We Will Rock You

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

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.

The original cast featured Nigel Planer as 'Pop', Tony Vincent as 'Galileo', Alexander Hanson as 'Khashoggi', Hannah Jane Fox as 'Scaramouche', Sharon D Clarke as 'Killer Queen', Kerry Ellis as 'Meat' and Nigel Clauzel as 'Britney'.

Directed by Christopher Renshaw with choreography by Arlene Phillips, sets by Mark Fisher, video by Mark Fisher and Willie Williams, costumes by Tim Goodchild, lighting by Willie Williams, and sound by Bobby Aitken.

"Pantomime has arrived a little early in the West End, in the shape of this shallow, stupid and totally vacuous new musical. Well, it is about Queen, after all, whose songs embodied the cheap end of the glam rock market... The post-rock, post-globalisation universe is ruled by the Killer Queen and her Ian Fleming-type henchman, Khashoggi, a name that has dubious, even racist, overtones of Third World authority... Against their threatening background of homogenised telecasts and the landslide of marketing, young Galileo and his punkish girlfriend Scaramouche fight to restore real music across the seven seas of Rye... As an excuse for a musical, this is a disastrous runner-up to Mamma Mia!, which wittily and outrageously linked some kind of human interest story to a catalogue of getup-and-get-happy unpretentious pop songs. This is a trial, by comparison." The Daily Mail

The big question for this extraordinarily splashy spectacular is simple: How long before they run out of Queen fans? If you don't like Freddie Mercury's brand of melodramatic camp - you're going to hate We Will Rock You with a passion... It is the year 2300 and real music has been banned. The world - wittily renamed Planet Mall - is full of brain-dead kids who listen to cyber pop on Radio GaGa. Sounds familiar!... But the show is all performed with vigour and the band are nothing short of sensational in recreating Queen's distinct style... Best moment of the evening was the fabulous rendition of It's A Kind Of Magic by Sharon D Clarke and Alexandrer Hanson, for me the only real stars of this money spinning exercise. But as for most of the rest: it was a kind of tragic." The Daily Mirror

"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 whole saga isn't just half-baked. However jokey it may be, there is also something oppressive about its elevation of rock and roll above everything else in the universe, and the show itself is self-contradictory: it celebrates individualism with all the manipulative rah-rah-rah of a mass rally. 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

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.