Until 14 Sep
Runtime: 2h 45m
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 reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race. One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner has won 11 Grammy Awards and her live shows have been seen by millions, with more concert tickets sold than any other solo performer in music history. Featuring her much loved songs, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical is written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall and directed by the internationally acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd. Presented in association with Tina Turner. Age recommendation: 14+ Content: The show contains strobe lighting, loud music, gun shots, haze and scenes that some customers may find uncomfortable. Please note: This production has a strict no exchange or refund policy in regard to the appearance of any particular artist which cannot be guaranteed. Photography, video and sound recordings of any kind are strictly prohibited during the performance.
When Anna Mae Bullock was growing up in Nutbush, Tenessee, no one could have predicted that she would soon become the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll herself, Tuna Turner.
Now you can join Anna on the journey of a lifetime in TINA: The Tina Turner Musical. Follow her life’s story from humble beginnings singing at the Spring Hill Baptist Church in Nutbush to meeting Ike Turner and embarking on a career that would see her win 12 Grammys and become one of the best-selling recording artists of all time.
Workshopped with Tina Turner herself, the musical is scored by a soundtrack of her greatest hits, including Nutbush City Limits, Shake a Tail Feather, Let’s Stay Together, River Deep Mountain High, Proud Mary, What’s Love Got to Do With It?, We Don’t Need Another Hero, and the iconic Best.
"It's really important to me to have the chance to share my full story,” says Tina of the show. “This musical is not about my stardom. It is about the journey I took to get there. Each night I want audiences to take away from the theatre that you can turn poison into medicine."
TINA opened at the West End’s Aldwych Theatre in 2018 and has since been nominated for three Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, and Best Actor in a Musical (won by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith). It has also been nominated for four Black British Theatre Awards, four WhatsOnStage Awards, and two Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
Critic reviews have been equally glowing. “As bio-musicals go, this is as good as it gets,” says Michael Billington of The Guardian. Dominic Cavendish of The Daily Telegraph describes the show as “slickly choreographed, beautifully designed, and roof-raising well-sung.”
On Broadway, TINA won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a musical and was nominated in 11 other categories. It was honoured by the Outer Circle Critics Awards for Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Outstanding Choreographer, Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Outstanding Featured in a Musical, and Outstanding Costume Design.
Taking the mic as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll is Aisha Jawando, who was nominated for the Best Female Actor in a Musical at the Black British Theatre Awards in 2020. She has previously been seen in The Lion King at the Lyceum, in The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales, in the original London cast of Motown the Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre, and in the original London cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych.
Jawando shares the role with Elesha Paul Moses, who has previously appeared in Whitney – Queen of the Night and Tina: What’s Love Got to Do With It (both Cuffe & Taylor productions). She’s also known to TV audiences for her appearance on The Voice.
The rest of the cast features Caleb Roberts as Ike Turner, Charis Alexendra as Alline, Irene Myrtle Forrester as Gran Georgeanna, Chris Grahamson as Phil Spector/Terry Britten, Kelly Hampson/Francesca Jackon as Rhonda Graam, Gregory Haney as Richard Bullock, Paula Kay as Zelma Bullock, and Turrell Barrett-Wallace as Ronnie.
Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall wrote the book and the show is led by acclaimed theatre and film director Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!, The Iron Lady).
Performances of TINA take place at the Aldwych Theatre every Wednesday to Saturday at 7.30 pm, with Tuesday shows at 7 pm. There are also matinees at 2.30 pm every Thursday and Saturday and 3 pm on Sundays. Performances run at two hours 45, including an interval.