Kinky Boots sparkles in the West End

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Kinky Boots

Every time I walk past the Adelphi Theatre I am almost dragged in by the glittering pair of red boots displayed outside the theatre where Kinky Boots is showing. If I thought it looked impressive from the outside of the theatre, I just had to see what it was like inside too!

What’s it all about?

It might have an ominous name and my friend may have given me a look as if to say “what the hell have we got tickets to see?!” but Kinky Boots is one hell of a musical! The show follows the life of Charlie (played by Killian Donnelly) whose father dies. He leaves him in charge of his run down, barely functioning shoe factory in Northampton. Whilst reluctant at first, he has a light-bulb moment. Charlie brings in his drag queen friend Lola (played by Matt Henry) to offer her expertise. Together, they end up creating the perfect thigh high red shoes which apparently, are in very high demand (who knew!) The shoes go on to become a massive hit in the drag community. In turn, this leads to an aspect of prejudice amongst the factory workers.

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The show is based on the film Kinky Boots released in 2005. It started off in Broadway before coming over to London for us lucky bunch to experience. Something I love about this show is that Jerry Mitchell the director actually took the cast up to the shoe making factory in Northampton who provided the template for the set design. This allowed them to experience the environment they would be recreating in real life. In turn, he invited those from the factory down to watch the show on opening night. Isn’t that lovely?

Is it just a bit of fun?

Kinky Boots is definitely camp and colourful but that’s what makes it such a fun watch. However, there is a more serious side to Kinky Boots as you watch the prejudice Lola faces from the workers in the factory. In that sense, it is very real and portrays a genuine issue. It does it’s best to spread an important messages whilst still being good fun and lighthearted. They do this by throwing in glitz, glamour and incredibly over the top costumes and music numbers which will leave with a smile on your face but hopefully an important message too.

How do I get tickets?

If you’re looking for a feel good show, definitely head down to see Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre in Strand. Having been extended, it is now showing until the 30th of September and you can get your tickets HERE.

 

Photos courtesy of kinkybootsthemusical.co.uk

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