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Everything you need to know about the West End hit Kinky Boots

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Everything you need to know about the West End hit Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots has now closed at the Adelphi Theatre. Why not read all about Waitress the Musical, currently at the Adelphi Theatre?

“Leave expectation at the door” and fall head-over-heels for the colourful carnival that is Kinky Boots.

All about Kinky Boots

What’s the background?

Featuring a score from Grammy and Tony Award-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, and direction and choreography from Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Legally Blonde) this hilarious and moving West End musical is a celebration of the friendships we can discover in the most unexpected of places, and the belief that you can “change the world when you change your mind”. Matt Henry and Killian Donnelly led the original London cast after it transferred to the UK in 2015 following a hit Broadway run.

It really was the hottest show in town, Kinky Boots has everything you could look for in an evening’s entertainment – effortlessly catchy tunes, spectacular dance sequences and an emotional punch to boot. Exploring father/son relationships and what it means to accept those who are different, this spectacular show will raise your spirits and have you dancing in the aisles of the Adelphi Theatre.

Kinky Boots

What’s it based on?

The show is based on the true story of Steve Pateman’s shoe factory and was adapted from the 2005 Miramax film of the same name. The film itself was inspired by a BBC2 documentary series called ‘Trouble at the Top’, which broadcast an episode on 24th February 1999 about Pateman. The show followed his struggle against the possible closure of W J Brooks and Co. (founded 1889), a family-controlled Northamptonshire shoe factory. The firm was making 4,000 pairs of traditional shoes a week, but the strong value of the pound, interest rate rises and the flood of imports proved overwhelming. Pateman slashed his workforce from 70 to 55, then eventually to 21.

His luck changed when the owner of a store selling footwear favoured by drag queens rang to ask if W J Brooks and Co. could make thigh-high boots, in red or black leather or PVC. Realising what a lucrative market it could be, he began making his own designs. Pateman sold his new products under the name Divine Footwear.

Steve Pateman

What’s the synopsis?

On the sudden passing of his father, Charlie reluctantly inherits the family’s Northampton shoe factory and returns home, giving up his new life in London. Desperately battling with his own doubts of where he fits in the world, Charlie struggles to uphold his father’s legacy and save the factory from closure. But help arrives in the most unexpected of forms – local cabaret star Lola.

This fabulous drag queen’s penchant for sturdy stilettos may just be the re-making of the Price & Son shoe factory. Under Lola and Charlie’s supervision, the factory begins to produce “kinky boots” – women’s shoes for men – and hope that this crazy scheme may actually turn around the fortunes of the floundering company. Strutting their stuff all the way to a high-profile fashion show in Milan, these fabulous boots help uncover the common ground between two very different men, establishing a treasured friendship and allowing them to finally be comfortable in their own shoes.

Kinky Boots

Who’s in it?

Simon-Anthony Rhoden – Lola

Oliver Tompsett – Charlie

Natalie McQueen – Lauren

Sean Needham – Don

Cordelia Farnworth – Nicola

Antony Reed – George

The current Kinky Boots cast is completed by Abbey Addams, Jak Allen-Anderson, Louis Clarke-Clare, Daniel Downing, David Haydn, Graham Kent, Christopher Parkinson, Hannah Price, Anna Stolli, Olivia Winterflood, Jed Berry, Momar Diagne, Jemal Felix, Jordan Fox, Rosie Glossop, Robert Grose, Keith Higham, Ben Jennings, Robert Jones, Suzie McAdam, Emma Odell, Jon Reynolds and Tom Scanlon.

How many awards did it win?

The West End production of Kinky Boots has won an Evening Standard award for Best Musical, WhatsOnStage awards for Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, and Best Choreography, and Olivier awards for Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, and Best Costume Design.

Kinky Boots

What are the songs in Kinky Boots?

Unusual facts about Kinky Boots

  • The day after winning the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical, the Broadway show sold a record-breaking $1.25 million worth of tickets. The musical went on to recoup its initial $30 million investment after just 30 weeks!
  • On 2nd 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
Kinky Boots

How long did it run for?

The show ran at the Adelphi Theatre from 15th September 2015, before playing its final performance on Saturday 12th January 2019.