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We Will Rock You Closing at the Dominion Theatre in May 2014

Tuesday, 11th Mar 2014  

The Popular West End Musical Closing its Doors after 12 Years in the Capital

Surprising news comes from the West End today as it is announced that We Will Rock You will be closing its doors in May, ending a run in the capital that began back in 2002.

The Queen musical was previously in the news last August when the latest casting announcement emerged, though it regularly appears in headlines as it has constantly updated its booking period during its reign.

Thanks to its 12 years in the West End the news of its closure will come as a surprise to some, who might have expected it to try to match the runs of other west end shows to amass such a lengthy presence in the capital. musicals like Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera, for example, are approaching their 30-year milestone later in the decade.

The last long-running production to close in the capital was Blood Brothers, which ended its run at the Phoenix Theatre in 2012, following an appearance that lasted more than two decades.

We Will Rock You takes audiences 300 years into the future and uses cues and ideas from Queen songs to for an original narrative. Earth has been transformed into Planet Mall, having completed the process of Globalisation, and it is controlled by Killer Queen, the leader of the Globalsoft Corporation. In this society freedom of music and expression is outlawed and it is the job of the freedom fighters known as the Bohemians to return the world to a golden era that is known as the Rhapsody.

Queen songs also form the musical numbers of the show, ranging from Another One Bites The Dust to I Want To Break Free and Radio Gaga, among others.

There is no indication, as of yet, as to the production set to replace We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, though there are various recent announcements that could provide clues to this. Official London theatre points out that Back To The Future is touted as a favourite, but there is no official word either way.

As We Will Rock You ends, other musicals are arriving in the capital in 2014, including the likes of Made in Dagenham The Musical, which opens at the Adelphi Theatre in November.

We Will Rock You,  meanwhile, continues at the Dominion Theatre until 31st May 2014 

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