It’s a story common to those at the top – at least if biographies are anything to go by. You start small, see a string of hits and then have it all taken away by the taint of fame.

The story of Dusty Springfield is no different in essence, but no-one else had quite the same ride.

Born Mary O’Brien, she entered the world of music as part of a folk duo with her brother and saw some limited success before being catapulted into the stratosphere of fame by going solo.

Achieving hit upon hit, she rubbed shoulders with the glitterati, the soul singers she so loved as a child. Personal problems first written off as ‘quirks’ soon began to take control of her life – alcoholism, a pathological guilt, substance abuse – she became toxic to herself as well as the people surrounding her.

Dusty takes this tale, fictionalising a few areas as necessary, but never forgetting to weave in the hits.

And what hits! Son of a Preacher Man, I Only Want to Be With You and What Have I Done to Deserve This are all staged with panache and cracking flair – the latter in particular makes quite the lasting impression. In what has to be the musical's standout rendition, backing dancers take to the stage in spangly cat suits, swirling multi-coloured, illuminated picture frames through a medley of shapes as 'Dusty' soulfully belts out the chart-topping earworm.

Katherine Kingsley throws her all into the musical biopic, displaying a true emotional range as the self-destructive yet indomitable singer – as well as a convincing set of pipes. Of the supporting cast Joanna Francis shines as Lois, the long-suffering lover with a few issues of her own.

Full of imagination, cheek and pizazz, this confident and polished new musical breathes new life into the songs of yesteryear. Not just for fans of the icon.