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Kinky Boots review: Full of sass, spunk and sole


After it strutted its stuff on Broadway, this lively musical has pounced onto the pavements of London’s West End.

It seems as though The Adelphi Theatre has traded in one factory themed musical for another. Previously home to ‘Made in Dagenham’, the theatre allows for an intimate viewing experience.

Charlie Price (Killian Donnelly) is trying to cope with the loss of his father, and attempting to save the family business he inherited. He is stuck in a rut, until he meets the fabulous Lola (Matt Henry). She is six foot of glorious drag beauty, and “two and a half feet of irresistible tubular sex”.

With Lola’s artistic eye and need for a ladies shoe in a man’s size, Charlie takes his family business from the factory floors of Northampton to the fabulous catwalks of Milan.

The highlight of this show is the delightful West End cast, their passion and enthusiasm is evident throughout the performance. Diverse and unique in it’s delivery Donnelly and Henry are a match made in the musical heavens.

As for the Cyndi Lauper music and Jerry Mitchell choreography? Perfection. (We couldn’t sit still, we legit wanted to get on stage and dance!)

Ultimately this musical ticks the most important box for us, equality. There is an emphasis on breaking stereotypes in the narrative, “you change the world, when you change your mind”.

‘Kinky Boots’ is an absolute joy to watch, and if you haven’t seen it yet what are you waiting for?

5/5

Get your tickets here.

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Written by Hannah Lovejoy

I'm the Film & TV Channel Manager at MP! I love sitcoms and Rosa Diaz is my spirit animal. I probably drink too much coffee - also guilty of quoting Hamilton The Musical on a daily basis. Tweet me @HanLovejoy!

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