Harrogate Operatic Players return with their hit, sell-out show Kinky Boots to their hometown theatre

Harrogate Operatic Players' cast members from Kinky Boots will not be putting their stiletto heels away just yet  - by popular demand they are returning with their critically-acclaimed version of the smash-hit West End musical to Harrogate Theatre in June.

By Sue Wilkinson
Friday, 6th May 2022, 8:35 am
Updated Friday, 6th May 2022, 8:37 am
The Harrogate Operatic Players production of Kinky Boots returns Harrogate Theatre in June
The Harrogate Operatic Players production of Kinky Boots returns Harrogate Theatre in June

The company performed five out of six sell out shows earlier this year with all performances creating such a positive atmosphere with standing ovations.

The final Saturday night performance was cancelled due to a leak from the roof caused by the heavy rain and strong winds throughout the day.

Lucy Thackwray, marketing manager said: ‘The audiences’ reaction to the cancellation was mind-blowing and heavily optimistic. This gave the members of the Players the validation that they have a tremendous amount of positive support from the audience, who were also equally disappointed.

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Many members of the audience had travelled near and far to watch their family and friends perform. These seats were filled with people from Harrogate, York, Blackpool, Liverpool, Manchester and London.

"All feedback about the shows was astonishing. They received more than 100 comments on all our social media platforms, congratulating them on such a fantastic run. The theatre had a waiting list of approximately 30 people who were eager to grab the hottest tickets in town."

Here are just a few of the comments.

‘One of the best shows I have ever seen.’ ‘Truly an amazing show by cast, crew and musicians.’ ‘The show was such a brilliant success; you have achieved great things in a very difficult time.’

‘OMG! That was fantastic! I want to see it again!’

Kinky Boots the musical originates from the 2005 movie Kinky Boots written by Tim Firth and Geoff Deane and starring the BAFTA award-winning Chiwetel Ejiofor playing the lead role of Lola.

The movie went from the silver screen to the Broadway stage in 2012 when Cyndi Lauper brought the pop and rock edge to the songs.

Tthe book was written by award-winning Harvey Fierstein. The musical has won six Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score by Cyndi Lauper.

Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price - played by Rich Hawley - who inherits his deceased father's business, a shoe factory in Northampton, England.

He is not interested in shoes, and the factory is in such dire financial straits that he must lay off 15 employees.

However, an encounter with a drag queen, cabaret singer named Lola - played by Christopher Mooney - inspires Charlie to save the factory from closure by producing specific footwear for drag queens.

"The show is full of glitter, glamour, high heels, comedy, romance and catchy songs that will get you off your feet and dancing in the aisle," said Lucy.

"For anyone who has seen it, you will know that the show is full of meaningful messages that may touch you emotionally, making Kinky Boots a must-see show," she said.

"It celebrates the true meaning of ‘Just be who you wanna be.’ and ‘You can change the world when you change your mind',"

The Players will be working with MUA students at White Rose Beauty College in Harrogate.

The students have provided their services and make-up for Lola and the Angels.

"Every eyelash, lipstick and contour brush has been used to create the amazing faces that light up the Harrogate Theatre stage. It’s wonderful news that they will be returning with their positive attitude and will be welcomed back with open arms within the cast," said Lucy

Kinky Boots will be running at Harrogate Theatre from Wednesday June 22 to - Saturday June 25, daily at 7:30pm and a Saturday matinee at 2:30pm.

Tickets: www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/Kinky-Boots or phone the box office on 01423 502116.