Friday, 15 April 2016

Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre - Review

Her name was Lola... she was a show girl...

Kinky Boots tells the story of a failing Shoe Factory in the North of England (Price & Son). When the owner passes away, he leaves the factory in the hands of his son Charlie who has to find a way to turn its fortunes around or face firing all his staff, many of which are his childhood friends. 



With the factories future hanging in the balance Charlie has a chance encounter with Lola, a flamboyant drag queen cabaret singer *lightbulb moment* - Charlie can save the factory... with Lola's help to create a line of footwear for drag queens - kinky boots!

Of course the idea of creating Kinky Boots for men isn't an idea which all the factory workers love - especially some of the burley Northern men. Don in particular had a real issue with Lola, but as the plot developed they begin to understand each other and develop a mutual respect.

The choreography was insane - I was so impressed with how much energy the cast had, especially for a midweek matinee performance. The costumes were glitzy, bold and completely OTT - think Strictly Come Dancing on Steroids.

I thoroughly enjoyed this production, the only negative thing I'd say is that the songs aren't memorable - I wasn't singing them on my way home like I would be with other productions. However, the acting was fantastic, and the whole production was impeccable (and very sparkly).

Highly recommended, for more information and to book tickets, visit the Kinky Boots site.
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