1 November 2014
Reviewed by Becky Speller
This is by far the easiest review I have ever had to write. I must start by writing that I had the most fantastic night and this is the best stage show I have seen in years if not the best.
Being a bit of a repressed rock chick I was so excited to be offered the choice to review this I am also a bit of a secret vampire fan as well, so this show was sure to tick all the boxes for me. I wasn’t expecting it to be anywhere near as fantastic as it was though.
The Waterside Theatre at Aylesbury is a lovely venue and very clean and modern. The staff are all courteous and helpful and the facilities are spotless. We parked in the car park opposite and it is only a £1 after 6.30pm.
On entering the auditorium the stage looked fantastic and very spooky (helped by the fact that it was the night after Halloween! Seats were comfy and had plenty of leg room compared to some theatres I have been to which can be a little cramped.
The show opened with ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ sung by Steve Steinman (aka Baron Von Rockula) who has an amazing voice and really looked the part. The band were fantastic and the music was very loud just what you would expect from a rock group. The lady dancers were all sporting fangs and their facial expressions were very convincing! Steve then went on to introduce us to Bossley the Janitor who was hilarious (and very inappropriate).
We then met Pandora who comes to the Live and Let Die club for an audition. I won’t outline the whole story as it will ruin it for people wanting to see it, but what follows is a fantastic rendition of some well-known rock classics such as ‘Holding out for a Hero’ ‘Took the words right out of my mouth’ and ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’. I must make a special mention to the lady vamp (sorry I don’t know her name) who did a spellbinding rendition of ‘China in your Hand’. I could not take my eyes off her and her vocals were amazing!!
After a short interval we returned and the show took a slightly darker turn. Pandora marries Baron to the sound of ‘White Wedding’ and then gets dramatically turned into a vampire. She then rocks the theatre with ‘Devil Gate Drive, I love Rock and Roll’ and many more. By this time everyone was on their feet and the atmosphere was electric. They played out with the Meatloaf classic ‘Bat out of Hell’ and gave us a taster of their new show Ghost Train (I will definitely be going to see this’).
To summarise I cannot say how fab this show is and this review does not do it justice! A fantastic cast, musicians and the special effects are out of this world. Well done Steve Steinman on getting the right mix of humour and darkness along with a banging soundtrack!!Can’t wait to see you again and if I could would give 100/5!!!!
Vampires Rock is currently on tour. For more information and tour dates visit www.vampiresrock.com.
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1UG