We Will Rock You is opening on 2 June at the London Coliseum
The musical legend We Will Rock You will play until 27 August
The worldwide smash-hit We Will Rock You by Queen and Ben Elton returns to London this summer, for only a 12-week season. Taking to the same iconic stage at the London Coliseum that saw Freddie Mercury’s 1979 Royal Ballet performance, this event will go down in musical theatre history.
Starring writer and director Ben Elton as the Rebel Leader, previously known as Pop. He directed the original We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, which was playing for over a decade. The cast will include Ian McIntosh as Galileo and Elena Skye as Scaramouche. Brenda Edwards will appear as the Killer Queen, Lee Mead as Khashoggi, Christine Allado as Meat, Adrian Hansel as Brit, Jenny O’Leary as the alternate Killer Queen, Glenn Adamson, Laura Ava-Scott, Liam Buckland, David Burilin, Victoria Collins, Leanne Garrety, Lucy Glober, Ryesha Higgs, Shak Mancel James, David McIntosh, Danny Nattrass, Jarryd Nurden, Sam Robinson, Madison Swan, Rebecca Wickes, Esme Bacalla-Hayes, Isaac Edwards, Ellis Linford-Pill, and Karen Walker.
Featuring 24 of Queen’s best-loved hits, including We Are The Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody, Don’t Stop Me Now and Radio Ga Ga, We Will Rock You is guaranteed to blow your mind.
Laszlo Erkel, known as Kentaur, the costume designer of the London Coliseum production shared the story of the collaboration of the producers: “(This collaboration) is the outcome of a long process. Years ago, we travelled to London in preparation for the Hungarian production of We Will Rock You. We were discussing the licence with Phil McIntyre right holder. The discussion was successful, and because of this, we got the performing rights to present We Will Rock You for the Hungarian audience with the late Tibor Miklos` translated lyrics.”
“The collaboration was so successful that, at the Budapest stop of the Queen concert tour, they visited our ongoing rehearsals. Brian May, Jim Beach, and the whole management came to check on the progress. They were amazingly nice and opened and liked what we were doing. They even invited us to their concert the next day, in the Papp László Sport Arena, and organized a special reception for our Budapest company, where the Hungarian artists had the chance to meet with Roger Taylor and Brian May personally.”
“Later we prepared a design book for Brian May and Jim Beach with the set and costume designs I’ve created. Two years after the Hungarian premiere, as a result, We Will Rock You toured throughout Great Britain and Ireland with my costumes design. The director of this first UK tour was Cornelius Bartus, who staged the Hungarian performance. In 2021-22, in the same staging, the production toured Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Now we are staging the musical in the world-famous Ben Elton`s direction - who wrote the musical's script alongside the Queen - in the West End at the Coliseum Theatre.”