Kinky Boots

Theatre, Musicals Adelphi Theatre , Charing Cross Until Saturday January 5 2019
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Cyndi Lauper's fabulous footwear-based musical has a real kick to it

Fabulously sassy, uplifting and ever so kinky, the Tony Award-winning musical that’s been dazzling audiences has finally high-kicked its way from Broadway to the West End.

RECOMMENDED: Read an interview with Cyndi Lauper

Based on true events, the story about a struggling Northampton shoe factory began life as an independent film, following in the footsteps of Brit-hits ‘Billy Elliot’, ‘The Full Monty’ and ‘Made in Dagenham’, before being transformed into a musical.

Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, with music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, ‘Kinky Boots’ follows factory owner Charlie Price (Killian Donnelly) whose chance encounter with drag queen Lola (Matt Henry) inspires a production line of sexy heels for transvestites that helps save the family business. 

This show is a lot of fun and the script plays up the comedy well, offering the cast some brilliantly tongue-in-cheek one-liners. It’s unfortunate that the script falls flat during the romantic storyline between Charlie, his fiancée and factory co-worker Lauren, which comes across as uneven and flimsy. 

That can be forgiven, though, as it’s the eccentric costumes and high-octane dance numbers like ‘Sex Is in the Heel’ that draw the audiences in. 

Henry gives Beyoncé a run for her money with some athletic dance moves, accompanied by a chorus line of incredibly toned drag queens. Some of the full company numbers are particularly well put together – especially the stylized boxing sequence during ‘In This Corner’ and the seamlessly choreographed ‘Everybody Say Yeah’ which is a delight to watch.

It’s not all glitz and high-kicks though; there are some grittier moments that give the show an edgier feel. 

Donnelly is very natural as Charlie and has some great comedic moments; however he’s often overshadowed by Henry who leads the ballad ‘Not My Father’s Son’ with a flawless vocal that feels genuine and heartfelt, proving he’s mastered the character’s light and shade perfectly.

Despite some saucy subject matter the show manages to uphold a family-friendly feel and tackles the matter of gender and sexuality well. It’s not groundbreaking, but the message of accepting ourselves and each other’s quirks is uplifting and relates to men, women and ‘those who have yet to make up their minds’. 

Now, where can I get myself a pair of those boots..? 

By Time Out reader NATALIE GROVER, for our reader takeover issue in September 22 2015. 

David Hunter is now playing Charlie; Matt Henry remains in the cast as Lola.

How to get cheap tickets: a limited number of day seats for night’s performance will go on sale at the box office every morning from 10.30am, priced £20 each. In person only. Tickets are limited to two per person.

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Venue name: Adelphi Theatre
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Address: 409-412
Strand
London
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Transport: Rail/Tube: Charing Cross; Tube: Covent Garden/Embankment
Event website: http://www.kinkybootsthemusical.co.uk
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Tastemaker

Kinkyboots is a great feel good show! I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a wonderful heartwarming story and is performed by a very talented cast, you can just tell that everyone on stage is having so much fun. I highly recommend!

tastemaker

FABULOUS! I went to see KB with my brother who half way through the show whispered to me 'this is amazing' and I couldn't agree more. The story line is brilliant. I laughed so much and in parts even welled up. The music and dancing is simply brilliant. I was gutted when the show ended.

tastemaker

Well this was such a treat! I knew that this would be a great musical as it's been around for so long and I certainly wasn't let down. 

From drag queens to emotional ballods, this musical had something for everyone and it's a true story!

 I loved the lead drag queen (Lola), she was fire and to be honest I wish I had gotten to know more of her story line. 

I personally thought the lead (Charlie) was quite bad. He sang in an American accent which didn't make sense given it was set in North Hampton and just overall didn't play it great. However the rest of the cast were good and I really liked the story line. I think everyone should see this play, it's feel good, its a musical and if you love drag queens then you'll love this.

