A new year brings a whole host of new shows to London's West End; familiar names and new faces to the stage are set to dazzle the capital with a truly astounding line-up. With so much to see, it can be difficult to choose which to start with – so we've picked a few of our favourites.
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
About the Show
From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical is the new biographical musical which follows the story of a global icon, featuring her much loved songs.
Throughout her career, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical, directed by the internationally acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd, reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.
Broadway star Adrienne Warren, recently nominated for a Tony Award for Shuffle Along on Broadway, will portray the titular global star.
One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner first rose to fame in the 1960s, partnering with her then-husband Ike Turner, achieving great acclaim for their live performances and catalogue of hits. The duo’s releases at the time included the likes of A Fool In Love (1960) and River Deep – Mountain High (1966).
Divorce from Ike followed in 1978, with Tina Turner going on to enjoy an international solo career which saw her win 11 Grammy Awards. Her string of hits included Let’s Stay Together (1983), What’s Love Got To Do With It (1984 – Tina’s biggest hit, winning four Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year), The Best (1988), I Don’t Wanna Fight (1993) and the Bond theme tune GoldenEye (1995). A Tina Turner musical has long been suggested for the theatre – her biographical film was released in 1993, and she has also starred in numerous major movies, including opposite Mel Gibson in the 1985 action film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical
About the Show
Following a crowd-pulling, critic-pleasing, sensory-exploding run at the London Coliseum, Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is set to rock the West End again at the Dominion Theatre.
Taking place in Obsidian – a post-apocalyptic world led by the tyrannical ruler, Falco – Bat Out Of Hell tells the story of the eternally young Strat and his wild gang – known as The Lost. While roaming the streets, Strat has a chance encounter with Raven, Falco’s daughter, which leads to a full-throttled love affair packed with youthful rebellion and rock and roll.
Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical was written by songwriting legend, Jim Steinman. Jim is famed for writing Meat Loaf’s album Bat Out Of Hell – one of history’s best-selling albums having sold over 50 million copies worldwide – and follow-up album, Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which features the monster and eternal hit, I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).
Jim used songs from the iconic albums to create the soundtrack which includes: You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth, Bat Out Of Hell, I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) and Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad. Plus, the show includes two previously unreleased songs, What Part of My Body Hurts the Most and Not Allowed to Love.