Press Release: WWRY London Cast Changes and Extended Booking
AS QUEEN & BEN ELTON’S WE WILL ROCK YOU TARGETS NORTH AMERICA LONDON PRODUCTION ANNOUNCES CAST CHANGES AND EXTENDED BOOKING.
With producers of the much anticipated North American touring production having announced their full casting this past week in readiness for an autumn opening, the London mother ship production of Queen and Ben Elton’s We Will Rock You today produced its own casting news, revealing details of a revamped cast for 2013/ 2014.
The long running West End Dominion Theatre production, which has played since May 2002, also announced that it is extending its current booking period to mid-April 2014.
While the new 2013-2014 cast will continue to star long running audience favourites Oliver Tompsett (Galileo), Rachel Wooding (Scaramouche), Brenda Edwards (Killer Queen), Kevin Kennedy (Pop), and Alasdair Harvey (Khashoggi), the show welcomes in a new ‘Meat’ and ‘Britney’, with Amanda Coutts making a return to the show and Rolan Bell joining the West End cast after grabbing attention for his performance as ‘Britney’ in the international Arena tour production of the show.
Amanda Coutts has become a regular casting favourite in We Will Rock You. She first joined the cast in 2007 as a Scaramouche and Meat cover, later taking over the role of Meat and regularly playing Scaramouche. She then played the lead role of Scaramouche in the UK touring production, and now returns to the Dominion to reprise the role of Meat. Her other touring and West End shows include Fame, Footloose, and West Side Story.
As well as his touring work with We Will Rock You, Londoner Rolan Bell’s credits include Ragtime, the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Carmen Jones at The Royal Festival Hall, and the Theatre Royal Stratford East production The Harder They Come for which he was nominated for a What’s On Stage Best Newcomer award. His TV Credits include the regular part of Theo in Eastenders.
Rehearsals for the new company start September 2 for an October 7 first night.
Booking for the new period to April 2014 opens up within 10 days. Ticket prices remain unchanged at £35.25 - £91.25 (including restoration levy). New booking fee £2.25.
Of the theatre’s new booking charges, We Will Rock You General Manager Peter Gibbon Hansen says: “We have campaigned long and hard on behalf of our customers to secure this substantial reduction. We’re delighted that these efforts have resulted in making theatre-going so much more reasonable in cost for those who want to enjoy the excitement of the live musical theatre experience.”
We Will Rock You has proved one of the West End’s most solid hits since it opened May 2002, going on to become a worldwide sensation. The show has now been seen in local productions in 17 countries, playing to an audience of over 15 million people.
The North American production opens its national tour in Baltimore, MD, at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center this coming October 15, 2013, thereafter scheduled to reach 25 further cities.
We Will Rock You is a Phil McIntyre Entertainment, Tribeca Theatrical Productions and Queen Theatrical Productions presentation. Book and direction by Ben Elton. Music and Music Supervision by Queen/Roger Taylor and Brian May. Musical staging and choreography by Arlene Phillips. Design and Lights by Willie Williams and the late Mark Fisher. Sound by Bobby Aitken. Costumes by Tim Goodchild.
We Will Rock You. Monday – Saturday, London Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road, W.1. Performances weekdays 7.30pm. Saturday 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Check www.wewillrockyou.co.uk for Wednesday matinees. Nearest tube station: Tottenham Court Road. Bookings by telephone: 0844 847 1775.