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'We Will Rock You' at the Dominion Theatre

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by Jack Bathe (subscribe)
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I took a trip to the Dominion Theatre on Tottenham Court Road, home to the world famous musical 'We Will Rock You'. The show began with an explosion of sound that shook the audience into attention as bright lights swung around; finally focusing on the stage whilst the background story to the musical was projected onto the front curtain in a Star Wars-like style.

We Will Rock You
A Supreme Performance of Determination


The story itself is based on the idea that the world (or iWorld) has lost touch with reality and creativity, with people essentially becoming slaves to the latest fashions. The villans of the play (the GlobalSoft and Internet GaGa companies) want to destory the fabled last instrument on the iPlanet, leaving the masses unable to express themselves freely. The story has clearly been adapted to fit the modern era but it doesn't feel forced. Rather, the story flows fluently and in an engaging manner with incredibly well dramatized performances both from those on stage and the band in the wings that performed a number of Queen classics.

After such an intense first half, interval came but I was stuck to my seat waiting for more. Soon enough the second half began and the addictive performace continued as the protagonists and the resistance (the Bohemians) battled to free the iPlanet from the evil grasp of the corporations.

It's a brilliant performance that's been well thought out, the scene changes frequently enough to give everything a fresh feel and it never seems as if a scene has been dragged out; even when the location hasn't been changed for a while, changes of pace such as well co-ordinated fight scenes keep the atmosphere alive and the audience intrigued.

It's definitely worth every penny to see this renowned West-End production. The theatre itself is beautiful with an amazing interior and great seats that give you a brilliant view of the stage from any position. If you are able to do so, I'd strongly urge you to indulge yourself in a brilliant story surrounded by the works of Queen.
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Why? To see a brilliant dramatization of Queen classics within a constantly adapting plot
When: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 2.30, extra midweek matinee last Wednesday of every month
Phone: 08448471775
Where: Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road. Also showing in Nottingham, Dublin, Sheffield, Leeds, Belfast and Newcastle
Cost: 15-64
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