“Ladies, Gentlemen and those who are yet to decide” 

OH MY GOODNESS! I am so very lucky and fortunate to have such wonderful friends who treat me like a Queen! As you may have guessed from the title of this post, I WENT TO SEE KINKY BOOTS THE MUSICAL AT THE WEST END!

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My friend ‘H’ told me a short while ago to make sure that I was free on Friday 29th April, (which I totally forgot she asked me to keep free until she reminded me the Monday before with instructions) as she was going to surprise me with a belated birthday present. On that Monday she text me saying that:

  1. I was going to be picked up in the afternoon
  2. I needed to wear smart clothes
  3. That I would receive everything on the day

When I saw her at dance on the Wednesday, she gave away a few of the details which meant that I figured out:

  1. We were taking the tube/ train into London
  2. We were having a meal in London
  3. and although she hadn’t said specifically, the timings she gave me led me to believe that we would be seeing a West End show together; my favourite thing to do!

After taking FOREVER to decide an outfit, and waiting for H to arrive as she was pretty late compared to the time she previously told me she would pick me up (sorry H but its true!), we were driven to the train station, where we bought travel cards and boarded the train to Paddington.

The big reveal happened on this train: I found out we were going to see Kinky Boots and I was honestly over the Moon! For some reason I hadn’t even considered that being one of the options for the show, but I was SO excited and pumped for the evenings performance, (she made an amazing decision picking Kinky Boots!) As we had both very recently turned 18, she had also upgraded the tickets so that we received two small bottles of Prosseco with our tickets, which we ended up getting in the Interval.

After changing onto the tube and eventually ended up at Covent Garden with just enough time to eat, we rushed to Bella Italia where we both ordered their new carbonara, which was delicious (and probably the best carbonara I have ever had), and for drinks I ordered their Bella Mojito and H ordered a glass of Wine. The food took longer than we expected though (not longer than average time, we just had very little time left till the show) and we found ourselves constantly having to check the time as it was running out very quickly.

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Unfortunately after eating (I would highly recommend their Carbonara by the way- unfortunately I don’t have a picture to show you as we were in such a rush!) and paying as quick as possible, we got sent the wrong way when asking for directions (and the maps  app on the iPhone wasn’t very useful in our situation as it just kept turning round, making it impossible to follow). The Theatre ended up being in the complete opposite direction to which we were sent in, and quite close to the Bella Italia where we were which was frustrating, although many more turnings had to be taken before we finally arrived at the Theatre (which we nearly missed as we couldn’t see it when looking to the left but as we started to turn back, we saw that it was right next to us to the right of the passageway.)

img_1227 By the time we had shown our tickets and were walking up to find our seats, it was 7:33, the performance starting at 7:30 (we were running about manically for ages trying to find the theatre and going backwards and forwards on ourselves), so we weren’t allowed inside the auditorium just yet and had to wait outside with a crowd of other latecomers, till a certain point when we would be allowed in. Whilst waiting outside, the theatre allowed us to watch the ongoing show on a live monitor which was very good of them, and I didn’t know theatres did this as I have thankfully never been in this situation before! After waiting for only a couple of minutes we were allowed in and shown to our seats.

img_1309 The show was INCREDIBLE! Words cannot explain just how amazing it was! To begin with, H and I thought that, as we had no idea what it was about, we wouldn’t understand it, especially seeing that we missed the very opening sequence of the show. This, however, was not the case, as we followed the emotive storyline clearly throughout, through the elaborate performance of words, dance and song, the scenery, props and costumes topping it off and completing the show.

The soundtrack was truly brilliant, with a large variety of upbeat and slow and heart-wrenching melodies and the use of acoustic instruments and electric-based sounds too- fulfilling everyone’s taste. It was so good that I ordered the UK Original West End cast CD a couple of days later with same day delivery, as I just couldn’t stop listening and singing the songs! (It’s the current CD in my car at the moment and I listen to it all the time!)

img_1316As predominantly being a dancer, I can say that I would love to have the opportunity to perform the Kinky Boots choreography every night. It was so energetic, action-packed and ambitious in the way that it incorporated props and the staging into the numbers, and it filled the audience with joy and positivity, as we could just feel the buzz of energy that the performers had on stage. The thing that I have to commend the most is the people themselves, the cast and also those helping behind the scenes, for the hard work they have put into it, and the accurate choices  they made when selecting the cast and making staging decisions. Every single one of them deserves a special mention, although my biggest congratulations must go to the big three; Killian Donnelly ‘Charlie Price‘, Matt Henry ‘Lola‘ and Amy Lennox ‘Lauren‘, who simply brought the cast and creatives together to form the perfect presentation of the show. All three played their part with dignity, passion and, overall, nailed it down to a tee; not a note was wrong or a line out of character, and you grew to love them as the show progressed.

However, the person that really stole my heart was Matt Henry, who in my opinion, brought the show to life. He was everything needed to play Lola; feisty, sassy, an amazing dancer (especially in those heels!) and singer, inspirational and overall was a tremendously good actor, I wouldn’t hesitate at the opportunity to see him play another role or cast him in another role, after his performance as Lola!IMG_1905

Overall an absolutely fantastic show and I would honestly say it is the best, if not tying with some old favourites, for the top spot on my list of musicals. My parents have already booked their tickets (they won free tickets to any West End show they wanted to see, and although my Mum wanted to see it before I went, after I came back, despite him not being too thrilled previously, my Dad is also now raring to go, so they’ve applied to see Kinky Boots later on in the year too!) as it has something for everyone, and all age groups. No matter what gender you are or what generation, the soundtrack, cast, physical setting, comedic moments and storyline will make you fall in love with the show, just as I did! H 100% picked the right show for us to see for my birthday and I will be forever grateful to her for introducing me to such a magical show (and that’s another one I can tick off myMusical Bucket list!)

Although I have already thanked her about a million times in person, I would like to say another humongous thank-you  to one of my Best friends’ H, for treating me like an absolute Queen for my 18th birthday, and arranging the most perfect date-night I’ve ever had the pleasure of going on. You spoilt me rotten and I am extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to see wonderful shows like this- hopefully one day it will be us up there performing H! I love you! (Sorry for the soppiness everyone!)

If you ever get the chance to see Kinky Boots, particularly in London, take it, I promise you you won’t regret it (especially if you are a musical fanatic like me!) and take your friends and family with you too, you will come out inspired and will be singing the songs to each other for days!

Love
Charlotte x

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