TINA – The Tina Turner Musical Tickets

Aldwych Theatre Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF
Important Info
TINA - The Tina Turner Musical Child Policy 

Children under 5 will not be admitted. Recommended for ages 14 and above.

Special Note: The show contains strobe lighting, loud music, gunshots, haze and scenes that some customers may find uncomfortable. Please note, Tina Turner will not be appearing in this production.
Performance Timings
Monday - 19:30
Tuesday - 19:30
Wednesday - 19:30
Thursday 14:30 19:30
Friday - 19:30
Saturday 14:30 19:30
Sunday - -
Show Info

Book TINA – The Tina Turner Musical Tickets

The much anticipated Tina Turner musical received its world premiere in London in April 2018 at the Aldwych Theatre in the West End, and opened to terrific reviews. Tina – The Tina Turner Musical chronicles the life of the rock ‘n’ roll legend who brought us hit songs like “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, “Proud Mary”, “The Best”, “River Deep Mountain High” and “Better Be Good To Me”.

Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on 26 November 1939 in Nutbush, Tennessee. She obtained Swiss citizenship in 2013 and currently lives in Küsnacht, Switzerland. She shot to fame in the mid-1950s singing with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm, originally under the name "Little Ann." She became Tina Turner in 1960 and began the Ike & Tina Turner Revue with hits such as "River Deep – Mountain High", "Proud Mary" and "Nutbush City Limits". She has since spoken openly about being a victim of domestic abuse and split from Ike in 1976.

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical began previews at the Aldwych Theatre on 21st March 2018, and officially opened on 17th April 2018 in the attendance of Tina Turner.

Turner is played in the musical by American actress Adrienne Warren. Warren made her Broadway debut in 2012 when she appeared in the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical Bring It On at the St James Theatre. She then went on to star in Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, which saw her nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She makes her West End debut in Tina, and was described as an “exceptional talent” when announced by Turner.

Produced by Stage Entertainment, the show will be directed by Mamma Mia director Phyllida Lloyd, and has a book by writer Katori Hall, whose play The Mountaintop about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr gained notoriety on both sides of the Atlantic. Tina has been in the works for several years, with Turner attending a workshop held in late 2016, where she said: “I am delighted to be able to share our news as we begin the next chapter of our journey. It has been wonderful to collaborate with Katori and Phyllida and to have my story nurtured by such an amazing creative team is thrilling. London has always had a very special place in my heart and it’s wonderful to be back”.

Tina Turner's story has previously been presented in the film 'What's Love Got to Do with It?' directed by Brian Gibson. Released in 1993 it starred Angela Bassett as Tina Turner and Laurence Fishburne as Ike Turner. The stage musical Soul Sister was devised by John Miller and Pete Brooks and produced by Bill Kenwright and John Miller. It ran at The Hackney Empire in 2012 before transferring to the West End's Savoy Theatre where it was nominated for an Olivier Award. This new musical, however, is the first musical Turner is directly involved with.

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TINA - The Tina Turner Musical Synopsis 

From modest beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, Anna Mae Bullock defied the bounds of her age, gender and race to become global superstar Tina Turner. One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, she has won 11 Grammy Awards and sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer in music history.


TINA - The Tina Turner Musical Child Policy 

Children under 5 will not be admitted. Recommended for ages 14 and above.

Special Note: The show contains strobe lighting, loud music, gunshots, haze and scenes that some customers may find uncomfortable. Please note, Tina Turner will not be appearing in this production.

Important information

Running time
3 hours (inc interval)
Booking Until
Sat, 20 July 2019
Cast

TINA – The Tina Turner Musical Cast

By:Katori Hall, with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins
Producer:Stage Entertainment
Director:Phyllida Lloyd
Songs by:Tina Turner
Design:Mark Thompson
Choreography:Anthony van Laast
Costume:Mark Thompson


Cast list

Adrienne Warren (Tina Turner)
Other info: Musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck.
 
Reviews

TINA – The Tina Turner Musical Critics & Reviews

Critics rating: ****
Average press rating: **** 
Review by: Will Longman

If you drew up a list of everything you wanted from a Tina Turner musical, you wouldn’t be disappointed by Tina, which gets its world premiere at the Aldwych Theatre. It’s got the anthems, it’s got the moves, it’s got the hair. But on a deep-dive into the life of one of the world’s best-selling recording artists, we witness some of the moments of genuine turmoil she’s had to endure on her way to stardom.

