Reviewed by Katie Allen
Other than knowing it was a jukebox musical using classic 80s rock music I didn’t know what to expect from Rock of Ages.
The story is set in 1980s LA, Sunset Boulevard, in a bar called The Bourbon Room. Run by Dennis (Kevin Kennedy) assisted by Lonny (Lucas Rush) this bar is a starting point for many famous rock bands. Our hero, Drew (Luke Walsh), is a bus boy who gets Sherrie (Jodie Steele), a small-town girl from Kansas hoping to make it big in acting, a waitressing job.
Meanwhile some German manages to persuade the mayor to rid Sunset Boulevard of the Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll vibe and replace it with “clean living”.
In attempt to raise more cash and to save his club from being demolished Dennis calls up faded rock star Stacie Jaxx and his band Arsenal to give their last gig at his club.
The show is full of virtuoso performances and I liked that it didn’t take itself too seriously. Lucus Rush especially held the show together with his “dramatic conjuring”, fourth-wall breaking and love/lust for “Natasha” and had it not been for him I would have enjoyed it much less.
We love the New Victoria Theatre in Woking. If you’re more used to the older style theatre with small seats and no legroom then you’ll be pleasantly surprised at this modern space. The theatre itself is within a shopping centre and next to a cinema giving a great atmosphere as you walk into the box office and allowing many options for dinner pre-show. There are bars on many levels and the middle level had a piano player which added a sophisticated ambiance reminding me of a cruise ship.
We parked in the Peacock’s shopping centre multi storey next door. There’s a flat fee of £1.40 after 7pm. I did also notice that the railway station is only a 5 minute walk away.
Tickets cost from £15 (plus £3.65 transaction fee).
Rock of Ages is at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking from 21-25 May 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/new-victoria-theatre or call the box office on 0844 871 7645.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6GQ