Tastemaker

I am lucky enough to have now seen this amazing musical twice! This time in awesome seats (K, stalls) and with even better lead vocalists, which I didn't think was possible! Oliver Tompsett (who I saw as Sky Masterson in Guys n Dolls) was absolutely amazing as Charlie. And the lungs on Simon, who played tha fabulous Lola, were just out of this world. Hair raising performances all round!

For those of you not sure on the stortline:- its set in Northampton where Charlie is struggling to keep afloat the family shoe business. As luck has it he meets Lola, a performer whose heels barely last through one song and there they go on a journey together to create a suitable shoe that is both hardy and glamourous.

This musical, inspired by true events, is funny, raw, topical and heartwarming all in one. It is a must.... brb I'm off to buy the soundtrack.

tastemaker

The drag queens were definitely the highlight of kinky boots but I didn't expect to get a business lesson! Targeting a niche market and change management were an important part of the storyline. A great case study!

tastemaker

Lola/Sam the drag queen was absolutely fabulous, bright, bold, captivating. The rest are understandably a bit more muted to provide the contrast to her. The male lead especially was a bit of a snooze, but I think we got the under study so maybe the usual cast is much stronger. And what's with the forehead mounted mics? Found it quite distracting until I figured it what it was...

tastemaker

With a friend having seen this show three times already, it was on my radar for a while. WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG? 


Charlie and the shoe factory - it seems like a story you may already know but honestly, it's not. A struggling shoe company, a formidable Lola and a workforce to be reckoned with; it's contemporary in the reality of having to embrace change culturally and commercially in order to stay afloat.


Great tunes, laughs and characters, this was an incredibly enjoyable show from start to finish. Lighthearted for the most part but with some emotional depth in the right places to bring the characters together and create a relationship you could believe in.


I really enjoyed the show and the theatre seats were great (Stalls Row J).


I heard the show is coming to an end so if you are thinking about seeing it, don't delay!

tastemaker

I was never really drawn to seeing Kinky Boots initially, it didn’t seem like a musical I’d enjoy. But I heard it was brilliant so went to see it not really knowing what to expect and wow!- I loved it! It’s bright, bold, dazzling and has a good balance between being hilarious and touching. The story- apparently true- is inspiring and thought-provoking: When Charlie’s dad passes away he reluctantly takes over the family shoe-making business and ends up taking on Lola, a transvestite designer, to help transform it.

The script is good and the performances are really strong although I found the beginning of the second half a bit slow- only because I just wanted Lola and the gang to burst out dancing- which of course they do eventually!

By the end I wanted to get up and dance!

tastemaker

This was an upbeat and feel good musical with a dash of comedy thrown in for good measure. From start to finish I had a grin on my face. The acting and singing was brilliant and really drew the audience in. I can highly recommend if you are looking for a good show to watch!


I was hesitant to go watch it, with England playing in the semi finals.However what a show, sassy, upbeat and great performances. A must see if you can. Highly recommended. 

tastemaker

This is a perfect little escape for 2 hours in London.


Upbeat songs, incredible cheoro and an outstanding cast.


Happliy recommend

tastemaker

3 stars for good acting, amazing dancing and terrific singers. The character of Lola was the highlight throughout.  The plot was mildly amusing, the songs tuneless and I found myself bored, as did my partner.  I wasn't the only one.  Older people in front of me were unmoved by the whole thing.  The younger crowd were squealing with delight.  So, if your're over 50, probably not for you.

tastemaker

Wonderful show! A modern musical with catchy tunes and a feel good story! A must see, especially in London!


Fabulous show! Arrived with no idea what to expect, but the show was an utter treat from start to finish. Fun the whole way through. Would highly recommend.


A total delight. 
I came to London (from Paris) because I had tickets for Hamilton. Now what's a musical-loving girl to do the day before? I took a gamble on Kinky Boots, thanks to the TimeOut offers. Well, I'm not sorry. 

I had two hours of pure fun. Hugely talented cast giving it their all. Great uplifting score. The plot is... well, they're saving a shoe factory by making those boots, so whaddaya expect, but the libretto contains some very nice lines about identity, father-son relationships, friendship and trust.

