We Will Rock You
We Will Rock You performing at the Dominion Theatre
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Type of production: Musical
Opened: 14 May 2002
Booking until: 31 May 2014
Running time: 2 Hours 30 Mins
Prices: £45.00 - £88.00
Author / playwright: Ben Elton
Director: Christopher Renshaw
Music by: Queen
A new musical by QUEEN and Author Ben Elton, featuring over 30 Queen songs. Directed by Christopher Renshaw, with choregraphy by Arlene Phillips and designs by Mark Fisher and Willie Williams.

The time is the future, in a place that was once called Earth. Globalisation is complete. Everywhere, the kids watch the same movies, wear the same fashions and think the same thoughts. It's a safe, happy, Ga Ga World. "Unless you're a rebel. Unless you want to Rock" On Planet Mall Rock'n'Roll has been banned for centuries. All musical instruments are banned. The materials from which instruments were once made are banned. There is no wood, no steel or gut for strings, no skin for drums, these things are long forgotten. The Company Computers generate the tunes and the kids download then. Nothing is left to chance in the pursuit of profit, hits are scheduled year's in advance. Dance moves are rigidly imposed. "Is this the real life? Is it just fantasy?" It is the age of Boy Bands and Girl Bands. Of Boy and Girl Bands. Of Girl Bands with a couple of boys in them that look like girls anyway. Or Andro Bands, groups of software created sexless cyber stars. All processed. All manufactured. Dancing in the Ether and lulling the kids into a steep that has lasted for centuries. "Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality" But resistance is growing. Underneath the gleaming cities, down in the lower depths live the Bohemians. Rebels believe that there was once a Golden Age when kids formed their own bands and wrote their own songs. The Bohemians dream that one day these lost chores will be heard once more. They call this his day, The Rhapsody. "Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see" Legend persists that somewhere on Planet Mall instruments still exist. Somewhere, the mighty axe of a great and hairy guitar god lies buried deep in rock. Placed there in the golden age against a time when it would be needed to inspire the kids anew. The Bohemians need a hero to find this axe. A crazy rebel with a heart of solid rock who will draw the guitar from the stone and play the ancient anthems.

"He's just a poor boy. From a poor family" But the Bohemians must find this hero before the Company does. For if the Ga Ga Cops get him first they will surely drag him before the Killer Queen and consign him to oblivion across the Seven Sees Of Rhye. Where is this axe hero? Where is the Hairy One's lost axe? Where is the place of living rock?



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WE WILL ROCK YOU TO CLOSE (13 MARCH 2014)

We Will Rock You is to close in London, following a victorious twelve year reign on Tottenham Court Road in front of over 6.5 million people.

The smash hit Ben Elton musical, featuring many of Queen's most loved songs, will now take its rightful place in West End history, sitting proudly in the Top 10 longest running musicals of all time.

The show has now been performed in 28 countries around the globe, and has been seen by a more than 16 million people. It has consistently proved to be the people's choice of musical in the UK and overseas. In 2011, nine years after the curtain first went up, the show won the prestigious Olivier Audience Award, the only category voted for entirely by the public. The show went on to win a number of international awards for productions around the globe.

Co-creators Brian May, Roger Taylor and Ben Elton said: "We want to thank every one of the many hundreds of incredible musical theatre artists, musicians and crew with whom we've had the privilege of working at the Dominion since 2002. And of course the incredible audiences who have rewarded them with over four and a half thousand standing ovations!"

General Manager of the Dominion Theatre, David Pearson, commented: "It has been a privilege to have hosted We Will Rock You for the past 12 years. To have the show rocking the Dominion and seeing a standing ovation night after night has been quite amazing. We wish the show every success for the future, as we now prepare to accelerate our restoration and refurbishment programme ready to welcome an exciting new production in 2015."

We Will Rock You will close at the Dominion Theatre on 31 May.





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