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Bat Out of Hell roars into Cardiff

The spectacular award-winning Meat Loaf-inspired musical Bat Out of Hell roared into Cardiff last night (Tuesday 27 September) to a rapturous reception at the New Theatre.

The sensational rock opera has wowed audiences around the world and won the Evening Standard Award for Best New Musical in the West End.

Bringing to life the legendary anthems of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf, this breathtaking show combines the magic and excitement of a musical with the energy of rock ‘n’ roll, complete with sensational live band under musical director Iestyn Griffiths.

The story follows Strat (brilliantly played by Glenn Adamson), the forever-young leader of rebellious gang ‘The Lost’ – yes, there are echoes of The Lost Boys movie based on the characters from Peter Pan.

Life becomes complicated in a Romeo and Juliet way, when Strat falls in love with Raven (Martha Kirby), the beautiful daughter of Falco (Rob Fowler), the tyrannical ruler of Obsidian, and his wife, Sloane (Sharon Sexton).

The cast were all outstanding, with special mentions for Killian Thomas Lefevre, Joelle Moses, and James Chisolm as leading members of ‘The Lost’ gang.

This high-octane show thunders through powerhouse hits including I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), Paradise By The Dashboard Light, Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, Dead Ringer For Love, and Bat Out of Hell (sensationally performed by Glenn Adamson), in an exciting over-the-top theatrical spectacle.

Jon Bausor’s deceptively sophisticated set design enabled multiple scenes to take place at once, some of the them cleverly ‘filmed’ and projected onto the scenery.

The tour is dedicated to the memory of Jim Steinman (November 1, 1947 – April 19, 2021) and Meat Loaf (September 27, 1947 [it would have been his 75th birthday last night]- January 20 , 2022).

Directed by Jay Scheib, Bat Out Of Hell plays The New Theatre until Saturday (1st October). All shows are currently sold out, but it’s worth checking with the box office on 0343 310 0041 or online here in case some tickets become available.

Review by Ruth Simons

Photo: Glenn Adamson, Martha Kirby and the cast. Photo by Chris Davis

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