Theatre Review: Kinky Boots at The Adelphi, London.

Performance Date: 9th August 2017 Related image

Based on the 2005 film and inspired by the true story of Steve Pateman's shoe factory, Kinky Boots, has taken the theatre world by storm. From the moment the show opened the energy on stage was electric with it's vibrant costumes, energetic choreography and exceptional score. It is a true extravaganza.

The Price and Son shoe factory has been run by Charlie's family for generations; his father is pushing him to run the business in Northampton as he grows up. Meanwhile, a young Lola is trying on her first pair of heels. The two boys playing young Charlie (Timmy Gasiorek) and young Lola (Xanti Mbonzongwana) are only on stage for one song but they make a huge impact in establishing the childhood experiences of the two characters. The boys performed with maturity. Xanti's vocals as young Lola were amazing.

Charlie Price a very likable character and every-man of the show was played by, David Hunter. The semi finalist of ITV's Superstar showed sheer emotion and passion during the performance of 'Soul of a Man'; it was completely believable and you could see that once he finished the solo he was exhausted from putting everything into it; this was consistent with his performance during the whole show.

However, the star of the show was Simon-Anthony Rhoden providing the show with its comic relief took on the role of the witty and flamboyant drag queen Lola. While helping to save the struggling shoe factory with her elaborate designs Lola gives the show it's comic relief and WOW-factor. The sassy and energetic numbers 'Lola' and 'The Sex is in the Heel' stole the show. Simon's vocal range and quality were truly astonishing; especially in 'Hold me in your heart' a heartfelt song that showed a vulnerable side to Lola that the audience don't get to see very often.

Lola is often followed by the Angels; a group of glamorous Drag Queens that light up the stage with impressive dance routines, especially in six inch heels!

The show also had a great group of supporting roles; Verity Rushworth as Lauren gave us an entertaining rendition of 'The History of Wrong Guys'. The stubborn and blokey Don effectively portrayed by Alan Mehdizadeh allowed the show to address the grittier issues of accepting people for who they are relating the show to 'men, women and those who are yet to make up their minds'.

Although the subject matter could be somewhat saucy the show manages to keep it family friendly making it the perfect show for everyone to see. The cast leaves the audience with the important and inspiring message that 'you can change the world if you change your mind'.

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Cast (In order of appearance):
Mr.Price: Anthony Reed
Young Charlie:
Timmy Gasiorek
Young Lola:
Xanti Mbonzongwana
Simon Senior:
Robert Grose 
Nicola:
Cordelia Farnworth
Charlie Price: David Hunter
George: Michael Hobbs
Don: Alan Mehdizadeh
Lauren: Verity Rushworth
Pat: Rosie Glossop
Harry:
Jordan Fox
Lola:
Simon-Anthony Rhoden
Angels: Jed Berry, Jemal Felix, George Grayson,
Adam Lake, Jon Reynolds, Tom Scanlon
Trish: Melissa Jacques 
Richard Bailey:
Dale Evans
Milan Stage Manager:
Jane Milligan

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