Theatre Review: Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre
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★★★☆☆ Based on a true story, the 2005 film Kinky Boots follows Charlie Price as he resurrects his late father’s failing shoe factory with the help of Lola, a larger-than-life drag queen in need of a sturdy pair of stilettos able to support the weight of a real man. Following a successful Broadway run, where it won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical, the West End production brings Kinky Boots closer to its origins – it’s set in the decidedly un-glamorous town of Northampton. Matt Henry is flamboyant, fabulous, and above all very charismatic as Lola. His multifaceted performance drives the show, while Killian Donnelly’s Charlie Price offsets Lola’s confidence with a very British awkwardness. The real star of the show is Amy Lennox as Lauren, who stands out in the chorus numbers and delivers a brilliant performance of ‘The History of Wrong Guys’ so funny it was in danger of stopping the show.
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