Born Anna Mae Bullock, the young Turner grew up in the small Tennessee town of Nutbush, whose Black residents were expected to stick to picking cotton and keep to themselves. Her first experience of violence is over the kitchen table as her father beats her mother. It draws gasps from the audience who may have bought tickets solely expecting a jaunty musical, but also provides a harrowing insight into the life that lies ahead.

Anna Mae was discovered by Ike Turner, who put her centre stage leading his band alongside him. He made her change her name to Tina Turner, and made her his wife. Tina became embroiled in Ike’s life: he would beat her for seeing men before they were married, for not performing the music in his vision. And it’s pretty brutal stuff.

The second half focusses much more on Turner’s music: working with Beatles producer Phil Spector; finding her rock ‘n’ roll mojo; facing record labels who would only have one Black woman on their books. It brings Turner’s current husband, record executive Erwin Bach (Gerard McCarthy), into the frame, though his involvement in the story feels shoe-horned in.

Making her West End debut, Adrienne Warren absolutely storms it in the title role. Her impersonations of Turner are pretty spot-on, from her low-smooth tones to iconic howls – best demonstrated in a scene in the recording studio where Ike pushes the singer to go higher and higher. She’s got the moves too, imitating Turner’s distinctive moves and during the finale, transporting us from the Aldwych to the 180,000 capacity Maracana Stadium; from a musical to a rock concert.

As you would expect, Tina is constantly at the centre of this story. Katori Hall’s book does tackle the issues head-on, it covers racism in the Deep South, adversity in the music industry, and relationships of domestic abuse – all very current issues too. The only respite comes in the music.

The whole show has more of a rock musical vibe than I expected. Many scenes begin on stage or at a recording session, giving us full-power renditions of “River Deep. Mountain High” and “The Best” (which is a pretty high-octane finale that drew the audience to its feet). But a highlight could be act two opener “Private Dancer”, as Tina struggles to cope after Ike uses copyright to stop her from performing any of the songs they worked on together.

Phyllida Lloyd’s staging includes the extensive use of video as a backdrop which works well to transport us from rainy London (“I Can't Stand the Rain”) to trippy, colourful scenes like “Higher”. The choreography is some of the most giddy and energetic in the West End (the faster the better) and while Warren’s spot-on as Turner, the speed means it’s noticeable if one dancer is a touch out of time.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, performing in a musical for the first time, plays the villainous Ike with ferocity, though it is slightly grating that the character can hardly go one song without grabbing a guitar.

It’s everything you expected, executed well and packs in a few surprises. Simply the Best? If you’re a Tina fan, it’ll definitely be pretty close.

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical is booking at the Aldwych Theatre until 20th October.

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What the popular press said...

"Born in the USA, made in England. That’s the thesis of this slickly choreographed, beautifully designed and roof-raisingly well-sung bio-musical about Tina Turner."
Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph (five stars)

"This is a great show that is going to be a hit and its star, Adrienne Warren, is, as someone once sang, simply the best."
Ann Treneman, The Times (four stars)

"[Tina] offers a heady celebration of triumph over adversity and boasts a whirlwind performance by Adrienne Warren that left the audience, though not the star herself, breathless."
Michael Billington, The Guardian (four stars)

"Two things make this new West End mega-musical incredible: one, her life story – the fact that the unwanted daughter of poor black sharecroppers in racist small-town Tennessee became Tina Turner; two, Adrienne Warren as Tina."
Tim Bano, The Stage (four stars)

"Phyllida Lloyd’s production is a rollicking rollercoaster ride, delivered with stylistic verve and fireball energy by a high-caliber cast and crew."
Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

"Warren is a livewire performer with a belter of a voice and the hits, as well as that iconic clothing combination of leather and denim, are all present and correct."
Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard (three stars)

"From the second she takes over from the child actor playing her young self, Warren ignites the theater."
David Benedict, Variety
Venue Info

Aldwych Theatre

Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF

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Aldwych Theatre

Address: 49 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF
Capacity: 1176

The Aldwych Theatre was built in 1905 on the newly built road from which it takes its name. Though built as a pair with the Novello Theatre (known as the Waldorf at this time) by the same designer, W. G. R. Sprague, they were funded and managed by different entities, with Seymour Hicks and the American impresario Charles Frohman taking control of the Aldwych. Together they produced several musical comedies in the theatre’s early years, including the opening production Blue Bell, which starred Mr Hicks himself. The Aldwych Theatre is designed in an Edwardian Baroque style.

