Interview: Ben Richards, star of jukebox stage musical Rock of Ages

Interview: Ben Richard, star of jukebox stage musical Rock of Ages

'The film is… not brilliant. I don't think they quite got the irony, the comedy element'

Rock of Ages might have been made into a Hollywood film, but the stage version, according to star Ben Richards, is a more playful proposition. 'The film is… not brilliant,' he reluctantly admits. 'I don't think they quite got the irony, the comedy element. The audience are in hysterics, which is why we get the reaction we do, which we are very lucky to get!'

For Richards, playing a 1980s rock god is a trip down memory lane. 'I kind of grew up with the music: we used to listen to big rock tunes,' he remembers. 'And it is amazing how many massive hits are in the show.'

With massive hits and massive hair, Rock of Ages takes a sideways glance at the excesses of the 80s, but rolls out the familiar tunes that made rock dominate the radio in the era of Thatcher and Reagan.

The show also promises old fashioned decadence. 'I am right in the middle of it! I am playing an 80s rock star,' he laughs. 'So you can imagine what I get up to!' However, Richards won't be drawn on whether this reflects his off-stage life. 'Everything I say may be used in evidence against me, so best if I don't answer that question … '

Edinburgh Playhouse, Mon 19–Sat 24 May.

Rock of Ages on Tour in the UK

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Rock of Ages

The rock / jukebox musical comedy.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Tue 24 May 2022

£13–£82.50

Wed 25 May 2022

£13–£82.50

Thu 26 May 2022

£13–£82.50

…and 2 more dates until 28 May 2022

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Tue 10 May 2022

£13–£87 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 11 May 2022

£13–£87 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 12 May 2022

£13–£87 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 14 May 2022

King's Theatre, Glasgow

Tue 30 Aug 2022

£13–£60 / 0844 871 7648

Wed 31 Aug 2022

£13–£60 / 0844 871 7648

Thu 1 Sep 2022

£13–£60 / 0844 871 7648

…and 2 more dates until 3 Sep 2022

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