On Wednesday we were fortunate enough to attend the premier of the multi-award winning show, Kinky Boots. Kinky Boots is based on true events, originally captured in a book by Harvey Fierstein before being made into a film in 2005, and later a Broadway and West End hit in 2013. Having won 6 Tony Awards and 3 Olivier Awards, including The Tony Award for Best Original Score by Cyndi Lauper, we knew we were in for a treat.

I try not to read too much about a show before I see it, that way I have no expectations and so can’t be let down. But there are no words that could have oversold the phenomenal experience that is Kinky Boots.

Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price who has inherited a nearly-bankrupt shoe factory from his father. His feisty employee helps him realise that in order to survive he will need to think outside the shoe box. After a chance encounter with the most fabulous drag queen, Lola, he decides to begin manufacturing boots for him and his fellow divas on the stages of London.

The enormous effort that the individuals in the story go through to realise this dream, and to set aside conventional ideas and rules, allows for the maturing of their characters and ultimately the realisation of what real integrity and friendship look like.

Heart-warming messages aside, Kinky Boots is a visual and auditory feast. The costumes are brilliant and each voice was cast extraordinarily well. The choreography and score made it impossible for me to stop jiving in my chair. Without a doubt, this show is the most dynamic stage performance I have seen this year.


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