The Aldwych became renowned for the quality of the shows produced, particularly the series of comedies which played at the theatre beginning in 1925. These plays were written by Ben Travers and became known as ‘The Aldwych Farces’ over their eight-year hold on the theatre. Following these plays the theatre was bought by the Abrahams family and managed by Prince Littler, who steered the tone of the plays presented into more dramatic territory, notably seeing Vivien Leigh take to the stage in A Streetcar named Desire in 1949, directed by her then husband Laurence Olivier.

The 1960s saw the Aldwych become renowned for another series of plays, this time governed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Commencing in December 1960, their reign lasted for 21 years and saw some of Britain’s best known and respected actors grace the stage in the works of the Bard.

Following this tenure, the Aldwych Theatre was bought by the Nederlander Organization who still own it today and have led the theatre from strength to strength with the productions they have secured for the house – a mix of comedies, dramas, musicals and star performers have found success at the Aldwych.

The Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical Beautiful – The Carole King Musical told the story of iconic songwriter Carole King, and in 2018 the theatre currently hosts another jukebox musical about a legedary female musican, Tina - The Tina Turner Musical.


Seating

The auditorium has three levels – Stalls, Dress Circle and Grand Circle.

In the Stalls there is a good rake for the seating which allows for good visibility of the stage. The overhang of the Dress Circle blocks the top of the stage from Row L onwards.

The Dress Circle is on an excellent rake too and there isn’t a safety bar at the front meaning that there is a great view from most seats. The Grand Circle overhangs from Row B and affects the view from Row E.

The Grand Circle is very high in this theatre, and it should be noted that seats in Row D onwards do not have armrests and are fixed seats.


Facilities At Aldwych Theatre 

Seat plan: Aldwych Theatre Seat Plan
Facilities: Air conditioned
Bar
Disabled toilets
Infrared hearing loop
Toilets
Wheelchair accessible


Access description: 1 step then 5 more up to the main entrance which has double doors opening outwards, with 4 handrails. Box Office counter on the right. No steps from the foyer to the front of the Dress Circle, or 15 steps up to the back (2 steps between rows). 26 steps down from the foyer to the Stalls, and 50+ up to the Upper Circle. All steps are highlighted, with a handrail to the left-hand side on staircases. Theatre opens 30 mins before performance.

Sound Amplification: Infra-red system in the auditorium with 5 headsets and 5 neckloops. Induction loop at left window of the box office.

Guide Dogs: One guide dog per performance allowed in Box D.

Disabled Access: Entrance to the auditorium is through a double EXIT door on Drury Lane, over a slight edge and down a ramp inside the door (handrail on the left-hand side), into a corridor which leads to the right-hand side of the Dress Circle. 2 spaces for wheelchair users plus one companion in Box D, through an outer door (76 cm wide) and inner door (69 cm wide). The doorway is too narrow for motorised wheelchairs. You will not be able to see some of the stage. Alternative space for a wheelchair user beside C1 in the Dress Circle, on a slight slope. Transfer seat at C1. Wheelchairs stored in the lobby. Each wheelchair user must bring a non-disabled companion.

Toilets: Women’s and men’s at Stalls and Upper Circle level. Further women’s in main foyer and men’s at Dress Circle level.

Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilets off main foyer at Dress Circle level


Nearest tube: Charing Cross
Tube lines: Bakerloo, Northern
Location: West End
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
Night bus numbers: (Aldwych) 6, 23, 139, 188, 243, N1, N11, N13, N26, N47, N68, N87, N89, N91, N155, N171, N551, N343; (Strand) 176, 341, N9, N15, N21, N44, N76
Car park: Drury Lane, Parker Street (5mins)
Within congestion zone?: Yes
Directions from tube: (10mins) Head out onto the main road Strand. Cross street where possible and go right. When you reach the fork, veer left onto Aldwych.

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