We Will Rock You, the musical theatre show which pays tribute to Queen’s greatest hits, is on its way to Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena, May 30 to June 2.
We have a family ticket for four to be won to this spectacular jukebox-hits show.
For the past 10-years the Ben Elton and Queen musical has played London’s West End and theatres around the globe.
Now the show is on its first ever world arena tour.
The story is set in the future, where musical instruments are banned. But there’s an uprising, led by Galileo and Scaramouche.
The production is directed by writer Ben Elton, who has fashioned a hilarious futuristic comedy around more than 24 of Queen’s biggest hit songs, delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked Queen’s live performances.
Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor are music supervisors, while Arlene Phillips oversees the musical staging and choreography.
Elton says: “This show is all about legend, 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?”
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.”
Kevin Kennedy, best known for his role as ‘Curly’ Watts in Coronation Street, will reprise the role of ‘Pop’, a librarian who is stuck in his ‘hippie’ past and is searching to find answers to the end of rock music.
Brenda Edwards who rose to fame in ITV1’s talent show ‘The X Factor’ will again play the domineering role of ‘Killer Queen’, Head of Globalsoft, the corporation responsible for the banning of all instruments and musical originality.
Kennedy and Edwards are currently starring in the West End production at the Dominion Theatre and will join the UK leg of the world tour to perform in Sheffield and Newcastle.
They will be joined by MiG Ayesa (Rock of Ages, Thriller Live) who will be reprising the role of ‘Galileo’ after successful international and West End runs since 2005 and Lucie Jones, who shot to fame as an X Factor finalist in 2009 and went on to perform in Les Miserables will perform the role of Meat.
Speaking about the tour, Kennedy said: “I’m so excited to return to the We Will Rock You Tour, especially to be a part of the first ever Arena Tour, rocking out to thousands of fans every night. It’s going to be huge!”
Edwards is equally thrilled: “I love performing as Killer Queen and can’t wait to take We Will Rock You back on the road!”
Lauren Samuels will return to the role of Scaramouche after her run at the Dominion in 2011/2012. Khashoggi will be played by Sean Kingsley who has appeared in Les Miserables, Cats, and Billy Elliot.
With 24 of Queen’s biggest hits delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the bands’ legendary live performances, this will be one of the most spectacular musicals to tour the world.
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.
Tickets for Sheffield Motorpoint Arena - May 30 to June 2, 2013 - are from £22.50, may be subject to a booking fee. Buy in person, call 0114 256 5656 or visit www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk or www.arenaticketshop.co.uk.
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