After spending 12 years enjoying London threatreland’s supremacy, We Will Rock You’s reign is soon to be concluded. The good news? – The lavish rock musical has been granted an extension meaning the West End will rock on that little bit longer…
We Will Rock You announces final extension in the West End
The smash hit Queen and Ben Elton musical first took to the Dominion Theatre’s stage in May 2002. Defying the critics, We Will Rock You was quickly met with an overwhelming response, pulling in crowds on a national and international scale. In its second year at the Dominion, the increasingly popular musical won five different accolades, including Best New Musical, at the Theatregoers Choice Awards.
Nine years after the show opened, buzz, excitement and admiration for the London production had far from simmered. On the contrary, We Will Rock You’s success and appreciation was as potent as ever. Its almost unrivalled longevity as one of the best musicals on the theatre circuit was highlighted by the fact in 2011 We Will Rock You won the sought-after Olivier Audience Award in a category voted entirely by the public.
The popularity and success of We Will Rock You was not confined to London. The show has reached international appeal and has now been performed in 28 different countries on five continents. It has performed to a global audience of more than 16 million people.
It its 12 record-breaking years at the Dominion Theatre, We Will Rock You has performed an incredible 4600 times. With the extension, the show will now close on 31 May 2014.
If you have yet to have had the privilege of witnessing this boundary-moving musical you may be intrigued of what all the fuss is. This flamboyant musical is based on the songs by Queen. Written by Ben Elton, the provocative tale tells the story of a group of Bohemians who are met with the challenge of restoring a free movement of fashion, thought and music in a culture where everyone thinks, dresses and does the same.
Speaking of the musical’s conclusion, co-creators Ben Elton, Brian May and Roger Taylor said:
“We want to thanks everyone of the may hundreds of incredible musical theatre artists, musicians and crew with whom we’ve had the privilege of working at the Dominion since 2002. And of course the incredible audiences who have rewarded them with over four and a half thousands standing ovations.”
We Will Rock You is now the longest standing show ever ran at the Dominion Theatre and not by a mere few months but by a whopping nine years. As well as making Dominion Theatre history, the extravagantly pulsating musical justifiably takes its place as being in the top ten longest running musicals of all time.
If you’ve yet to be part of West End theatre history, you’ve got until 31 May 2014 to do so. Tickets can still be picked up for this record-breaking musical here.