We Will Rock You (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

We Will Rock You

Good tunes and a terrible script

It's unfortunate that Ben Elton, now touring as a stand-up, decided that a lazy story, weak characterisation, gender-stereotypes and a few predictable gags were more than enough to frame the music of Queen: We Will Rock You has a terrible script, even for a jukebox musical. Spouting idiotic slogans about the death of rock and the rise of the internet, it is a weird dystopian message from a writer who seems frightened of the future and imagines that the wretched history of racial and sexual exploitation in the music industry is a better alternative to playing computer games.

The show survives purely on the quality of the dance routines, the spectacular scenography and the music of Queen, which mostly survives the transition to musical theatre. Many of the numbers are given rockier readings – a two guitar metal assault overwhelms the vocalists, but gives the show both drive and excitement.

Any attempt to think about the message, or characterisation, however, is a depressing journey into old-fashioned humour and attitudes, and the inherent contradictions in the plot. The pace flags in the second act, although One Vision takes its rightful place as a fascist anthem and the final We Will Rock You does sound like a musical's version of revolution. The production is best enjoyed as a spectacle with dynamic choreography, and the occasional moment that captures the theatricality and bombast of a rock legend.

Currently touring.

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We Will Rock You

A run through all your Queen favourites in this musical penned by Ben Elton and members of Queen.

Birmingham Hippodrome

Mon 4 Jul 2022

£38–£69.50 / 0844 338 5000

Tue 5 Jul 2022

£38–£69.50 / 0844 338 5000

Wed 6 Jul 2022

£38–£69.50 / 0844 338 5000

…and 9 more dates until 16 Jul 2022

The Forum Theatre, Stockport

Wed 1 Dec

£8–£35 / 0844 8773377

Thu 2 Dec

£8–£35 / 0844 8773377

Fri 3 Dec

£8–£35 / 0844 8773377

Sat 4 Dec

£8–£35 / 0844 8773377

Grand Opera House York

Mon 10 May

£12–£77.50

Tue 11 May

£12–£77.50

Wed 12 May

£12–£77.50

…and 3 more dates until 15 May

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