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Dominion Theatre in general
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Dominion Theatre in general
Date: 07/02/03, updated on 07/02/03 (241 review reads)
Advantages: Great Show
Disadvantages: FAR TOO EXPENSIVE!
Firstly, I am writing this show review under this section as I couldn't find a proper place for it and couldn't figure out how to ask for it to be added. So there. This is a review of the show 'We Will Rock You'. Please feel free to read on...
The Dominion Theatre is located slap bang on Tottenham Court Road just above the Tottenham Court Road tube station. The Northern and Central lines call at this station so travelling there is fairly easy. It is only a 10 minute walk from Leicester Square so grab something to eat there and get on down to the 'Dominion'.
The theatre was built in 1929 and is currently one of the largest venues in London's West End with a seating capacity of around 2,060. Charlie Chapin himself has appeared on the Dominion stage in 1931 and it has been used as a cinema in the past also. It holds the record for the longest ever cinematic film - South Pacific opened on 21st April 1958 and ran four 4 years and 22 weeks taking in some 2,500 performances to over 3,000,000 people!
The Dominion Theatre is now owned by Clear Channel Entertainment and is home to the mega-hit musical 'We Will Rock You'.
***WE WILL ROCK YOU***
The story begins sometime in the future. Earth is now called Planet Mall and is ruled by the Killer Queen. All rock music has been banned and destroyed - the only available music is manufactured pop obtained by downloading it from the internet. Everyone listens to the same music, does the same thing, wears the same clothes.
Everyone except our hero 'Galileo Figaro' and his partner 'Scaramouche'. Galileo has been having strange dreams that bring him visions and words that he cannot understand. Words like "Will you do the fandango?" He yearns to break free from the oppression brought by the Killer Queen's reign. Likewise, Scaramouche is not happy with her life. She simply
doesn't fit into with the 'Ga-Ga girl' crowd - she too wants to break free from her futile existence.
The Killer Queen and her assistant Khashoggi have heard the ancient stories of musical instruments hidden on Planet Mall and are determined to find and destroy them. No stone is left unturned and no national monument is safe as they search for the fabled instruments. People like Galileo and Scaramouche are dangerous to their rule and are arrested, their minds erased and they themselves are sent to the 'Seven Seas of Rye'.
Galileo and Scaramouche after their arrest and release meet some other 'Bohemians' who have evaded capture and are taken to their hiding place under the streets of Old London Town. Unforutunately buggin devices have been attached to them and Khashoggi turns up with a gang of police and arrests the lot of them. Only Galileo and Scaramouche escape.
It is up to our heros to save the planet with the help of a strange old hippy called 'Pop' and to discover the fabled musical instruments buried by the rock group Queen way back in the past - to defeat the ruling Killer Queen. But will they do it..?
Tony Vincent - GALILEO. Excellent singing voice, superb performance. Played Simon Zealotes in the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Jesus Christ Superstar'. You may also have seen him singing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' with Queen at the Party at the Palace during June 2002.
Hannah Jane Fox - SCARAMOUCHE. Superb again. Excellent voice and has just the right amount of venom to spit out Ben Elton's sarcastic put-downs.
Sharon D Clake - KILLER QUEEN. Absolutely amazing, stunning, superb voice! WOW! THE reason to go and see this show. Struts round the stage in a variety of scary costumes. Brilliant.
Nigel Planer - POP. The only person who could play this role effectively. I cannot see anyone else doing this role. Pulls it
off very well - and nearly flashed his tits!
The set is stunning - more high-tech than a huge rock concert. Amazing. 8 digital screens move across the stage flashing up visuals or acting as a video-conference telephone. Excellent. A set of a ruined Tottenham Court Road tube station appears out of the floor of the stage as the setting for the Bohemians Hide-away. Walkways raise up out of the stage and spin round over the audience in the stalls to reach the height of the front of the Dress Circle so that the Killer Queen can really menace everyone. It is simply a visual feast for the eyes.
***THE CREATIVE TEAM***
Ben Elton - AUTHOR. Famous for BlackAdder, The Man from Auntie, The Thin Blue Line and Maybe Baby. Tiresome reliance and 'knob' and 'shag' gags.
Brian May and Roger Taylor - MUSIC SUPERVISORS. Famous for being part of Queen!
Christopher Renshaw - DIRECTOR. Famous for Taboo among other things.
Arlene Phillips - CHOREOGRAPHER. Famous for the roller-skating antics in 'Starlight Express'.
Overall this is a fantastic, fun show. Does what it says on the tin. The plot and dialogue are totally ridiculous and Elton's reliance on one-liner jokes really show up here. The part in second half where theplot finally clunks into shape is totally ludicrous and shockingly bad and some of the songs feel wrenched into place with the tiniest of pre-texts as to why they are there.
But really. The songs are what this show is all about. And We Will Rock You has them in spades. 31 of Queen's greatest hits from 'Radio Ga-Ga' to the title song 'We Will Rock You' via a snatch of 'Fat Bottomed Girls' and 'Somebody to Love'. Excellent songs sung and played by people at the top of their game.
Saveged - unfairly - by the critics it is a success. A sequel is planned and it is now charging the high
est prices for a West End musical.
Go and see it - don't expect Shakespeare and don't expect BlackAdder. Go and let your hair down to some of the greatest rock music ever written and forget the loopy plot-line. It's guaranteed to have you singing and clapping and cheering along. Total entertainment.
Monday - Thursday evening 7.30pm and Wednesday afternoon 2.30pm (last of the month only).
Friday Evening 7.30pm.
Saturday 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Standing tickets at all performances: £12.50
By way of note the expensive tickets in the Stalls count from Row A - Row Z. You pay the same price for sitting at the front as you do 25 rows back in the theatre.
For a show that preaches against manufacturing hype and gross sales I find this a little hypocritical. But that's just my humble opinion.
Thakns for reading.
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