DUSTY, the landmark new musical about pop icon Dusty Springfield, receives its world premiere at the Theatre Royal Bath next week.

Based on the authorised biography of Dusty Springfield, and with a fiercely funny and emotionally charged script from Jonathan Harvey, it stars Katherine Kingsley in what promises to be a career-defining performance.

Featuring many of Dusty Springfield’s blazingly soulful pop hits including I Only Want to Be with You, Son of a Preacher Man and You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, the play draws on the memories of her close friend, manager and authorised biographer Vicki Wickham, her lifelong personal assistant Pat Rhodes, and friend and record company executive Tris Penna.

London-born Dusty Springfield’s career started in the late 1950s. She soon became known across the world for her soulful voice and iconic look with hits spanning four decades. Dusty was recently voted one of the most influential women of the last 100 years in a poll by BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Her 1969 masterpiece Dusty in Memphis is considered one of the greatest albums of all time and Dusty has been inducted into both the US Rock and Roll and UK Music Halls of Fame.

Dusty is running at the Theatre Royal Bath from Saturday June 23 to Saturday July 7.

Tickets are £23-£39. To book, call 01225 448844 or visit theatreroyal.org.uk