Music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony winner Cyndi Lauper and based on the book by Harvey Fierstein and the 2005 film version, Kinky Boots, written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth  is based on true events.
It’s the story of Charlie Price played by Joel Harper-Jackson who inherits a Northampton shoe factory from his father. The business struggles and staff are served notice, Price encounters a drag queen called Lola. The pair immediately strike up a friendship and Lola is appointed a designer at the factory  aiming to produce a sought after line of high heeled boots, specifically with the transvestite market in mind. Price and Lola forge an unlikely partnership.

The boot makers head to Milan where Lola’s impressive entourage The Angels steal the catwalk show  Behind the feisty displays there lies a  tale of love and respect as Price and Lola feel they have been  a disappointment to their respective fathers and the song Not My Father’s Son reflects these feelings.
The part of factory girl Lauren is played by Paula Lane, a well-known star of the small screen and perhaps best known for playing the part of Kylie Platt in ITV’s Coronation Street.

The part of Lola is played by the hugely impressive Kayi Ushe. He was brilliant with his portrayal as Lola, the Queen of Drag.
Lola and her Angels are superb and make the show what it is. Dressed in killer heels and with moves to thrill Lola certainly knows how to release his inner diva and his presence on stage was considerable.
The use of conveyor belts during the number ‘Everybody Say Yeah’ was impressive and, of course, the kinky boots themselves were sublime. Kudos to the cast, men and women, who not only wore them effortlessly but danced around the stage strutting their stuff.
The show starts slowly but builds up quickly and while there’s a  predictable feel good factor at the end it’s an  enjoyable show with a message  accept others for who they are.

The cast, and every one of them was superb, received a standing ovation and for us it is a must see show.

Kinky Boots is on at the Regent Theatre until Saturday February 9th 2019.

Mon – Thu performances 7.30pm | Fri performances 5pm & 8.30pm | Sat performances 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Tickets can be purchased from Fri 10 Nov at the box office counter, online at www.atgtickets.com/stoke or when you call 0844 7649 871


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