Kinky Boots: A sexual, hilarious story of two unlikely friends

‘Sex is in the heel’ in this West End production of the Tony award-winning musical.

Directer and choreography: Jerry Mitchell

Music and Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper

Starring: Killian Donnelly, Arun Blair-Mangat, Amy Lennox, Jamie Baughan, Amy Ross, Michael Hobbs

Theatre: Adelphi Theatre, London

To say this musical is enjoyable would be an understatement to say the least and Kinky Boots does not fail at keeping you smiling throughout.

Based on a true story, the theatre-adaptation follows the lives of Charlie Price a shoemaking from Northampton trying his hardest to keep his family business going and Lola, a crossdresser from London.

After a chance encounter the two begin working together to create the perfect shoe for the niche crossdressing-market.

The show opens with the catchy Most Beautiful Thing in the World and even after two days this song still circulating through my head.

It is not surprising how easy it is to remember the songs. With music and lyrics by the iconic Cyndi Lauper should be a reason in itself to see the show.

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The two leads Arun Blair-Mangat (Lola) and Killian Donnelly (Charlie) both are exceptional in bringing to life these two characters.

Seeing a man strut around a stage in six inch or higher heels is a true masterpiece. They say practice makes perfect and Blair-Mangat seem to fall into the role of Lola naturally.

With a number of high tempo and energetic solos, a particular favourite by Lola was the emotional I’m Not My Father’s Son.

The crowd-pleaser finale Raise You Up/Just Be did in fact raise the audience and everyone started joining in dancing.

A History of Wrong Guys, performed by Amy Lennox as Lauren, is one of the funniest performances of the production.

Lennox got into her character perfectly and her solo reinforced the relatable feeling of falling for someone you cannot have.

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With a simple set design of inside, and occasionally outside the factory, the production relies on the whole cast to work together to create the brilliant production.

Despite ending on a high, it did take a several minutes to really understand why this show had been such a success but the standing ovation at the end is definitely worth it.

Full of ups, downs and incredibly colourful stilettos Kinky Boots will leaving you humming the catchy tunes and a desire to wear a pair of Lola’s Kinky Boots.

An incredible performance and definitely on my list to see again.

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