Review: We Will Rock You
PUBLISHED: 09:06 14 October 2011
THEY promised to rock us - and that they did.
The smash hit Queen and Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You returned to The Bristol Hippodrome this week and proved to be a great success among all the generations in the audience.
The most striking thing about the production is the powerful voices that belted out the greatest hits of the famous rock group - but the best part last night was most definitely the surprise appearance by Queen guitarist and vocalist Brian May - legend.
The production will be staged at the venue until October 29 as part of its rocking three-week run before continuing around the UK.
The cast for Bristol features former Hearsay member Noel Sullivan, who has recently been wowing London’s West End audiences as Danny in Grease.
He plays the part of Galileo, the nervous boy who must become a bohemian hero to help save the future of rock music and took on the transformation from shy youngster to rock star with great acting skills along the way.
Alongside Noel is Sheffield actor Ian Reddington, who is one of the only people to have two major roles in both EastEnders and Coronation Street as Richard Cole aka Tricky Dicky and Vernon Tomlin respectively.
He performed the role of Pop, a librarian who is stuck in his hippie past and is searching to find answers to the end of rock music - a hilarious addition to the production, that added a comic edge.
Every person on stage deserved an individual mention as recognition for the seamless production - but the favourite for me had to be Scaramouche, played by Amanda Coutts.
She was quite simply a side-splitting addition with her Essex-girl accident and rocker purple hair - a real character and a pleasure to watch.
The 2009 UK tour of the acclaimed production visited six cities starting in March 2009 and came to an end in style at Dublin’s O2 Arena at the end of January 2010. The tour sold more than half a million tickets, setting and smashing box office records.
The production is directed by Ben Elton, with Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor as music supervisors, Arlene Phillips oversees 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. Tickets, priced £27.50-55, are available via www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk