They’ve got soul

Soul Sister at Hackney Empire'13/04/12'Emi Wokomo (Tina Turner), Chris Tummings (Ike Turner) and ensemble'Photo:  Marilyn Kingwill
Soul Sister at Hackney Empire'13/04/12'Emi Wokomo (Tina Turner), Chris Tummings (Ike Turner) and ensemble'Photo: Marilyn Kingwill

SIMPLY the best for the King’s Theatre this week, as west end production Soul Sister arrives in Glasgow.

For those of you who haven’t guessed it, the touring show is inspired by the life and music of Ike and Tina Turner.

All the hits are there, including What’s Love Got to Do With It, Proud Mary and River Deep Mountain High, as audiences follow the highs and lows of the showbiz couple from a blossoming career in the music business to a marriage in tatters.

One of the original — and some might argue, one of the best — divas, Tina Turner recently featured in a greatest singer of all time poll published by Rolling Stone magazine.

It’s a career which has spanned 50 years, 180 million single and album sales and nine Grammy awards — as well as the obligatory entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

But the names of Ike and Tina Turner have also become a well-known pop culture reference as a result of their tumultuous marriage, as detailed in Soul Sister.

Heading the cast for this soap-worthy storyline is Emi Wokoma, whose previous stage credits include Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, The Bacchae and Porgy and Bess, while the Ike to Emi’s Tina is seasoned stage star Chris Tummings.

Whether a long-time fan of the lady with the big voice, or just a sucker for a rise to fame story, it’s possible that Soul Sister will have you rolling on the river in the aisles of the King’s this week.

n Soul Sister runs January 14-19, with evening performances at 7.30pm, as well as Wed and Sat matinees at 2.30pm.

Tickets £10-£29.50 (plus booking fee) from 08448717648 or www.ambassadortickets.com/glasgow.