West End show of the month: Cyndi Lauper’s Kinky Boots opens on The Strand

Theatres are everywhere in our neighbourhood, from the small and experimental to blockbuster shows like The Lion King (just around the corner at the Lyceum). But the Adelphi, whose art deco façade is one of the most recognisable on The Strand, is one of our favourites. Now it’s the London home of the musical Kinky Boots, a surprise Broadway smash that ended its first run in 2014 with six Tony awards.

Although it comes from Broadway – and boasts music and lyrics from US 80s icon Cyndi Lauper – Kinky Boots has thoroughly British roots. Based on a 2005 film that was inspired by a BB2 documentary (yes, really) it follows the unexpected friendship between Charlie, the reluctant boss of his family’s shoe business, and Lola, a drag queen who helps him… well, we don’t want to spoil it. But take it from us that it’s a heartwarming, frequently funny tale with some belting songs.

Previews are already underway, and the official run begins on September 15. With bookings already open for February 2016, it’s fairly clear that this is going to be a popular ticket – so if you like the sound of it, we recommend snapping those seats up now. Tickets for the main run start at £26.50.

 

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