It almost feels like we have had a personal connection to the development and continued transformation of the Bat Out of Hell Musical. Having our own theatre insider, we have been very privileged to share in the early days of a brand new musical from first rehearsals to world premiere. It has been a fascinating journey culminating in us taking a trip down to London in the summer to watch the London performance in its last week. Via our mole, who was one of the first people to see the Manchester performance whilst it was still in rehearsals, we have shared the journey of the show and been fascinated to discover what it takes to put on such a large scale production.
We first saw the show at the Opera House in Manchester during March 2017. Neither of us were over familiar with the music of Jim Steinman and Meatloaf, but by the time we left the auditorium we were both hooked. We have sat in the audience of many a musical production and enjoyed the performance, but never have we attended a theatrical show where the minute we left we couldn’t wait to see it again.
We now have all of the music (sadly it’s on 2 CD’s in show order - thanks Adam!) They have accompanied us on many a long journey during summer 2017 and we are now one of those annoying families who could probably loudly sing a long to the whole show!
The decision to attend the show in London was made for two reasons – one as it was in a much bigger venue and we were curious to see how this would impact the performance and secondly as we had heard that there had been some considerable changes.
We are very lucky to live within a 10 minute drive of the West Coast mainline so London is just a 2 hour, usually uneventful, train ride. Combined with the exceptionally good value tickets via our Two Together railcard it makes for a relatively cheap day out. We arrived late morning, took a leisurely lunch at our favourite American BBQ restaurant Bodeans, where we grabbed the last table (must remember next time to book!) and then attended the afternoon matinee. The show did not disappoint, the sun shone, our food was delicious and it was good to spend time with our city living son. London in a day can be tiring but there’s always time for a train nap on the way home!