We Will Rock You To Close In London After 12 Year Run
Things are about to get a whole lot quieter in London as one of the longest running musicals in West End history has officially set a closing date. While jukebox musicals are something many theatre goers are used to, this is one like no other for an artists that is one of a kind. Queen, the legendary artist who brought us hits such as “We Will Rock You”, “We Are The Champions”, “Another One Bites The Dust” and “Somebody To Love” just to name a few, has had a stellar show using his very own music rocking the West End for over a decade now. However, like most show business, the producers have announced that We Will Rock You must say goodbye to its home. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that We Will Rock You will close in London’s West End after a historic 12 year run!
We Will Rock You is a musical that uses the music and lyrics of Queen to tell the story of teenage rebels who are currently in the year 2302. Together, they all seek the Holy Axe and Lost Riff in a world that has left real music to it’s past.
Producers of We Will Rock You announced that after 12 years on London’s West End, the show would close later this spring on May 31st, 2014 at The Dominion Theatre. The show began performances in London on May 14th, 2002 at The Dominion and has been running there since. Despite mostly negative reviews from critics, the show quickly became a crowd favorite among locals and tourists. The show won the Olivier Audience Award for Most Popular Show in both 2010 and 2011. The original West End production was directed by Christopher Renshaw and choreographed by Arlene Phillips.
When it closes, the show will have played 4,600 times and will rank among the Top 10 longest running musicals of all time in London. The show is also the longest running production ever at The Dominion Theatre surpassing the previous record holder, Grease. The length of the show’s run is not only notable due to the number of years it played but also the fact that the Dominion Theatre has 2,163 seats, making it one of the largest in the West End. Since the original London production, two national tours have made their way across the United Kingdom.The show has been performed in over 28 countries around the world and seen by 16 million people.
In a statement made to the press, We Will Rock You‘s co-creators Brian May, Roger Taylor and Ben Elton said;
“We want to thank every one of the many 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 thousand standing ovations!”
The Dominion Theatre’s general manager, David Pearson, also released a statement to the press regarding We Will Rock You’s decision to close.
“It has been a privilege to have hosted We Will Rock You for the past 12 years. To have the show rocking the Dominion and seeing a standing ovation night after night has been quite amazing. We wish the show every success for the future, as we now prepare to accelerate our restoration and refurbishment programme ready to welcome an exciting new production in 2015.”
I’m so sad to hear about the closing of this mega hit in London’s West End! We Will Rock You has proudly made its name as a theatrical force to be reckoned with not only in London but worldwide. The production has been seen by millions of theatre goers world-wide and has set records in London. I couldn’t be happier the show did this also opening to mostly negative reviews in London. It’s always nice to see a show beat the odds. There was chat for a very long time about this potentially transferring to the United States on Broadway. While currently there is a national tour making its way around the United States, I would definitely still love to see this production come to New York sometime in the near future. While jukebox musicals are something to yawn at now-a-days, I feel like one involving the music and lyrics of Queen is something epic enough we can all agree to experience.
Run now to the Dominion Theatre in London’s West End before you can rock now more! We Will Rock You must end on May 31st, 2014! The theatre will begin to restore itself and prepare for a new production in 2015 once this has happened so an extension is not likely. Don’t miss it while you can! For more information, visit We Will Rock You’s Official UK Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!