Aisha Jawando will take over the title role in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical from October, as current star Nkeki Obi-Melekwe moves to the Broadway production.
Jawando has performed in the musical since its premiere in London in April 2018, originally playing Alline Bullock – Turner’s sister – in the show.
She has subsequently played the part of Tina for some performances but will take over the role full time from October 8.
Jawando said: “I have loved being part of this show from the very beginning, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play this exceptional role. Tina Turner is such an inspirational woman and I hope that I continue to make her proud.”
Ashley Zhangazha will continue as Ike Turner, with Madeline Appiah as Turner’s mother Zelma. Tsemaye Bob-Egbe will play the role of Tina at some performances each week.
The show’s current lead performer, Obi-Melekwe, will join the Broadway cast when the show opens there later this year. She will play Tina at certain performances alongside Adrienne Warren, who originated the role in the West End and has already been confirmed to lead the Broadway company.
Tina, running at the Aldwych Theatre, is written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, and is directed by Phyllida Lloyd.
It is produced in the West End by Stage Entertainment, Joop van den Ende and Tali Pelman, in association with Tina Turner.
A German production of the show is already running in Hamburg, and the Broadway staging opens on October 12 at the Luft-Fontane Theatre.