Tina Turner’s life story told on Derngate stage

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Audiences at Royal & Derngate will be reminded why Tina Turner is ‘simply the best’, when a musical based on the singer’s life comes to the stage.

Soul Sister, the hit West End musical inspired by the story of Ike and Tina Turner, will run in Northampton from Monday, May 6 until Saturday, May 11.

Emi Wokoma who, according to The Daily Telegraph, has a “voice that could make your hair stand on end” plays Tina Turner in the show, alongside Chris Tummings, who plays Ike. Emi was the original star of the West End production.

As the tale goes, Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee) is spotted by R&B bandleader, Ike, who renames her and schools her in the finer points of performance.

Ike and Tina’s professional partnership soars with songs such as Proud Mary and River Deep Mountain High but, behind the scenes, their marriage crumbles as Ike’s controlling nature comes to the fore.

Soul Sister follows the highs, lows, passions and heartbreak of Tina’s life, as she battles her way to superstardom and recognition as one of the greatest solo artists of all time, earning nine Grammy wins and a place in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.

The show is full of musical numbers played by a live band, including the fabulous ‘Ikettes.’ Hits include What’s Love Got To Do With It, Nutbush City Limits, Simply the Best and Private Dancer.

Performances of Soul Sister will be held at 7.30pm, with matinees at 2.30pm on the Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets cost £15-£32.50. For more information, or to book tickets, call the box office on 01604 624811 or log on to the website www.royalandderngate.co.uk