What I didn't count on was how supportive and participative the UK audience can be. We turned into an extra character in the play, what with the applause and the whistles and the catcalls. No 4th wall there. Loads more fun. 

This is feelgood on steroids. Given the chance, I'd go see it again.

Tastemaker

A solid 5 from me!

Wow!wow! What a show! I’m just buzzing still after last nights performance! Matt Henry as Lola what a man/girl! His execution as Lola was phenomenal.

This was a light hearted and fun musical, even from the outset the energy and emotions ran high and by the end everyone was out of their seats dancing and clapping all the way back to the station.

Cindy Lauper score was great, loved the songs, dancing, choreography and the kinky boots!

The guy next to me had seen it 20 times!

I would definitely see it again and now want all my friends and family to check it out too!!

tastemaker

This is my go to feel good musical. You will be laughing, you will be crying, and you will be wishing you had a pair of high heels so you could join in the fun!


Brilliant cast and production, I hope it stays on the West End for a long time!

Tastemaker

From the get go, we were very impressed. The staff were very friendly and helpful (even coming to look for me to alert me of something we’d spoken about). The theatre itself was an old, traditional style - which is always a great sign!!

In contrast to the antique building, the show itself was modern and progressive. Very funny, with a fantastic lead actor. The themes may be a sensitive area for some, however we felt it was approached in a very accessible way!

Best musical I’ve seen in a while and I definitely would recommend.

tastemaker

The musical doesn't quite live up to the film. All scenes featuring the drag queens, particularly the main character Lola, were fantastic. The songs were brilliant, the dancers were excellent and the atmosphere in the theatre was palpable. However, all scenes focussing on the others and the factory were pretty dull and the songs were slightly cheesy. Lola completely stole the show but overall the show consisted of too many hits and misses. 

tastemaker

i had never seen the film so I wasn't sure what to expect, nor did I know what it was really about. I was pleasantly surprised, I'm always a bit sceptical when it comes to musicals and I'm not familiar with any songs but the vocals and dancing were good. The main character was fantastic and whilst I wouldn't say it was one of my favourite musicals, it was worth a watch. I would say if you can avoid the stalls right at the back, the tickets were cheap but it was really quite cold as there was a breeze through the back door that was constant.

Tastemaker

I absolutely loved this musical! The energy of the performers was incredible. I loved the music, the dancing, the costumes, the acting... and the storyline. A real feel-good musical with so much going for it. Matt Henry did an incredible job as Lola, it's worth going to see it just for his performance. Highly recommended!

tastemaker

I went to see this musical with my boyfriend because it was the only available show within our budget at short notice so I went in with no expectations and no idea what this was about which was actually great. I'd heard of the musical but there hadn't been much hype surrounding it which is very surprising because I absolutely loved it! The songs were catchy, Matt Henry was absolutely phenomenal as Lola and the storyline was pretty good too!

tastemaker

A west end gem, I had been wanting to see this on stage for ages ever since I first watched the movie years ago.  Before the show started and after you take your obligatory tourist photo with the pair of red boots in the lobby, I had it in my head that this would be a glammed up version of Billy Elliott (also a firm favourite live) so we were very excited.  Sitting in the stalls you get such a great view of the stage and atmosphere you almost feel like jumping on stage and joining in!  The curtains open and the singing starts, where we’re introduced to a family run shoe factory with the owner’s son on the cusp of leaving for a new life in London with his girlfriend.  After the owner’s death it becomes apparent that they can’t survive without a new boss and need to change something in order to avoid making staff redundant…cue a coincidental encounter with fabulous drag queen Lola who has the potential to turn the factory’s fortunes around.  The absolute stars of the show were the array of drag queens who all danced and sang in time while wearing high heels not for the faint hearted.  The costumes were spectacular and larger than life.  My favourite scene was the impromptu boxing match with the queens acting as cheerleaders.

