Event: Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots, a musical about being who you truly are and not giving up no matter what. The winner of many Musical awards, too many to list. This musical is something that I am so glad that I had the chance to watch. Lola, the fabulous Drag Queen, helps Charlie Price sells high heeled boots in order to save his business. I will go into detail below so here’s your spoiler alert warning!

For my birthday present, my mum and step dad bought me a ticket to go and see Kinky Boots. I love going to the theatre, buying a programme and getting a t-shirt. The whole experience you might say.

img_0516We kicked off the afternoon with a little look around Covent Garden, buying a few little bits from Paperchase, then onto Zizzi’s for lunch. I’ve never been to Zizzi’s before and it was a pretty good choice considering my healthy eating.

img_0514 So admittedly Kinky Boots wasn’t on my top five ‘must sees’ but I was still excited. My sister and cousin had expressed how jealous they were and I trust their opinions. I had heard a couple of the songs though and they were catchy.

We got to the Adelphi Theatre and bought the programmes and I got my t-shirt. It’s a tradition of mine to get a t-shirt to each musical I’ve been to or my mum gets me one when she goes. I’m getting quite a collection! I sat with my Prossecco ice lolly in hand and watched the show.

In the musical, Lola, previously known as Simon in his younger days, is shown with his boxing gloves but high heels in his backpack. Charlie Price is in his father’s shoe factory, Price and Son, looking at what ultimately he will inherit. Charlie is fed up of shoes but Simon is fascinated by them. Both boys have a huge weight on their shoulders; being who their fathers want them to be.

After the opening scene, which was incredible, it flashes forward to Charlie and his fiancé looking at a pair of shoes she wants for the wedding. They speak about their move to London away from Northampton, which Charlie’s father was hoping wouldn’t happen due to his desire for Charlie to inherit the factory. Not long after his move to London, Charlie’s father dies and he takes over the factory. However, the market for good quality shoes has dried up especially now they are imported from all over the world at a fraction of the cost. The factory is going under and the workers, who have known Charlie all his life, are not convinced of the new management.

Charlie visits an old friend and shoe salesmen in London who offers a temporary solution for his factory. On his way back, he encounters a woman being hassled by two men, he tries to help but ends up knocked out. When he wakes up, he appears to be in a nightclub with the lovely Lola, who he tried to protect from the two thugs. Lola and her backing singers perform and Charlie tells her that the high heeled boots they are wearing are not made for a man’s weight. Lola explains to him that they are a necessity for her line of work.

Back at the factory, Charlie starts laying off the workers until Lauren, one of the assembly line workers, tells him to think of a niche market to help save the factory. Lauren fancies Charlie even though he is engaged to Nicola. She is a hilarious character that I feel most girls can relate to. Charlie realises that he could be the answer for Lola’s problems and she could be the answer to saving the factory.


Lola and her angels come to the factory to help design a pair of boots. Eventually the workers, Charlie, Lola and her angels make the perfect boot. The main ingredient had to be the sex appeal. Don, the foreman, is not keen on Lola he cannot understand why she won’t dress like the man she really is. Charlie asks Lola to stay and help until the show in Milan. Lola turns up the next day dressed as a man and Don mocks her which makes her upset so she locks herself away in the factory bathroom. Charlie consoles her, as Lola explains that she was a trained boxer until her father disowned her when she turned up to a fight in drag. Many of the workers are having trouble adjusting to the changes and being around Lola.

Nicola comes back from London and shows Charlie the plans she had her boss draw up for the factory. He refuses the plans but is shocked to hear that his father approved them before he died. However, Charlie refuses to sell the factory and the workers celebrate their first pair of KINKY BOOTS.

We had really good seats!

In the second act, Lola makes a wager with Don who continues to give her grieve at the factory.  Lola says that she will prove that she is a better man than he is, they are allowed to give each other one task that they must complete. Don challenges Lola to a boxing match, in which she lets him win but only Don and Lola know that. She wouldn’t let him be humiliated in front of his friends. Her challenge was for him to accept someone for who they are.

Charlie is becoming very picky with the workers pairs of shoes and they are become fed up with his behaviour. Nicola is fed up with his constant absence from her life and breaks up with Charlie. Lola insists on letting her angels model in Milan in order to keep the costs down, Charlie lashes out and embarrasses her in front of everybody. The workers leave the factory and Charlie is on his own. He struggles with the pressure of what his father expected of him.

Lauren convinces Charlie not to give up and tells him that Don has persuaded the workers back to the factory. They all sacrifice a weeks wages in order to get to Milan. Charlie cannot believe it and asks Don if he had fulfilled his end of Lola’s wager. Don had chosen to accept Charlie for who he is. Charlie leaves Lola a lengthy voicemail apologising for his actions and hoping she will make it to Milan. Charlie, Lauren and a few others leave for the airport.

Meanwhile Lola is performing in a nursing home, a beautiful ballad, then when she finishes she speaks to a man. He is wheel chair bound and so happens to be her father.

In Milan, Charlie is forced to model the Boots himself due to no models. THIS PART WAS HILARIOUS! Just as it seems like it has all gone down hill, Lola and her angels turn up to save the day and model the fabulous Kinky Boots. Lauren and Charlie kiss and the company celebrates their success.

This musical is uplifting and makes you want to stand up and dance. There is humour, sadness, sometimes moments of self reflection and sympathy. If you want to see men dance and flip better in high heels than most women do then go see this musical! Matt Henry, former contestant on ‘The Voice UK’ is astounding as Lola and David Henry was brilliantly funny as Charlie.

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