At Price and Sons shoe factory in Northampton, tragedy strikes when its beloved owner suddenly dies. By logic, Charlie Price is now in charge, but he has just moved to London with his girlfriend in search of a cosmopolitan lifestyle and is hesitant to take the reins from his late father. His worries are exacerbated when a backlog of past orders pushes the factory to the brink of financial collapse, and Charlie is forced to seek an alternative. It seems his answer is found with the beautiful – if not broad-shouldered – Lola, a glamorous drag queen who, along with her equally-talented colleagues, serve as a niche market for male-sized, industrial-strength, sensual heels. Together, Charlie and Lola must put aside their differences in search of a shoe worthy of the infamous Milan catwalk – where not only fashion, but prejudices, are redefined.

Kayi Ushe gives a show-stopping performance as Lola, serving both looks and heart-melting vocals. He gives life to Jerry Mitchell’s fierce choreography; commanding the attention of both the factory floor and the audience with his troupe of multi-coloured, glittering Angels.

He is complemented well by Joel Harper-Jackson’s equally-impressive Charlie – an individual whose desire to do please everybody too often clouds his sense of pragmatism.

Cyndi-Lauper’s award-winning score is as punchy as it is endearing. Pairing ballads with crowd-raising dance numbers, she animates the plot in a way in which the well-known film – the starting point for the musical – cannot; both at once preserving its cinematic charm whilst simultaneously giving it a fresh sense of innovation. Charlie’s love interest and factory worker Nicola – played by Charlie Allen – is able to shine in her humorous rendition of ‘The History of Wrong Guys’; a particularly memorable number through which the rebellious charm for which Lauper is known flourishes.

A feast for both the eyes and the soul, Kinky Boots will fill your heart with joy and your trousers with fishnets. Grab your heels and put your best foot forward: the party has officially arrived.

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