Full casting has been announced forTina – The Tina Turner Musical, which opens at the Aldwych Theatre in Spring 2018.
Classical actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith will play Ike Turner alongside the previously announced Broadway actress Adrienne Warren, who will portray Tina Turner.
Holdbrook-Smith was last on stage playing Laertes in Hamlet at the Barbican alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.
His previous theatre credits include Edward II, Antigone, Death and the King’s Horseman, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead for the National Theatre; The Low Road for the Royal Court; Feast, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and The Changeling for the Young Vic; and, Love’s Labour’s Lost for Shakespeare’s Globe.
Kobna’s film work includes Paddington 2, Justice League, Doctor Strange and the forthcoming Mary Poppins Returns.
The cast also features Madeline Appiah (Hamlet, Almeida) as Tina’s mother Zelma Bullock, Lorna Gayle (Guys and Dolls, Savoy Theatre) as Tina’s Grandmother GG, Tom Godwin (The Woman in Black) as Record Producer Phil Spector and Lyricist Terry Britten, Francesca Jackson (Rent, Duke of York’s Theatre) as Ike and Tina’s manager Rhonda Graam, Aisha Jawando (Motown The Musical, Shaftesbury Theatre) as Tina’s sister Alline Bullock, Natey Jones as Tina’s father Richard Bullock and Tina’s first love Raymond Hill, Gerard McCarthy (Saturday Night Fever, Apollo Theatre) as record company Marketing Manager Erwin Bach and Ryan O’Donnell (Sunny Afternon, West End) as Tina’s Manager Roger Davies.
Jenny Fitzpatrick (Oliver, Drury Lane) will play the alternate Tina.
They are joined by ensemble members Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Keisher Downie, Kit Esuruoso , 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.
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical is directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins.
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical will run from 21 March 2018 until 16 June 2018 at the Aldwych Theatre, London.