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The West End production of Kinky Boots to close in January 2019

Simon-Anthony Rhoden and Oliver Tompsett in Kinky Boots. Photo by Helen Maybanks.

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A HIT with audiences since it opened in September 2015, Kinky Boots, the winner of every major Best Musical award, will play its final performance at London’s Adelphi Theatre on January 12, 2019.

After celebrating its third birthday in the West End in September, Kinky Boots will embark on an extensive UK tour from autumn 2018 through 2019. The tour will open at Royal & Derngate in Northampton on September 19, 2018, returning to the home of this heart-warming British story, and then visit major cities including Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham.

Since opening on Broadway in 2013, Kinky Boots has become an international hit with productions having played in Canada, Australia, Germany and Japan.

Previously Posted: Kinky Boots has announced that from Monday, June 4, 2018, Oliver Tompsett and Natalie McQueen will play Charlie and Lauren respectively, with Simon-Anthony Rhoden continuing as Lola.

Sean Needham will play Don, Cordelia Farnworth will continue as Nicola and Antony Reed will play George.

Also joining Kinky Boots from Monday, June 4, 2018, will be Abbey Addams, Jak Allen-Anderson, Louis Clarke-Clare, Daniel Downing, David Haydn, Graham Kent, Christopher Parkinson, Hannah Price, Anna Stolli and Olivia Winterflood.

Continuing in the show are current cast members Jed Berry, Momar Diagne, Jemal Felix, Jordan Fox, Rossie Glossop, Robert Grose, Keith Higham, Ben Jennings, Robert Jones, Suzie McAdam, Emma Odell, Jon Reynolds and Tom Scanlon.

David Hunter (Charlie Price) and Verity Rushworth (Lauren) will play their final performances on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Kinky Boots, which has now played over a thousand performances at London’s Adelphi Theatre, has also extended its booking period until Saturday, January 5, 2019.

Oliver Thompsett’s numerous theatre credits include Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls (Phoenix Theatre); Galileo in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre); Drew Boley in Rock of Ages (original London cast, Dominion Theatre); Fiyero in Wicked (Apollo Victoria); Phil Davis in White Christmas to huge critical acclaim (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Starlight Express (The Other Palace); The Royal Hunt of the Sun (directed by Trevor Nunn, National Theatre); Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre); and Harry Lytton in Over My Shoulder (Wyndham’s Theatre).

Thompsett is also a regular concert performer singing both his own material and that of other composers, a recent example being Jason Robert Brown Live (The Royal Festival Hall). Other concerts and cabarets include: Christmas in New York and Notes from New York (various venues, including Trafalgar Studios and The Prince of Wales Theatre) and The World Goes Round (The Pheasantry). His film credits include Chauncey in comedy feature Showdogs and Jake in The Hard Way.

Natalie McQueen’s theatre work includes The Mad Hatter in Wonderland (European premiere UK and Ireland tour); alternate Sara and u/s Narrator in Murder Ballad (The Arts, London); Éponine in Les Misérables (Pimlico Opera); ensemble/standby Elphaba and Nessarose in Wicked (Apollo Victoria); Angela St Angelo and u/s Florence in Chess (Union Theatre); Young Éponine in Les Misérables (Palace Theatre); and Eva, Sewer Child in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium). McQueen is also one half of alternative/pop band Strangewaves.

Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes audiences from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

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Image: Simon-Anthony Rhoden and Oliver Tompsett in Kinky Boots. Photo by Helen Maybanks.