We Will Rock You Adds Extra Matinee & Hikes PriceDate: 28 January 2003
Queen musical We Will Rock You has added an additional matinee performance to its monthly schedule. From 26 February 2003, there will be an extra performance held at the West End's Dominion Theatre on the last Wednesday of every month at 2.30pm.
The musical currently has no midweek matinee. Shortly after opening to damning reviews on 14 May 2002 (previews from 22 April), it's Friday afternoon performances were pulled (see News, 23 May 2002). Despite its shaky start, the show has defied the critics to become the year's biggest blockbuster, nominated for five Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards, including Best New Musical.
Prices for the new performance will be set at midweek rates, ranging from £22.50 to £40. At the same time, prices for weekend performances have been hiked up to £45 for top-price seats on Fridays and Saturday matinees and a full £50 (or £54.25 with booking fee) on Saturday evenings, the most popular night of the week.
Set in the future, We Will Rock You tells the story of a world in which globalisation has meant the death of real music in favour of computer-produced cyber stars, a status quo which the rebel Bohemians, harking back to the Golden Age of rock (embodied by Queen), are trying to overthrow so that they can write and perform their own music.
We Will Rock You stars Tony Vincent and Hannah Jane Fox, as rebel lovers Galileo and Scaramouche, with Sharon D Clarke as the evil Killer Queen, Clive Carter as her lackey Kashoggi and Nigel Planer as a hippy librarian. The production is directed by Christopher Renshaw and choreographed by Arlene Phillips, with costumes by Tim Goodchild, sound by Bobby Aitken and music supervision by Mike Dixon.
The musical's star attraction, particularly for the hordes of Queen fans, is the score packing in more than 30 of the band's greatest hits including "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "Under Pressure", "Radio Gaga" and, of course, "We Will Rock You". The production is currently booking in the West End through June 2003.
- by Terri Paddock