The singing from the main factory owners son Charlie fell a bit flat for me as he sang in a very strange American ‘Britney’ accent for every song which felt a bit cheesy.  Other than that there’s a clear plot, great actors, fabulous outfits and a lot of dancing to behold which creates a memorable show.  A feel good musical if ever I saw one which makes me want to go out a buy a pair of new flashy heels!

tastemaker

A fantastic musical! The lead characters, Charlie and Lola were brilliant. I’ve seen adverts for this show for a few years and it was never on my list of shows to see as I wasn’t familiar with the story. The story follows Charlie who inherits his family business in Norfolk after his father dies. Charlie has just started a new life with his girlfriend in London and is torn between his life with his girlfriend and the factory his father has left behind. Charlie wasn’t interested in the family business growing up but feels compelled to save the factory from closing after his father’s death. Charlie forms an unlikely friendship with Lola, a drag queen and comes up with the idea of designing kinky boots to save the family business. The choreography and dancing was show stopping! Let’s not forget to mention the boots, where do I get a pair?!

tastemaker

Kinky boots deserves 5 stars, and is bar far one of my favourite shows in the West End. The characters are great; especially Lola who steals the show along with her showgirls - I've never seen anyone do a backflip in platform heels before! The show is really well done from the hilarious characters, to the eye dazzling stage sets. You're really in for a treat! GO SEEEEE IT!



tastemaker

I truly don't understand why this isn't the first musical on people's lips when they are asked what musicals should you see in London. I had heard about it but had no idea what the storyline was or just how great it would be. I was absolutely blown away by not only the talent of the performers but the costumes and the set. I would give my left arm for a pair of the boots worn by any of the incredible drag queens on that stage who somehow managed to kick, strut and split their way around the stage with impressive vigour. The storyline was strong, really hitting on themes that plague our ever closed minded society. It sheds a light on a misunderstood group of people and highlights how difficult it can be for them live their lives without vocal abuse from people who refuse to accept them for who they truly are. I gasped, I laughed, I cried, I shrieked. I loved this musical from start to finish and so will you.

tastemaker

Why I waited so long before seeing this musical, I have absolutely no idea! I have seen so many musicals over the years, but this is right up there. It has a story-line, which isn't always the case with musicals. And the story is a good one. Following the sudden death of his father, Charlie Price inherits the family shoe-producing company. Sadly, it is ailing and needs a re-vamp. Which is where Lola, alias Simon-from-Clacton (Simon-Anthony Rhodes) comes in. He/she absolutely steals the show. He is funny. His timing is impeccable. He can really sing and his stage presence is huge. Together, the partnership of Lola and her drag queens along with Charlie and his workers, succeed in finding that untapped niche in the kinky boot market. Clever! Fabulous music. Fabulous dancing. Fabulous and more fabulous. Can't wait to see it again. And I hardly ever do seconds.

tastemaker

The funniest and most exuberant show in town! The show is based on the true story of two extremely different men, randomly met and subsequently tied together by the joint mission of saving Price & Sons shoes factory from bankrupt, introducing a new product on the market: kinky boots! Brilliant, ironic, politically incorrect, it will make you laugh to tears until the end; nevertheless, the themes in the background are deep and perhaps sometimes even in a slight excessive contrast with the overall lightness of the play. Outstanding cast, remarkable mis-en-scene, hilarious characters, sparkling costumes... in other words, you can't miss it!

tastemaker

Ohhhh Lola, I want that chutzpah, those boots, those dresses and girlfriend, I will try to never ever wear Burgundy again... and am now in a quest to find the perfect red


What a joyous, electrifying, sumptuous, all dancing, all singing, musical!


At the beginning, I thought I needed coffee as I haven't caffienated all day but trust me, the production with Cindy Lauper music and words will make you dance on your seat.


As a friend remarked post Kinky Boots drinks, this is something fun and joyous he wants to watch again and again.


And I now understand how someone I know can see it for 49 times and counting...


An unmissable theatr, even if like me, you are not a big fan of musical !

tastemaker

What an incredible show! From the stunningly talented performers (Lola and her angels stole the show!) to the clever staging, it all came together so beautifully.


