We Will Rock You

Previewed 26 April 2002, Opened 14 May 2002, Closed 31 May 2014 at the Dominion Theatre in London

The QUEEN musical We Will Rock You in London - must close 31 May 2014.

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. "Is this the real life? Is it just fantasy?".... 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.

"We Will Rock You, at the Dominion Theatre, is big and noisy. Given that it is built around the music of the rock group Queen, whose Bohemian Rhapsody was recently voted the best pop song ever, it is also unignorable. At the same time it is a full-blown musical, not just a compilation, and half its interest lies in the story and script that have been devised for it by Ben Elton... The songs are there for those who enjoy them, the main performances have plenty of verve, and the video images that serve as a backdrop are slick and colourful." The Sunday Telegraph

"Just days after Queen's wonderfully operatic and eccentric rock anthem Bohemian Rhapsody was voted the nation's favourite single comes We Will Rock You, the 7.5 million musical based on the band's work. Its producer, Robert De Niro, couldn't have wished for better timing. Alas, he needs much more than that to ensure the success of this dire, dull show easily summed up in two words: rock bottom. Mamma Mia! created a formula which looked as easy as Cluedo: write a plot, never mind how preposterous, which can trigger a list of great hits. But Mamma Mia! has wit, heart, humour and its tongue tucked in its cheek. Ben Elton's script for We Will Rock You has none of these vital signs of dramatic life. The man wrote Blackadder so we know he can be funny, if nothing else, and yet this lamentable narrative is not merely embarrassingly feeble, it is witless... Perhaps the most woeful aspect is the total betrayal of the camp, theatrical spirit of Freddie Mercury and Queen. It was always going to be a challenge because the band's lush rock anthems and mad, meaningless lyrics lend themselves neither to a comprehensible narrative nor to being choreographed. Which just leaves the plasma screens, flashy pyrotechnics and some young performers with great voices wasting their time. Freddie would have been in the pub long before the interval." The Mail on Sunday

We Will Rock You in London at the Dominion Theatre previewed from 26 April 2002, opened on 14 May 2002 and closed on 31 May 2014.