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Soul Sister

A new musical inspired by the life and times of Ike and Tina Turner

Hackney Empire 291 Mare Street London E 8 1 EJ, Box Office 020 8985 2424

will be at Hackney Empire from Saturday 14 April to Sat 5 May 2012. The press performances will be on Thursday 19 April and Friday 20 April at 7.30pm.

SOUL SISTER features classics including ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’, ‘Proud Mary’, ‘Private Dancer’ and ‘River Deep Mountain High’. The musical follows the highs and lows, the passions and heartbreak of Ike and Tina Turner as their careers blossomed and their marriage crumbled.

‘ The real power behind whatever success I have now was something I found within myself – something that is in all of us’ – Tina Turner

This world première is devised by Pete Brooks and John Miller. The director is Bob Eaton. Choreography and musical staging is by Jason Pennycooke, with design by Pete Brooks and Laura Hopkins. The projection design is by Simon Wainwright of Imitating The Dog, lighting by Nick Richings with sound by Ben Harrison. The musical supervisor and arranger is Keith Strachan and the musical director is Sean Green. Soul Sister is produced by Simply the Best Productions Limited in association with Hackney Empire.

Emi Wokoma will portray Tina Turner and Chris Tummings is Ike Turner. They lead the cast of 15. The Four Ikettes are Sharon Benson, Ria Horsford, Ngo Ngofa, and Joanne Sandi.

Emi Wokoma’s stage credits include in ‘Hairspray’ at the Shaftesbury Theatre, as one of the Ronettes in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, in ‘The Bacchae’ directed by John Tiffany for the National Theatre of Scotland, and in Trevor Nunn’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ at the Savoy. Chris Tummings’ many stage roles include in Stratford East’s ‘The Harder They Come’ and ‘The Big Life’ and in Indhu Rubasingham’s production of ‘Fabulation’ at the Tricycle.

Bob Eaton has directed 14 productions at the Royal Court Theatre Liverpool including revivals of Willy Russell’s musical ‘Our Day Out’ in 2009 & 2010. Pete Brooks is an Associate Director for Imitating The Dog for which he co-devised ‘Kellerman’ and which was designed by Laura Hopkins. She also designed the National Theatre of Scotland Award winning production of ‘Black Watch’ and will be designing ‘The Great Gatsby’ at the Noel Coward. Jason Pennycooke has appeared in many West End musicals. He has choreographed ‘Five Guys Named Moe’ and ‘The Big Life’ at the Apollo.

Sat 14 April to Sat 5 May 2012 Press Performances Thurs 19 & Fri 20 April at 7.30pm
Tue - Thu 7.30pm, Fri 8.15pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sun 5pm,
Weds matinees 2.30pm 25 Apr & 2 May
Tickets £10 - £27.50 Running Time: 2 hours 30 mins

27 February 2012