Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical at London Coliseum tickets
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical at London Coliseum tickets

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Overview

Meat Loaf’s classic rock album Bat Out Of Hell arrives on the London stage in 2017, as a new version directed by the award-winning Jay Scheib is set to open at the London Coliseum in summer 2017, with tickets expected to go on sale in autumn 2016. Exact details are still to be confirmed.

Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical follows the main character Strat, who has fallen madly in love with the daughter of the tyrannical Falco. It is a romantic adventure about youth, rebellion and passionate love, all set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic city.

Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is a rock’n’roll adventure that is pumped full of energy, tearing through over 20 classic songs by Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman. The musical includes such hit songs as ‘It’s All Coming Back To Me Now’, ‘I’d Do Anything for Love… (But I Won’t Do That)’, ‘You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)’, ‘Bat Out Of Hell’, ‘Dead Ringer For Love’ and ‘Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad’.

Bat Out Of Hell originally started its life as a futuristic rock musical called Neverland which was loosely based on Peter Pan and was written by Jim Steinman for a workshop in 1974 and first performed at the Kennedy Center Music Theatre Lab three years later. When Meat Loaf heard the songs, he thought they were ‘exceptional’ and this led them being recorded as his next album.

The album was first released in 1977 but was not initially a hit. Despite this, its popularity slowly grew over time and became one of the bestselling records in the world, staying on the United Kingdom album charts for a huge 485 weeks and has sold a total of 43 million copies worldwide. It has taken years of development by composer Jim Steinman to finally bring it back to the stage.

This brand new musical is directed by the Obie award-winning American director Jay Scheib. Scheib’s previous work includes Addicted to Bad Ideas, A House in Bali and Bellona, Destroyer of Cities. He is known for his work across live-cinema, opera, music and non-theatrical events.

Jim Steinman is a regular of musical theatre, having collaborated with fellow composer Andrew Lloyd Webber for the musical Whistle Down the Wind, which he wrote the lyrics for. The show opened in America, before coming to the West End’s Aldwych Theatre in 1998. This included the song ‘No Matter What’, which became a hugely popular hit for Boyzone.

Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is expected to open at the London Coliseum in summer 2017, with tickets scheduled to go on sale in autumn 2016.

Recommended for

Fans of the classic Meat Loaf album should not miss the chance to see it transformed in this new stage version, taking it back to its dystopian rock musical roots that was originally created by Jim Steinman in the 1970s.

Age Recommendations: No under 5's admitted

Dates and times

Running time: TBC
Opened: 05 Jun 2017
Press night: 20 Jun 2017
Booking from: 21 Aug 2017
Booking until: 22 Aug 2017

Location and map

London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES

191 Reviews Add review

Absolutely bonkers show, but you should expect nothing else from Jim Steinman. It is the third or fourth attempt/re-write that ... More

andysadler 5'9", 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Absolutely bonkers show, but you should expect nothing else from Jim Steinman. It is the third or fourth attempt/re-write that Steinman has undertaken as he has tried to create a musical and I would describe it as a mixture of Peter Pan, Romeo and Juliet and Mad Max and it is finally more or less coherent as a vehicle to showcase 40 years of great songs that were always written with the view of tying them together into a muscial. Many of the songs from the three BOOH albums are there, plus others from Steinman's back catalogue/side projects and three new songs, plus a lot of visual/verbal jokes that will appeal to long term fans but will probably pass unnoticed by most of the audience. It's completely crazy, full of woeful dancing and slightly incoherent, but is nontheless a great night out with some brilliant songs (well over 20 full songs plus a couple of excerpts and "spoken/chanted" pieces) that are wonderfully performed by the actors and musicians. I would highly recommend it provided that you don't take it too seriously.

andysadler 5'9", 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I was initially reluctant to see this show as I'm not too familiar with the music (I know a couple of the songs), and the ticket p... More

jamesatwill 178, 99 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I was initially reluctant to see this show as I'm not too familiar with the music (I know a couple of the songs), and the ticket prices were a lot higher than other shows, however I took the plunge. I thought it was absolutely amazing - I can see why the ticket prices are a bit higher - this show must have cost a fortune to put on! The set, technology, projections etc are all worth the price of the ticket alone. The story was pretty weak, but it really didn't matter at all in the slightest. Also this was some of the most ridiculous choreography I have ever seen, but it all added to the craziness of the whole show - and I love how it very obviously doesn't take itself too seriously. I'm really glad I got to see it, and am considering going again before it closes.

