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Dates and venue confirmed for the world premiere of Tina

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

STAGE Entertainment have confirmed that Tina, a new musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner, will open at the Aldwych Theatre in April 2018. Performances will begin on March 21, 2018 with press night on April 17.

Tina is initially booking to June 16, 2018, and tickets will be released for public sale at 10am on September 22, 2017 with priority booking from 10am today (September 15).

Tina Turner said: “I am so excited to be bringing my musical to the West End! London is a place that means so much to me and had such a big impact on my music and my life. Returning now to tell my full story, in the city I love, feels like an important chapter and is truly exciting.”

Written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, Tina will be directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical, presented in association with Tina Turner herself, reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.

With a career that has spanned more than half a century, the legendary rock performer Tina Turner is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. She 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. Later, Turner enjoyed an international solo career with her 1984 album Private Dancer earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards, including three Grammys.

She went on to deliver more chart-topping albums and hits, receiving a further eight Grammy Awards and reportedly selling more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history. Turner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and has often been voted as one of the most successful female Rock ‘n’ Roll artists of all time.

Phyllida Lloyd and Tina Turner at Tina workshop in December 2016. Photo by Hugo Glendinning.

Phyllida Lloyd returns to the West End where she has previously directed the world premiere of Mamma Mia!, currently still running in London after 18 years. Her production subsequently opened on Broadway and worldwide becoming a global phenomenon before she directed a film version for Universal Pictures.

More recently she has directed a Shakespeare Trilogy for the Donmar at King’s Cross – Henry IV, Julius Caesar and The Tempest, all of which were also seen in New York where she has previously directed The Taming of the Shrew at the Public Theatre and Josephine and I at Joe’s Pub at The Public, a transfer from The Bush.

Katori Hall is a writer and performer from Memphis, Tennessee. In 2016, her play Children of Killers was performed as part of the National Theatre’s Connections Festival. Her play The Mountaintop premiered at Theatre503 in 2009 before transferring to Trafalgar Studios and winning the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play. Following the West End run, The Mountaintop opened on Broadway in October 2011 starring Samuel L Jackson and Angela Bassett. Hall’s other writing includes the award-winning Hurt Village currently in development for a feature film, Hoodoo Love, Remembrance and Saturday Night/Sunday Morning.

Produced by Stage Entertainment, Joop van den Ende and Tali Pelman, in association with Tina Turner, Tina will have choreography by Anthony van Laast, set and costume design by Mark Thompson, musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Nevin Steinberg and orchestrations by Ethan Popp. Casting will be announced in due course.

Thompson, van Laast and Skilbeck all collaborated with Lloyd on the world premiere of her production of Mamma Mia!

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Image (bottom): Phyllida Lloyd and Tina Turner at the Tina workshop in December 2016. Photo by Hugo Glendinning.