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We Will Rock You rocks across Scotland

28/04/2010

QUEEN AND BEN ELTON'S "WE WILL ROCK YOU" ANNOUNCES SECOND UK TOUR

UK Tour to kick off again in late 2010, while the record-breaking run at London’s Dominion Theatre continues

Following the huge success of the 2009 regional tour of the smash hit Queen and Ben Elton musical, ‘”We Will Rock You” comes the announcement that the show will return to the road in 2010.

The production will be rocking across Scotland, visiting Glasgow from 18th January to 19th February 2011, Aberdeen from 8th June to 2nd July 2011 and Edinburgh from 29th November 2011 to 7th January 2012.

The production is returning to Edinburgh with an impressive legacy after it sold out its 10 week run at the theatre, as well as shattering the box office sales records by grossing more than £400,000 in one week, which broke all records for any production at the Playhouse Theatre since the millennium. The show will be visiting Glasgow and Aberdeen for the first time.

On announcing the new dates, Queen’s Brian May said: “The touring production of WWRY has taken our show to new places in more ways than one! The London show thunders on, and continues to delight audiences, but the touring cast and band have brought a new interpretation and style all of their own. It's a tonic!”

Last year’s tour of the acclaimed production visited six cities starting in March 2009 and coming to an end in style at Dublin’s O2 Arena at the end of January 2010. The tour sold over half a million tickets, setting and smashing box office records.

The London production of the show is now in its eighth year and it is the longest running musical ever staged at the West End’s Dominion Theatre and is now booking until October 2010. The musical has so far been seen by 11 million people in 17 countries and is also due to open in Utrecht (Netherlands), Sweden (Stockholm) and Berlin (Germany) this year.

The production is directed by Ben Elton, with Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor as music supervisors and Arlene Phillips overseeing the musical staging and choreography.

Writer Ben Elton has fashioned a hilarious futurist 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.

“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?”

Says Brian May: “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.”

Says producer Phil McIntyre: “We are looking forward to taking this true rock extravaganza out on the road again. We had standing ovations night after night around the UK last year and we can’t wait to see that happen again.

The touring production reaches local UK theatres carrying with it an impressive legacy: when it first became news that one of Britain’s most phenomenally successful comedy writers Ben Elton was teaming up with legends of rock, Queen, for a musical there was much speculation on what such a unique collaboration would turn out. Especially when screen icon Robert de Niro became so impressed after attending the original workshop that his company Tribeca came on board as American partner.

We Will Rock You – not just a show, but a promise!

We Will Rock You UK Tour 2010/11/12

Tickets on sale now - Theatre Booking Details:

Glasgow King’s Theatre GENERAL ON SALE 10TH MAY
Tuesday 18th January 2011 – Saturday 19th February 2011
Performances: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Wed and Sat mats 2.30pm
Ticket Price:  £17 - £41.50
Booking Line: 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee) Groups and Schools 0141 240 1122
Website: www.ambassadortickets.com/glasgow (bkg fee)

Aberdeen, His Majesty’s Theatre ON SALE NOW
Wednesday 8th June 2011 – Saturday 2nd July 2011
Performances: 7.30pm plus 2pm Thursday and 2.30pm Saturday matinees
Ticket Price: £15 to £40.50, plus £ bkg fee
Booking Line: 01224 641122
Website: boxofficeaberdeen.com

Edinburgh Playhouse GENERAL ON SALE 10TH MAY
Monday 29th November 2011 – Friday 7th January 2012
Performances: Mon- Sat @ 7.30pm, Wed & Sat @ 2.30pm
Ticket Price: £17.00 - £43.50
Booking Line: 0844 8447 1660
Website: www.edinburghplayhouse.org.uk

Scaramouche Ensemble

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