the music of The Kinks: “Without people we have no plays we have no films. People are the source of my material. The next time you are 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 award comes at the start of what is set to be a big year for fans of The Kinks: the band revealed earlier this year that they have put their animosity behind them and are beginning to work on new material. The brothers began to rebuild their relationship with the development of the ‘Sunny Afternoon’ musical, although this was solely a project for Ray.