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We Will Rock You
The smash hit West End musical continues on the stage of the Dominion Theatre where it has clocked up record numbers since it opened in 2002. It is a truly blockbusting phenomenon, boasting more performances than any other show to appear at the 2,000+ seat theatre and in the final week of 2008 it saw more people pass through its doors than any other show for any other week for the whole year.
The show is “We Will Rock You”, the hit Queen musical from Ben Elton that features over 25 classic songs from Queen’s back catalogue and sports a truly original story of a future where music and freedom is banned.
The idea behind “We Will Rock You” was first discussed in the mid 1990s when Queen’s manager Jim Beach considered a musical production. By 2000 comedian and writer Ben Elton had been approached to pen the show, with collaborations from Roger Taylor and Brian May. The rest, as they say, is history.
The story of “We Will Rock You” sets it apart from various other musicals based on the hits of famous bands. Instead of chronicling the story of Queen, Elton has written a unique and bizarre story set in a dystopian future 300 years away. Globalisation is complete and Earth has been transformed by the authoritarian Globalsoft Corporation into Planet Mall where everyone must conform to strict orders. With the evil Killer Queen ruling all, every citizen must dress, think and act the same with freedom of musical expression strictly banned under her dictatorial control. Most adhere to this way of life, fearful of reprisals from the Company – if you step out of line then you will inevitably be brainwashed until you conform.
But not everyone goes along with this and with such an oppressive rule a rebellion is inevitable. Enter the Bohemians, a group of freedom fighters who believe in free thought and of course, freedom of music. Amongst the fighters are Galileo and Scaramouche, who prophesise a return to the Golden Age, a period in history they call the “Rhapsody”.
So they embark on an epic quest, alongside Pop and avoiding the watchful Ga Ga cops, hoping to find a guitar known as the “mighty axe of the Hairy One”. It will be a difficult journey and one that will pit them against the evil Killer Queen.
Along the way, the auditorium of the Dominion is treated to renditions of classic Queen songs such as “Another One Bites The Dust”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “I Want To Break Free”, “A Kind Of Magic”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Hammer To Fall”, “Radio Ga Ga”, “Who Wants To Live Forever”, “Play The Game”, “Under Pressure”, “Play The Game” and the title song itself “We Will Rock You”.
“We Will Rock You” continues to draw in the crowds and when the touring version appears in cities around the country it regularly attracts much hype to regional theatres. With a gripping story and some great songs it is no wonder and it is likely to continue way into the future. The Dominion Theatre must be thanking its lucky stars that of all the productions to appear on its stage, it had to be “We Will Rock You”.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 29th May 2014|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 31st May 2014|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2:30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7:30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours 45 minutes|
"What a fantastic show! The best I have ever seen. The cast are fantastic, the music is excellent...."