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Kinky Boots – A Review & Backstage Tour

February 28, 2019

If you’ve seen the striking advertising around Bristol (who can miss those huge red boots?!) then you’ll know that Kinky Boots, the musical, is currently at the Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday 9th March. I was lucky enough to watch the show last night and had the chance to meet some of the cast and go backstage for a quick tour.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t know the story behind Kinky Boots beforehand and didn’t know anyone who had seen the show so I had no idea what to expect. Luckily the cast of the show and the team from the Hippodrome were on hand to fill me in.

Kinky Boots is based on a true story and follows Charlie Price who inherits his family’s struggling shoe factory in Northampton. Charlie attempts to turn the factory’s fortunes around with the help of the fabulous Lola, a drag queen from London. I won’t give any spoilers away but if you love drag queens, appreciate a good shoe and can’t resist a song and dance, then this is the show for you!

As I mentioned, we were lucky enough to go backstage and even have some pictures on the stage before the show. It was fascinating to see the space where the cast change and how all the props and set pieces are set up beforehand. We were all living our best lives on the stage pretending that it could have been us performing that night. We can dream!

Obviously what we all wanted to see and learn about was THE SHOES! The shoes for every cast member in every Kinky Boots show around the world are handmade by an Australian company called Stepping Out. They take 21 measurements so each pair is the perfect fit. The Bristol show required 48 pairs to be made with each pair costing approximately £2500! Unfortunately, even though the shoes are custom made, the cast don’t get to keep their shoes and they go to the London show to be used as spares. I’d be gutted!

As always, I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities I get through my blog so thank you very much to the team at Bristol Hippodrome and Kinky Boots for a fantastic evening. I’ve been singing the songs all day which is a sign of how good the show was. I’m even listening to the soundtrack as I write this!

As of writing, there are still tickets left for this week at the Bristol Hippodrome and I highly recommend you go. Visit for full ticket details. The last show is on Saturday 9th March so be quick!

I was gifted two tickets to Kinky Boots in return for a review but all views are my own.