More than 100,000 new tickets will go on sale today (Friday 26 January 2018) at 12noon GMT for Tina, the new musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner. Officially opening at the Aldwych Theatre on 17 April 2018, with previews beginning on 21 March, the show is now booking to 20 October 2018.
Also today, the producers are releasing the first of three short films charting the development of this world premiere. Phyllida Lloyd, director of Tina, visits Tina Turner to talk about life, music and the stage. From the Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn (Man on Wire and Searching for Sugarman), the shorts, produced by Lightbox, will be available to watch exclusively on the official Tina website and social media channels.
Written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, choreography is 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, projection design by Jeff Sugg and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.
The cast comprises Adrienne Warren, who plays the title role, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Ike Turner, Madeline Appiah as Tina’s mother Zelma Bullock, Jenny Fitzpatrick as the alternate Tina, Lorna Gayle as Tina’s Grandmother GG, Tom Godwin as record producer Phil Spector and Lyricist Terry Britten, Francesca Jackson as Ike and Tina’s manager Rhonda Graam, Aisha Jawando as Tina’s sister Alline Bullock, Natey Jones as Tina’s father Richard Bullock and Tina’s first love Raymond Hill, Gerard McCarthy as record company marketing manager Erwin Bach and Ryan O’Donnell as Tina’s Manager Roger Davies.
They are joined by ensemble members Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Keisher Downie, Kit Esuruoso who also plays Tina’s son Craig Hill, Jammy Kasongo, Sia Kiwa, Jason Langley, Kayleigh McKnight, Baker Mukasa and Tanisha Spring and swings Derek Aidoo, Gavin Alex, Edward Bourne, Candace Furbert, Hannah Jay-Allan and Rodney Vubya. Children’s casting will be announced in due course.
Tina is produced by Stage Entertainment, Joop van den Ende and Tali Pelman, in association with Tina Turner.