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London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES
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Opened: 05 Jun 2017
Booking from: 21 Aug 2017
Booking until: 22 Aug 2017
Duration: TBC
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  • andysadler 5'9" male 5 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical, 15th July 2017
    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.
    The legroom is quite tight (unless you are fairly slim and a "shorty" in which case they are ok) and the view, as made clear when booking, is SLIGHTLY obscured by the safety rail, which from this angle, runs horizontally directly across the middle of the stage. Anything happening to the back of the stage can be seen easily, anything to the front can be seen if you lean slightly forward and look underneath the bar. Anything in the middle of the stage is temporarily obscured until the actors move elsewhere. Fortunately, as part of the show, a lot of the scenes are simultaneously transmitted onto a big screen at the back of the stage so you don't actually miss much of the action. For what these seats cost (£16.50 Including the restoration levy) its no real hardship.
    B23 Balcony - London Coliseum - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Balcony B23
  • jamesatwill 178 male 58 reviews 1 helpful vote
    80% total rating Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical, 5th July 2017
    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.
    Sat in Stalls N8
    Absolutely perfect seat - pretty central view, and as the stage is so huge you don't want to be TOO close otherwise it's hard to see everything that's going on - so I thought this seat was the perfect distance away. Even though this is towards the back of the stalls, there is no overhang from the first circle above you, so that doesn't cut off any of your view. The legroom was good and the seat was comfortable. I would sit here again.
    N8 Stalls - London Coliseum - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls N8
  • AlexPhillips 171cm or 5'7" male 35 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical, 19th July 2017
    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.
    The stage was mostly in plain view, with only some spots on stage blocked by the heads in front. I think it's worse if the people in row A lean forward. Most of the action happens towards the centre of back of stage, so very little action is missed at the very front. The seats are pretty comfortable, but the legroom is fairly tight.
    C29 Upper Circle - London Coliseum - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Upper Circle C29
  • solloredo 6 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical, 5th August 2017
    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.
    I got a cheap day ticket from the ticket booth in Leicester Sq and was offered this seat in the Dress Circle. Was so happy with this seat. The seat is slightly off the centre, the overhang of the floor above is in view, however this does not affect the viewing of the show (with no restrictions caused). You can see every in detail and facial expressions can been seen. Seats are at a very good level so your view is not blocked by the people sitting in front of you. Seat was comfortable with enough legroom. Very nice theatre. I had a big shopping bag with me and I was directed by a member of staff to the cloakroom where I could drop it off free of charge!
    G42 Dress Circle - London Coliseum - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle G42
BAT OUT OF HELL - THE MUSICAL SEATING PLAN
The Stalls at the London Coliseum tend to give good views of the huge stage. The front rows can leave you looking up a lot, however can offer good prices. The very back of the stalls can also be affected by the overhang from the Circle.

The Dress Circle also gives good views of the stage, however there is a deep curve, meaning ends of the rows can be give a very sideways view of the stage. The rear rows similarly suffer from a overhang from bottom of the Upper Circle. The Upper Circle itself has a similar layout, although does begin to feel a bit distant. The Balcony increases this feeling and tends to give very downwards sight lines, however can offer some of the cheapest seats in the house.
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STORY
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.
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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
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