A musical interpretation of DUSTY SPRINGFIELD's colourful life is heading to the London stage next year (14).

The Son of a Preacher Man star's rise to fame will be documented in the new production, which is being put together by theatre mogul David Ian, the brains behind the West End version of The Bodyguard, and Vicki Wickham, who managed the late singer.

Broadcaster Sandi Toksvig has been brought on board to write the script.

Wickham tells Britain's Daily Mail, "Dusty was extraordinary. Yes, she could drive you mad - all divas do. But there's such a lovely side to her that should, and will, be told."

The show will feature the star's hit songs such as I Only Want To Be With You and Wishin' And Hopin' and is slated to hit the stage by autumn 2014.

The soul superstar lost her battle with cancer in 1999 aged 59.