12 years, 4,600 performances, six and a half million viewers and 600,000 tickets sold later, the crowd-pleasing, jukebox musical, We Will Rock You, took its final curtain call on 31 May 2014, promising a return as soon as possible to London’s West End.
As the longest running show staged at the Dominion Theatre, We Will Rock You was directed by Christopher Renshaw, based on the band Queen’s biggest hits and chart-toppers, including Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga and Another One Bites the Dust.
While critically panned, Freddie Mercury’s lush tunes paired with Arlene Phillips choreography and the entire play’s apparent rock rebel sensibility connected easily with the audience. And despite strong criticism, it became one of the longest running shows on the West End seen by 16 million people worldwide and even won an Olivier award in the only category voted for by the public.
David Pearson of the Dominion Theatre has expressed how privileged they feel for having been able to host one of the longest running musicals in its history, but is now looking forward to exciting new productions in the coming year.
“To the show rocking the Dominion and seeing a standing ovation night after night has been quite amazing.”
"We want to thank every one of the many hundreds of incredible musical theatre artists, musicians and crew with whom we've had the privilege of working at the Dominion since 2002," said Taylor, Elton and Queen guitarist Brian May in a statement.
Announcement of the end of We Will Rock You’s West End run comes after Queen announced a 19-date US tour. Adam Lambert takes the place of the late Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury.