Bat Out of Hell to return to London in 2018
At the curtain call of the final show, it was announced the show would be returning to London next year. A venue has not been announced.
The musical previewed at the Manchester Opera House in March before transferring to the Coliseum for its world premiere and officially opening in June. The musical features Jim Steinman’s songs from Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell albums, as well as a book by Steinman.
Bat Out of Hell is the dystopian story of Strat and The Lost, a group of teenagers who don’t age beyond 18 years old. Strat falls for Raven, the daughter of the most powerful man in post-apocalyptic Obsidian. It features the well-known Meat Loaf songs “I’d Do Anything For Love”, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”, “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and the title track “Bat Out of Hell”.
The musical stars Andrew Polec as Strat, Christina Bennington as Raven, Rob Fowler as Falco and Sharon Sexton as Sloane. It is directed by Jay Scheib, with choreography by Emma Portner and set designs by Jon Bausor.
Clips have been posted on social media of the cast in the recording studio producing the original cast recording, of which details are expected to be announced shortly, and the show transfers across the pond to the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto in October for an eight-week run.
In his review for LondonTheatre.co.uk, Mark Shenton said the show was a "rock gig hybrid, full of spectacular sets and set pieces, flashing lights and actual fire".