New casting for 'Tina – The Tina Turner Musical' in the West End

Karis Anderson will share the role of Tina with new cast member Zoe Birkett, while Olivier Award nominee Rolan Bell will join the musical as Ike Turner.

Olivia Rook
Olivia Rook

New principal cast members have been announced for Tina – The Tina Turner Musical in the West End. The new Tina and Ike will begin performances from 25 June.

Karis Anderson (Motown, All Or Nothing), who has been playing the role of Tina Turner since June 2023, will share the role with new cast member Zoe Birkett (The Witches, The Bodyguard, The Great British Bake Off Musical). Olivier Award nominee Rolan Bell (Memphis, The Play That Goes Wrong) will join the show to play Ike Turner.

Producer Tali Pelman said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Zoe and Rolan will be joining Karis to lead our company from 25th June. Having just celebrated our 6th birthday in the West End, we continue to be extremely proud of the whole company who tell Tina’s incredible story and blow the roof off the Aldwych Theatre 8 shows a week!”

Until 22 June, the show stars Karis Anderson and Elesha Paul Moses sharing the role of Tina and Okezie Morro as Ike Turner. The rest of the cast includes Mark Anderson as Record Producer Phil Spector and Lyricist Terry Britten, Jonathan Carlton as record company Marketing Manager Erwin Bach, Vanessa Dumatey as Tina’s sister Alline Bullock, Irene Myrtle Forrester as Tina’s Grandmother, GG, Earl Gregory as Tina’s father Richard Bullock, Harry Harrington as Tina’s Manager Roger Davies, Emma Hatton as Ike and Tina’s manager Rhonda Graam, Jairus McClanahan as Tina’s first love Raymond Hill, and Carole Stennett as Tina’s mother Zelma.

Ensemble members are Lauren Allan as Toni, Turrell Barrett-Wallace as Tina’s son Ronnie, Joey James as Tina’s son Craig, Zara MacIntosh as Lorraine and Thomas Sutcliffe as Carpenter, the Ikettes are played by Morgan Broome, Amara Campbell and Abiola Efunshile and swings are Richard Appiah-Sarpong, Jenna Bonner, Ana Cardoso, Junior Delius, Livvy Evans, Ewan Grant, Imogen Rose Hart, Llewellyn Jamal, Amy Punter, Ellie Seaton, and Samuel J Weir.

Set to the soundtrack of Tina Turner's most beloved hits, the musical follows her triumphant life story live on stage and has been running in the West End for six years, making it the longest running show ever to run at the Aldwych Theatre.

Further new cast members are to be announced.

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Photo credit: Rolan Bell, Zoe Birkett, and Karis Anderson in Tina — The Tina Turner Musical. (Photo by Dan Kennedy)

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