A world arena tour of We Will Rock You will kick off in early 2013, while the run at London’s Dominion Theatre continues. The world tour will see the show visit arenas in Finland, Denmark, Holland, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Turkey, Bulgaria and the UK and Ireland in 2013. Further dates in Japan, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia will be announced shortly.
The multi million pound production will be heading to the Nottingham Trent Arena for it’s first stop in the UK on 27th March 2013 and on to Dublin on 4th April, before rocking around Europe and returning to the UK in May and June for dates at the Sheffield Motor Point Arena, the newly developed Leeds Arena, the Belfast Odyssey and the Newcastle Metro Arena. UK and Dublin tickets go on sale in Autumn 2012.
On announcing the Arena tour, Queen’s Brian May said: “After our first 10 years in Rock Theatricality, this is the next giant step for WWRY - and the show will feature a brand new arena-size design - a big night out for all!”
The last WWRY UK tour visited six cities across 13 months. The tour sold over half a million tickets, setting and smashing box office records and was crowned the UK’s favourite show at the prestigious Olivier awards. The London production of the show has just celebrated its 10th birthday and it is the longest running musical ever staged at the West End’s Dominion Theatre, booking until October 2012. The show has thrilled over seven million people in the UK, and close on 15 million people in 17 countries worldwide.
The production is directed by Ben Elton, with Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor as music supervisors, Arlene Phillips oversees the musical staging and choreography.
“This show is all about legend,” says Ben Elton. “We take the legend of Queen and create our own fantastical story of young kids battling the might corporations who want to suppress their individuality and their love of music. They need a hero who can help them in their struggle, and we have two – the dreamer Galileo and the sassy rock chick, Scaramouche. Guess who ends up winning?”
Brian May adds: “The amazing bonus is that Ben's script subtly works as a metaphor too. People definitely come out of the theatre feeling that in a strange way they now know us, Queen, and our struggle, our journey.”
Producer Phil McIntyre said: “We are looking forward to taking this true Rock Theatrical out on the road again. We had standing ovations night after night around the UK last time and we can’t wait to see that happen again.”
DATES ANNOUNCED SO FAR
27 - 30 March Nottingham Trent FM Arena - 0844 412 4624
(Wednesday 27th at 7.30pm, Thursday 28th at 7.30pm, Friday 29th at 7.30pm, Saturday 30th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)
4 – 6 April - Dublin 02 Arena - 0818 719 377
(Thursday 4th at 7.30pm, Friday 5th at 7.30pm, Saturday 6th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)
30 May – 2 June Sheffield Motorpoint Arena - 0114 256 5656
(Thursday 30th at 7.30pm, Friday 31st at 7.30pm, Saturday 1st at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 2.30pm)
5 – 9 June Leeds Arena Phone No TBC
(Wednesday 5th at 7.30pm, Thursday 6th at 7.30pm, Friday 7th at 7.30pm, Saturday 8th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 9th at 2.30pm)
12 – 15 June Belfast Odyssey Arena - 028 9073 9074
(Wednesday 12th at 7.30pm, Thursday 13th at 7.30pm, Friday 14th at 7.30pm, Saturday 15th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)
18 – 22 June Newcastle Metro Arena - 0844 493 6666
(Tuesday 18th at 7.30pm, Wednesday 19th at 7.30pm, Thursday 20th at 7.30pm, Friday 21 June at 7.30pm, Saturday 22nd at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)
The cast has not yet been announced and is unlikely to be announced until towards the end of the year. I would love to see Mazz Murray back as Killer Queen. She owns that role. On Twitter there has been a lot of demand for Sabrina Aloueche to play Scaramouche. She has completed two very popular runs as Scarmouche on the West End. Listening to her belting out Somebody To Love in an arena would be incredible.
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