REVIEW: Bat Out of Hell ★★★★★ – Dominion Theatre

“…we’d love it to stay…well, till the end of time!”


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Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell is set in what was formerly Manhattan and is now Obsidian where a power struggle rages between tyrannical ruler, Falco, and a riotous, eternally young and reckless gang, The Lost; in the midst of which, there is a love story brewing between Falco’s daughter, Raven, and leader of the Lost, Strat, whose danger and wildness appeals to all Raven’s desires to break free from her captivity.

The musical made its world premiere in Manchester before opening at the West End’s London Coliseum. Following a sold-out run in London and Toronto, Bat Out of Hell is back with a blast at the Dominion Theatre where we’d love it to stay…well, till the end of time!

The introduction of ‘Love and Death and the American Guitar’ is more than fitting since it conjures images of Fender guitars, violence, blood, Harley motorbikes, rock ‘n’ rolls dreams and damnation, giving the audience a tempting teaser of what’s to come.

The cast of this musical are simply faultless. On display is a plethora of talent incorporating so many powerful, distinctive voices which all shine separately and together throughout the musical. Christina Bennington (Sweeney Todd, Show Boat, Oklahoma!), Sharon Sexton (Billy Elliot, The Commitments, Copacabana), Danielle Steers (Beautiful, The Bodyguard, We Will Rock You), Simon Gordon ((Moulin Rouge!, Julius Caesar, Jimmy Mac) who performed in place of leading man, Andrew Polec), Rob Fowler (Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, We Will Rock You), Giovanni Spano (Guys and Dolls, Dance ‘Til Dawn, The Who’s Tommy) and Wayne Robinson (Save the Last Dance for Me, Kiss Me Kate, Thriller Live) are just a few standout cast members who are backed up by an outstanding ensemble.

This abundant torrent of talent performs the score of eighteen classic songs (which are drawn predominantly from the Meat Loaf albums Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell) and two new songs written for this musical to perfection and fulfil Steinman’s forty-year ambition to see Bat Out of Hell released as a musical.

Bat Out of Hell serves as a masterclass of perfect casting, choreography, set and lighting design and catapults Jim Steinman’s rock ‘n’ roll creation into an epic explosion of debauchery, decadence and splendour.

Bat Out of Hell is showing at the Dominion Theatre and it is currently booking until 27th October 2018 (to book tickets, click here). For more information on your visit to the Dominion, read our guide.