We Will Rock You, Theatre Royal Glasgow
The cast and crew of We Will Rock You served up Rock Musical perfection at Glasgow's Theatre Royal last night. The smash hit Queen and Ben Elton collaboration has received a timely makeover to turn this amazing show up to 11!

The show premiered in 2002 but this new production has had a substantial re-write including new characters and a rich vein of comedy throughout. The show still packs in 25 of the world's best loved rock songs with a musical narrative that is both engaging and laugh-out-loud funny. Set in a future world where musical instruments are banned and the only permitted music is "programmed", the story takes the dumbed down x-factor inspired music era to a logical conclusion where rock has become legend. Enter dreamer Galileo (Ian McIntosh) who 'want's to break free' from this musical oppression and rebellious Scaramouche (Elena Skye) as his 'somebody to love' - you're getting how this works! The thing is, as fantastic as the story is, it all works very well because the show is bound together by some of the greatest songs ever written, and characters are broadened by the keen wit of one Mr. Elton.

From a production standpoint, the show is simply awesome! Music is authentically reproduced being worthy of Queen's legendary live performance reputation. The show is very high tech (this is rarely a good thing on a touring production) but every queue is executed precisely with lighting, sound effects, dialogue, music and video all smoothly synchronized. At times the vivid video presentations cover every surface on-stage and suck the audience into the action. Costumes contrasting in style from The Matrix to Mad Max add significantly to the presentation. Choreography from Director Cornelius Baltus has pinpoint precision with great contrast between the Ga Ga and the Bohemian dancer groups.

But even with all of these production superlatives, the show was still stolen by the performances onstage. Ian McIntosh and Elena Skye were the perfect lead duo. Onstage passion mostly came in the form of wars of words as the two strong characters bounced off each other. But love always finds a way in a musical. Michael McKell as Buddy and comic baddy Adam Strong as Khashoggi brought plenty of laughs. Vocal performances were astonishing throughout, but Amy Di Bartolomeo as Oz really raised hairs on the back of my neck as she sang "Only the Good Die Young".

The screaming Glasgow audience couldn't wait to get on their feet at the end of the show to deliver a well-deserved standing ovation.

People will be rushing 'headlong' for these tickets putting the box office 'under pressure'! Book today ... it's guaranteed to blow your mind.

We Will Rock You
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Mon 9th December - Sat 28th December 2019
www.atgtickets.com/glasgow (bkg fee)