Bat Out Of Hell Musical At The New Theatre, Cardiff Review


Reviewed by Mrs_Taylor

What an incredible show! Bat out of Hell has won the Evening Standard Award for Best New Musical (which is an audience voted award) and I can see why!

The big ballads of Meatloaf with heartfelt lyrics and powerful voices combined with on set cinematography as well as dazzling lighting makes this a show not to be missed!

What I hadn’t realised before going to see this was that Jim Steinman had written the majority of songs with a rock ‘n’ roll musical in mind set to a modernised version of a piece of his earlier work named Dream Engine, and similarly to Peter Pan. The core of both works feature such as the group of young people frozen at 18 years being called ‘The Lost’, while one of the characters is named ‘Tink’. It also meant that the songs fit together a lot more coherently than some other musicals.

The show is set in a post-apocalyptic city where Strat (the leader of The Lost) has fallen in love with Raven, daughter of Falco, the tyrannical ruler of the city. Glenn Adamson as Strat was fantastic as the wild eyed hero and his vocals were perfect for the high energy performance of Bat out of Hell as well as the power ballad “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That). This was perfectly matched with Martha Kirby as Raven and the chemistry they brought to the stage was incredible.

Falco (played by Rob Fowler) and Sloane (played by Sharon Sexton) are mesmerising as Raven’s parents and stole the show with their renditions of “Who Needs the Young” and “What Part of my Body Hurts the Most”.

The rest of the cast were brilliant with some great costume changes and dance moves. I particularly loved their rendition of “Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are” and also the fantastic vocals of Joelle Moses (playing Zahara) and James Chisholm (playing Jagwire).

I was also really impressed with the set. Although most of the set was static the on stage cinematography with clever projection and screen work meant that the audience got the scale of the city and allowed for different scenes to take place in a variety of places easily. It also meant that no matter where you were in the audience you always had a clear view of what was going on.

I always wanted to go and see Meatloaf live. Unfortunately that won’t be possible any more but this musical definitely delivers that intensity and energy that you expect from his beloved ballads and if you love any of his songs then I highly recommend going to see this musical. The cast definitely deserved the standing ovation they received and I promise you will not be disappointed!

Rating: 5/5

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (inc. interval) starting at 7.30pm

At: New Theatre, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3LN

Ticket prices: £14 – £42 and may include a £3.65 transaction fee to your order

Tickets can be booked by visiting: or to see where else it is playing on their UK tour then go to

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