Reviewed by Sasha Nye
The Hawth in Crawley is easy to find and has a large amount of free car parking spaces. It is a modern venue with large auditoriums. There are plenty of toilets, a cafe, restaurant and a number of bars for reasonably priced refreshments. The staff are always very helpful and friendly. What’s great about The Hawth is that there are no restrictive view seats in my opinion. Wherever you get seated you will get a great view of the stage. I’m never disappointed when I visit there.
Rock of Ages was released on the big screen in 2012. Based on the Broadway musical, the film attracted some big stars including Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The film received mixed critical reviews.
The film and the musical features the music of many 1970’s Rock and Glam artists from Def Leppard, Journey, Poison, Twisted Sister to Bon Jovi.
The musical and the film are set on Sunset Strip in the heart of Los Angeles, where everyone hopes their dreams of making it big will come true.
The show follows the journey of Drew (Luke Walsh) and Sherrie (Jodie Steele) on their quests to find stardom and introduces us to all of the characters they meet in between.
I really enjoyed the show. The music was from my era growing up and who doesn’t love a bit of cheesy rock? I thought the band were phenomenal and extremely talented musicians. The musical is slightly different from the plot point of view from the film, but it has the same tongue in cheek humour and was a lot of fun.
There were some stand out performances for me. Luke Walsh (Drew) and Rhiannon Chesterman (Regina) both had amazing vocal range and they were able to command the attention of the audience every time they were on the stage.
Lucas Rush (Lonny) however was the whole package. Great vocals, great dancing, fabulous stage presence and amazing comedic timing.
If you are looking for a great night out, then look no further than the Rock of Ages – let them ‘Hit you with their best shot!’
Tickets cost from £36.50 to £43.50 (booking fees may apply).
Rock of Ages is at The Hawth in Crawley from 19-23 February 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit hawth.co.uk or call the box office on 01293 553636.
The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ | 01293 553636