After more than 12 years in the West End, smash hit Queen musical We Will Rock You will come to the ends of its reign on 31 May.
The former BBC Radio 2 Audience Award-winning show will come to a close after performing for more than 6.5 million people in a record-breaking run at the Dominion Theatre, earning a place in the top 20 longest running West End shows of all time.
The show’s co-creators, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, and writer Ben Elton, commented: “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!”
Featuring an incredible line-up of Queen’s most popular songs, from Radio Gaga to Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You is set in a futuristic world where rock music is banned. With sensational costumes and energetic routines, the musical tells the story of a group of rebels, the Bohemians, who live in the underbelly and resist the sterile world above. The Bohemians believe instruments still exist somewhere on iPlanet, they just need a hero to find them. Is Galileo that man?
Commenting on the announcement that will likely sadden We Will Rock You’s many loyal fans, the Dominion Theatre’s General Manager said: “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.”
His comment will no doubt fuel rumours already circulating on Twitter as to which show will replace the rock musical at the theatre, with the recently announced Back To The Future the pundits’ current favourite.