Arlene Phillips and Oti Mabuse team up for Cher Show UK tour

Creative Team for The Cher Show; Oti Mabuse, Arlene Phillips and Gabriella Slade (Credit: Oliver Rosser)

A brand new stage production of the biopic musical, which makes its European premiere next year, will play two week-long runs in the West Midlands during 2022.

The Broadway spectacular will visit Birmingham Hippodrome during August, with customers invited to join their mailing list to be notified when tickets are available

Wolverhampton Grand theatre will play host in October, with tickets on sale to Friends of the Grand and members from 8am on Monday 24 May and public booking opening at 8am on Wednesday 26 May at

The show will be directed by Arlene Phillips (Saturday Night Fever, Starlight Express, Grease) and choreographed by two-time Strictly Come Dancing champion, Oti Mabuse, both of whom are excited to get started. Arlene said:

“I've been a fan of Cher since I first heard I Got You Babe in the mid-sixties and can't wait to direct her musical. I love stories about strong inspirational legends and I'm proud to be joined in the creative team by two women who have already made a huge impact in their careers; Oti as choreographer of the many different genres in the show and Gabriella Slade for the iconic costume designs.

"This exciting show will be a non-stop journey of Cher’s rollercoaster life, bringing to the audience Cher’s iconic songs, glorious dance numbers, unique costumes and her epic drama. All they need to do is come along and Believe.”

From a young child with big dreams, the shy daughter of an Armenian American truck driver, to the dizzying heights of global stardom, The Cher Show tells the incredible story of Cher’s meteoric rise to fame. Cher takes the audience by the hand and introduces them to the influential people in her life, from her mother and Sonny Bono, to fashion designer and costumier Bob Mackie.  

It shows how she battled the men who underestimated her, fought the conventions and, above all, was a trailblazer for independence. Oti added:

“I can't wait for audiences to see what we’re doing with the show. Cher’s music covers so many styles, genres and rhythms, which makes it so exciting to choreograph.

"Every song in the show is a hit and we are going full out with exciting routines and movement. It’s going to be a party! Cher has been such an inspiration to so many people and this musical is going to be a celebration of everything people love about her.”

The musical is packed with 35 of her biggest hits, including Turn Back Time, I Got You Babe, Strong Enough, The Shoop Shoop Song and Believe

With over 100 million record sales, an Academy Award, an Emmy, a Grammy and three Golden Globes, Cher has influenced popular culture more than most. Her on-screen career started in 1971 with her weekly television show that attracted 30 million viewers a week and went on to include starring roles in iconic films from Moonstruck (for which she won the Oscar for Best Actress) to Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! 

Her Farewell Tour became the highest grossing music tour in history and, in true Cher fashion, she followed up her Farewell Tour with two further sell-out, worldwide arena tours. She is the only artist in history to have a number one hit in the Billboard chart for six consecutive decades, causing many to dub her as the 'Queen of Reinvention'. 

The Cher Show UK and Ireland tour will have lighting design by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Dan Samson.


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