You could really feel the audience's enjoyment with lots of dancing, laughing and singing along - I'm not ashamed to say I was bopping along in my seat throughout the whole show. 


Lola absolutely stole the show - the performance of Hold Me In Your Heart in particular was captivating.


A real feel-good show, I'd definitely go and see it again!


tastemaker

Oh Lola, Loa, Lola!!!! You stole the show and my heart – those dresses, those shoes, those arms!

Firstly, I do have to get this out of the way upfront, I did find that there were parts of the show that felt a little slow and a few songs that I felt didn’t really (1) add to the story or (2) wow the audience. In fact, two of the songs felt like fillers one being a song that just went ‘oh, yeah’?!?!?

Having said that the costumes, sets and ssshhhhooooeeeeesssss really did make up for it and I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Although be warned if you are anything like me you will immediately want to go shopping for everything that sparkles.

The story is a lovely exploration of gender roles, family, challenging social norms and acceptance.

tastemaker

I haven't seen the film so I didn't have any expectations about the show. I had a general idea of the story because my boyfriend is from Northampton and it's one of the most famous things to come out of that town! This is such a great musical, the drags are absolutely fantastic, they really make the show fun, raunchy, kitsch and upbeat, you just can't help being swept along for the ride. Some of the songs are really great but others are kind of forgettable, following a sort of generic pop formula and lacking the depth of some of the more classic musicals around. However, the story line is engrossing, the acting is great and the staging realistic. But those drag queens are just outstanding!

tastemaker

Thank you TimeOut for a fabulous evening at the theatre. 

I dare anyone to go to Kinky Boots and not come out feeling absolutely fabulous! 

A few times throughout the show I looked around at the audience surrounding me and it was very hard to come by a face without a massive smile painted across it. 


Kinky Boots is fun, glamours, sassy, infectious, hilarious and not to mention impressive. The choreography and sheer skill the performers had in those heels was enough for me! Sure it's sparkles, lights, colours, glam, makeup, hair, clothes etc. but it's so much more than that. It's a beautiful story about acceptance and that is always an important message to put out into the world. 


I wouldn't necessarily remember every song if you asked me now but that didn't matter, at the time they were perfectly placed and paced. 


And absolute joy to watch. 5* for me!

tastemaker

Quality, Queer, and Kinky! Kinky Boots sound like your typical West End musical: bright lights, catchy show-tunes, and cheesy dance moves. But, boy, oh, boy, is it so much more than that! Telling a simple story about diversity overcoming adversity, Kinky Boots takes the performance to a new level. Never before have I felt quite so sassy and sexy and amazing as I have when leaving the Adelphi Theatre on a Tuesday night. In my experience, it takes quite a lot to wake up a mid-week audience, but barely had the closing number finished and the audience were on their feet, cheering for the cast.


For the past week, I’ve had the soundtrack blaring out, reliving the wonderful comic moments of “History of Wrong Guys” (which should be the anthem of every single girl out there), the tear-jerkers of “Not my Father’s Son”, and the toe-tapping optimism of “Take what you Got”.


A positive, fantastic celebration of Britain’s queer community, well worth a visit if you’re looking for something a bit more unique and modern than another run of an Andrew Lloyd Webber. After all, where else can you pose in cardboard cut-outs of thigh-high, red boots in the lobby, and leave feeling and dancing like a Queen?

tastemaker

What an amazing show - empowering, uplifting and energetic. The songs are catchy and all sound familiar as though you've heard them before... unfortunately not though, i couldn't remember one word by the time i got home. A great evening out enjoyed by both me and my partner. I would definitely recommend this show. 

tastemaker

I didn't know much about this musical before watching it so didn't have high expectations. I was really impressed with the storyline and the energy that exuded from the performance. My daughter found it hilarious and there were quite a few laugh out loud moments although it does take you through the whole spectrum of emotions with some really touching scenes.


