TINA The Musical – based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner, opens at the Aldwych Theatre in April 2018. The Tina Turner Musical London performances will begin on 21st March 2018 with press night on 17th April 2018. TINA is initially booking to 16th June 2018.
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 and directed by Phyllida Lloyd, with choreography by Anthony van Laast, set and costume designs are by Mark Thompson, musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Bruno Poet sound by Nevin Steinberg and orchestrations by Ethan Popp. Casting for TINA will be announced in due course.
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. The revered singer was introduced 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.
Theatre: Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF
Dates: initial booking period 21 March – 16 June 2018
Press Night: 17 April 2018 at 7pm
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm
Nb first midweek matinee 12 April 2018
Venue and Travel Information
49 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF, United Kingdom
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross
Tube Lines: Bakerloo, Northern
Directions from nearest tube: From The Strand. Cross street where possible and go right. When you reach the fork, turn left onto Aldwych.
Railway Station: Charing Cross
Bus Numbers: (Aldwych) RV1, X68, 1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243; (Strand) 4, 9, 15, 26, 76, 176, 341
Car Park: Drury Lane, Parker Street
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air conditioned, Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets, Wheelchair accessible
Alwdych Theatre Brief History
When the area between Wellington Street, Strand and Fleet Street was rebuilt in the latter years of the nineteenth century, much of London’s old theatre land was removed. The present-day streets of Aldwych and Kingsway were built, with plans being made for the building of two theatres with identical facades along the Aldwych. One was to be built on the corner of Catherine Street, and the other on the corner of Drury Lane. Between the two theatres the fabulous Waldorf hotel.
The Aldwych Theatre was designed by W G R Sprague and constructed by Balham’s Walter Wallis for Seymour Hicks. The Aldwych theatre began with a production of Blue Bell, a new version of Hicks’ well-liked pantomime Bluebell in Fairyland. In 1906, The Beauty of Bath, then followed in 1907 by The Gay Gordons. In February 1913 the theatre was utilized by Serge Diaghilev and Vaslav Nijinsky for rehearsals of Le Sacre du Printemps before its controversial premiere in Paris later on that year.
In 1920, Basil Rathbone played the part of Major Wharton in The Unknown. From 1925-1933, it turned into the home of farces by Ben Travers’s, often also referred to as The Aldwych Farces. Travers’ company contained Ralph Lynn, Tom Walls, Yvonne Arnaud, Norma Varden, Mary Brough, Winifred Shotter and Robertson Hare. In 1933, Richard Tauber presented and starred in a new adaptation of Das Dreim derlhaus, under the title Lilac Time. From the mid-1930s until around 1960, the theatre was owned by the Abrahams.
During the post-war years Vivien Leigh, who had won an Academy Award for the film version of the same name, appeared in a 1949 London production of A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by her husband, Laurence Olivier, with Bonar Colleano co-starring as Stanley.
On 15th December 1960, it was announced that the RSC of Stratford-upon-Avon was to base its London productions at the Aldwych Theatre for the next three years. They then stayed for more than 20 years, eventually moving to the Barbican Arts Centre in 1982. Among many significant productions were The Wars of the Roses, The Greeks, and Nicholas Nickleby, together with many Shakespeare productions.
During absences of the RSC, the theatre hosted the annual World Theatre Seasons, with international plays in their original productions, invited to London by the theatre impresario Peter Daubeny, annually from 1964 to 1973 and finally in 1975. For his involvement with these seasons, performed without any Arts Council or other official financial support, Daubeny won the Evening Standard Special Award in 1972. The Aldwych Theatre was listed as a Grade II listed building on 20th July 1971.
In 1990-91, British actress Joan Collins starred in Private Lives. Since 2000, the theatre has hosted a variation of plays, comedies and musical theatre productions. With Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Whistle Down the Wind playing until 2001, and Fame enjoying an extended run from 2002 to 2006. From that time, the venue has hosted Dancing in the Streets, which subsequently moved to the Playhouse Theatre and since September 2006 has been the home to the British musical version of Dirty Dancing by Eleanor Bergstein.
RECENT and CURRENT PRODUCTIONS
A Round-Heeled Woman (30 November 2011 – 14 January 2012)
Top Hat the Musical (April 2012 – 26 October 2013) by Irving Berlin
Stephen Ward the Musical (December 2013 – March 2014 ) by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (25 February 2015 – )