jamesatwill 178, 99 reviews, 5 helpful votes

‘Bat out of Hell’ is a definite must for Meat Loaf fans. At 3 hours long, it’s a bit of a marathon on his songs and they are sung ... More

joc78 5"4, 249 reviews, 4 helpful votes

‘Bat out of Hell’ is a definite must for Meat Loaf fans. At 3 hours long, it’s a bit of a marathon on his songs and they are sung with plenty of gusto, passion and exuberance. For me however, the stand out aspect of this show was the incredible set design and it’s probably worth seeing for that alone. I have to say the acting felt rather flat and there were some ridiculous cheesy clichés throughout. It was also very thin on a plotline, however the classing rock power ballads more then made up for it. The majority of the audience were obviously Meat Loaf fans who felt they were at a Meat Loaf gig by singing and clapping to songs. There were a lot of empty seats up in the balcony but it is still in preview so hopefully those seats will start to fill once the reviews come out.

joc78 5"4, 249 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Absolutely phenomenal. Jim Steinman's music is given the theatrical treatment it deserves, and the result is an absolutely bonkers... More

jgblunners 6'2", 119 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Absolutely phenomenal. Jim Steinman's music is given the theatrical treatment it deserves, and the result is an absolutely bonkers show which is filled with theatrical delight. The music is, of course, outstanding, and each cast member delivers the vocals to the best possible standard - it's impossible to single anyone out when they are all so remarkable. What this show lacks in plot it makes up for in visual spectacle, with plenty of effects and manic choreography filling the stage, coupled with a fantastic design which makes great use of the massive space available.

jgblunners 6'2", 119 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Honestly one of the most ridiculous and bizarre shows I've ever seen, but in the best way possible! The storyline was ludicrous, a... More

AlexPhillips 171cm, 48 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Honestly one of the most ridiculous and bizarre shows I've ever seen, but in the best way possible! The storyline was ludicrous, and very little is actually explained - it's as though the producers threw in a load of Meat Loaf songs they loved and knew they couldn't string them together in a cohesive manner - but the thing is you don't actually care. The staging, lighting, extra effects, and the music, singing, energy and talent on stage make this one of the most entertaining nights in London! Don't try to understand the story - you'll never succeed; just sit back and rock out to the fabulous insanity on stage.

AlexPhillips 171cm, 48 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I saw this when it premiered in Manchester and was absolutely blown away - this time was no different. I'm a big Meat Loaf fan, bu... More

gdeacon95 6'1, 67 reviews, 7 helpful votes

I saw this when it premiered in Manchester and was absolutely blown away - this time was no different. I'm a big Meat Loaf fan, but even as a theatre fan this is a spectacular production. The work gone into the set, lighting, projections, sound design is exemplary, never-minding the extraordinary talent of the cast and band, and the effective staging/choreo. This is one of the only shows I can recall where I would rate every aspect of the production 5*.

gdeacon95 6'1, 67 reviews, 7 helpful votes

The show itself was quite good. I really enjoyed the dancing and the music, and the set was absolutely exquisite. The only thing I... More

landoflola 5"6, 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show itself was quite good. I really enjoyed the dancing and the music, and the set was absolutely exquisite. The only thing I wasn't a huge fan of was the storyline, as it felt A LOT like We Will Rock You meets Romeo and Juliet - it was a little bit TOO similar, and while it wasn't bad, I'd have liked to have seen something a little bit more out there and different. The lighting, costume, set and dancing were enough alone to make it enjoyable though. Overall, it was a really good show and I'd probably see it again.

landoflola 5"6, 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I had read mix reviews of the show with people saying you will love it or hate it. However these reviews should be ignored the sho... More

solloredo 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I had read mix reviews of the show with people saying you will love it or hate it. However these reviews should be ignored the show was amazing (and I am not a Meat Loaf fan). The story line was a little bit poor however this was made up by the set and the music. The lead actor was amazing. Strongly recommend seeing show before it closes.

solloredo 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Surprisingly enjoyable show. Hearing Meatloaf's songs in a musical theatre setting really worked in the context of the show, espec... More

Funthing29 5"1, 163 reviews, 12 helpful votes

Surprisingly enjoyable show. Hearing Meatloaf's songs in a musical theatre setting really worked in the context of the show, especially in the ensemble numbers. The show is rather loud though, more so than the average West End musical. The story does require a few leaps of imagination but the performances were strong and had moments of humour. It was also fun hearing recognisable songs. Some of the audience certainly thought so, as they were singing along and dancing!

Funthing29 5"1, 163 reviews, 12 helpful votes