Tony Blair is set to get his very own rock opera in London next year.
The former Prime Minister, 67, is the inspiration for a new production that will be staged at The Turbine Theatre in Battersea Power Station.
Comedian Harry Hill is reportedly on board to write song lyrics for the opera, with the inspiration being the story of Mr Blair’s life.
However, while it’s based on the life of the politician, it’s been said the story will instead play ‘fast and loose with the facts’.
Obviously Tony Blair will be the leading role, but fans will recognise a few other characters that pop over the course of the story including figures such as Mr Blair’s wife Cherie Blaire, Princess Diana and politicians John Prescott and Gordon Brown.
Mr Blair’s former spokesperson Alistair Campbell will also feature as a character, along with George Bush, Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.
The opera, titled Tony!, is part of the MTFestUK 2021 that will take place over three nights between February 4 and 6.
Other productions taking place during the festival include Far From Heaven Millennials and Cake and Daisy.
The Turbine Theatre’s artistic director of Paul Taylor-Mills said of the festival: ‘It’s impossible to ignore the challenges and sheer nerve required to make any kind of announcement during these times.
‘With all that in mind, I couldn’t be prouder to be associated with The Turbine Theatre and everything that it stands for, particularly with regard to investing in and generating new work.’
Taylor-Mills teased that the festival will be its ‘most diverse to date’ and will feature musical productions from first-time writers, as well as Tony and Olivier Award-winning artists.
It comes as theatres across the country have slowly started to reopen, following a tough year that saw many theatres close their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this month, Andrew Lloyd-Webber revealed plans for all his theatres to reopen at full capacity early next year, as the Covid-19 vaccine rolls out and audiences are able to return.
‘My theatres will be ready for [the audiences],’ Lloyd-Webber insisted, adding: ‘I am raring to go.’
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