The thing I was most impressed with throughout was just how they managed to dance around that stage with those heels on?! It is definitely a must watch for all musical fans and you will be leaving with a big smile!

tastemaker

Thank you, Time Out, for the best musical I've seen so far! Kinky Boots was an absolute joy to watch!


I'd heard so much about this musical from friends and online reviews, I was stoked when I found out I got tickets to see it because it was something different. All the plays and musicals I've had the opportunity to see have been unique in their own way and that's what I love about them. 


Overall, this musical was a delightful way to spend my evening. Firstly, I was impressed by the dancing of all the actors on stage - the way they strutted and danced so gracefully and confidently in their heeled boots put my heel wearing to shame! Secondly, I thought the choreography for the character, Lola, and her crew was great - I could really see the energy and devotion in each move. Thirdly, the plot was easy to follow and because of how entertaining and funny it was, I didn't realise how fast time was passing. However, because of how funny it can be at times, the more serious scenes were a bit hard to take seriously. But they also invoked some important issues like through Lola's challenge to Don. Fourthly, the costumes and the set were so bright and colourful, it was hard to look away and easy to follow. Finally, the singing capabilities of all the actors was incredible - some of the notes they belted out were so strong and powerful, incredible to hear!


Now I see why it's in its third year running! Would definitely recommend coming to see this, whether you live in London or are in town visiting. It's an entertaining musical that'll leave you impressed and satisfied!

tastemaker

I have to say that in the past I am guilty of falling asleep at the theatre (my friends can vouch for that), but Kinky Boots captured all of my attention.This musical is a must see. Based on a true story, this musical has so much energy, it had me dancing and clapping with the cast! The vocal singing was perfect, brought goose bumps to my skin, the music was electrifying and so alive and the set was 10/10! 


This musical is fun, uplifting and very entertaining, I highly recommend it! 


tastemaker

This show had always been on my radar and just hadn't had time to see it, and boy am I kicking myself that I didn't see it sooner!  First, off its a story about shoes, I mean you can't go wrong!


The set was very exciting and captivating they used every element of it. The performance was amazing and fun. The best way I can describe this show is the guilty pleasure of theatre, cheesy but so fun.


I left the show feeling very happy and wanting to buy new shoes! 

Tastemaker

I didn’t know the premise of Kinky Boots before I went to see it last night, so I was surprised by the raunchy drag queens, it was very entertaining! I loved that it’s based on a true story and British humour features throughout, making the characters very relatable, especially Lauren – I mean who hasn’t had a workplace crush at one point! Lola and her entourage really stole the show for me, the costumes and moves were outstanding and overall it was a real feel good production and there was never a dull moment. The excitement and creativeness of the performances compensated for some ever so slightly imperfect vocals. It’s a show worth a visit!

Tastemaker

Electrifying, powerful, funny, emotional, there's not enough words to describe this amazing musical.

This is one of the best musical in London. Amazing acting performances that will have your eyes glued to the stage from minute one.

I promise that t by the end of the play, you will want to join the dancing and fun.


Don't miss it!

tastemaker

I arrived at Kinky Boots with no insight into the story but still with high expectations off the back of rave reviews from friends, all of whom had insisted I was in for a treat. The based-on-true-events story, an unlikely coming together of two groups of people with very different backgrounds and beliefs, was a reminiscent, albeit more superficial, take on the LGBT-miners alliance back in the 80s.


So getting into the nitty gritty of the show, let's start with the good news; first things first, the singing was incredibly executed with a special mention of David Hunter who played Charlie Price and who had a captivating rock-like tone that didn't falter once. You then had the dragtastic inputs from Lola (Simon Anthony-Rhoden) and her Angels that kept the show fun, energetic and colourful throughout whilst maintaining an ongoing focus on acceptance and overcoming prejudice. For comedic value they couldn't have found anyone better than Verity Rushworth (Lauren) whose face pulling and songs stole the spotlight on a number of occasions. And finally, the choreography and costumes were spot on and I'd be lying if I said I didn't leave the theatre wanting my own pair of outrageous sequined platforms!


