We Will Rock You at the Theatre Royal Nottingham Review

25-30 November 2019

We Will Rock You

Reviewed by Debbie Lowndes

My daughter and I were given the privilege of going to review We Will Rock You, the musical, by Queen and Ben Elton.

The performance focussed on the fact that Rock and Roll ceases to exist within our current society with the only music remaining bring electronically generated pop.

The main character Galileo played by Ian McIntosh is a confused individual whose dreams send his mind into overdrive and lead him into a deeply confused state of existence. His dreams consist of well-known rock songs which we all love – only too well. His side kick turns out to be an equally rebellious character known as Scarmouche played by Elena Skye. The two of them are led on a journey to find and restore rock and roll. 

Other cast members were Buddy played by Michael McKell, Khashoggi played by Adam Strong, Killer Queen played by Jenny o’Leary, Britney played by David Michael Johnson and Oz played by Amy Di Bartolomeo. Killer Queen’s understudy also took to the stage and was played by Emily Olive Boyd.

Many of Queen’s well know songs were sang throughout the performance such as Radio Ga Ga with adaptations to take into account our internet society of the present day. Killer Queen, We Will Rock You. The singing was great; however I think there were some technical issues which I personally spoilt the performance for me. The technical issues did put the performance about 30 minutes behind schedule. Some songs appeared to be slightly shouty when sang. Credit must however be given to the final song sang Bohemian Rhapsody – this was outstanding quality and brought a tear to the eye. 

The lighting throughout the whole production was amazing and very realistic for time travel. The galactic background helped to assist to transport into the future.  There were numerous jokes being made throughout the performance in relation to the current society and social media etc. Some of which were over the top and ceased to be funny!

The costumes were well thought out and distinguished rebels and internet gaga characters. The gaga characters wore shiny outfits and rebels/Rock and Roll characters wore dark clothes with studded belts, ripped jeans etc.  

It was obvious that a lot of cleverly thought out writing had gone into the musical. In order to portray our current internet-based society. Along with pointing out that we are lacking Rock and Roll and that it must be brought back!!

It was great watching the love blossom between Galileo and Scaramouche. 

Although this was not our cup of tea so to speak – it was definitely a hit with others in the audience. It was not a complete disaster for us there was definitely parts of the musical which we found interesting and heart-warming. 

It was a credit to Queen and even with the technical issues which existed you could tell singers were dedicated and wanted to their very best to ensure the performance was a credit to memory of Queen. 

Rating: 3.5/5

Tickets cost from £22 to £49.50 (booking fees may apply).

We Will Rock You is at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham from 25-30 November 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.trch.co.uk or call the box office on 0115 989 5555.

Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND

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