But then on the down side, because the high-energy camp scenes were so dramatic and enjoyable, I found it difficult to take the sentimental parts seriously; I felt that they were poorly integrated into the story and poorly developed. There were also slightly too many and unnecessary plot lines at times and the songs dragged on throughout; they could easily have dropped at least 15 minutes of the performance and made it all a little more svelte and streamlined. Finally, despite loving his voice, I found Charlie quite unlikeable and his journey of self-discovery a bit drab; I wonder why the writers chose Charlie and not Lola as the main focus of the story, as she was much more entertaining and had a more complex storyline/background that would have been more relatable?


In summary, despite the poorly executed elements, I did leave the show smiling and in high spirits. It's not a show I'd return to see personally but for first timers looking for a light-hearted, high-impact performance, I'd recommend it.


tastemaker

Me and my husband had an amazing time yesterday night watching this play! It is funny, slightly sassy, romantic and brings a great message, we need to accept others for who they are.

The cast did a very good job both at acting and singing, it was easy for me (I’m Italian) to follow and understand the script and the songs and all the main actors had a astonishing voice. 


What positively surprise me was the scenography, you couldn’t even notice when it was changing and the costumes were the best I seen so far on a musical. 


Hugely recommended! 

tastemaker

What a fun way of adding a bit of fabulous to an evening. After watching it last night (Tuesday), I can easily claim that Kinky Boots is the best musical I have seen so far. It is visually spectacular, musically gracious and quick witted, everything you can ever ask for from a sparkly Tuesday night out. The talent on the show is phenomenal. The guy playing Charlie Price has the most beautiful voice. The key takeout from the show for my wife and I was - Be yourself because everyone else is taken. Love love love this show, please go watch it... NOW!

tastemaker

I had absolutely no idea what to expect from kinky boots, but after talking to my friends and family (of which pretty much all have already been - I’m obviously behind the times) I had high expectations. It didn’t matter that you couldn’t sing along to the songs, or that I didn’t really know the storyline. The cast just put on the most spectacular, feel good show. I don’t think anyone came out of the theatre without a smile on their face.

All the songs were great, cast were amazing (being an amateur dancer in the past, I have A LOT of respect for the guys playing the “Angels”) and the storyline was just generally uplifting.

It’s not your classic West End show, but it’s definitley made a name for itself. Absolutely cannot recommend enough!

tastemaker

I went into the Theater not knowing what to expect, I heard the reviews of the show were good and friends of friends said they enjoyed it but I knew nothing about the story line (something I do prefer, love a surprise). I really enjoyed this performance, I thought the cast were outstanding and it was such a feel good show with great thought-provoking lessons peppered throughout. I went home smiling from ear to ear and felt the need to immediately put on my healed boots and dance around my room!

tastemaker

I suppose Charlie and the Boot Factory doesn't quite roll off the tongue. The star of the show was clearly Lola, and seemed like a missed opportunity not to follow that story line instead. While Charlie is sympathetic, his character and Nicola are not as likeable as some of the supporting cast, and their relationship roles were too much of a caricature to take seriously.

There are some memorable set piece, the boxing ring and the OK Computer style choreography were standouts. There are some strong Spice Girls vibe, and wouldn't have been out of place to throw in some cheeky references.

Slow to start, but mostly energetic and colourful!


tastemaker

I went along with my male flatmate after our friends said it was amazing. I honestly had very low expectations but the tickets were only £20 so thought why not. I'm not really a fan of musicals and purely judged it by the posters I had seen. I was wrong. It was fantastic. Spot on humour, great cast and my male flatmate loved it even more. Highly recommend. This is the best I theatre I have seen in London (well on par with Book of Mormon)

tastemaker

You know you have been to a great musical when you leave and you still have songs from the production stuck in your head. I went with some family visiting from Australia and we all enjoyed this so much. It was colourful and fun with a great story line, with some laugh out loud moments too! We went for a Saturday matinee session which was a little bit cheaper than the evening session. All in all a fantastic afternoon out!

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