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We Will Rock You - cast changes and extended boooking

Rolan Bell

Casting news

WE WILL Rock You, the popular Queen and Ben Elton musical, has announced details of a revamped cast for 2013/2014.

The production, which has played at the Dominion Theatre since May 2002, has also announced that it is extending its current booking period to mid-April 2014.

Joining the cast as Meat and Britney will be Amanda Coutts and Rolan Bell.

The new 2013/2014 cast will continue to star long running audience favourites Oliver Tompsett (as Galileo), Rachel Wooding (Scaramouche), Brenda Edwards (Killer Queen), Kevin Kennedy (Pop) and Alasdair Harvey (Khashoggi).

A regular casting favourite in We Will Rock You, Amanda Coutts first joined the cast in 2007 as a Scaramouche and Meat cover, later taking over the role of Meat and regularly playing Scaramouche. She then played the lead role of Scaramouche in the UK touring production. Her other touring and West End shows include Fame, Footloose and West Side Story.

As well as his touring work with We Will Rock You – he played Britney in the international Arena tour production of the show – Londoner Rolan Bell’s credits include Ragtime, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Carmen Jones (Royal Festival Hall) and The Harder They Come (Theatre Royal Stratford East), for which he was nominated for a What’s On Stage Best Newcomer award. His TV credits include the regular part of Theo in EastEnders.

Rehearsals for the new company start on September 2 for an October 7 first night.

Booking for the new period to April 2014 opens within 10 days. Ticket prices remain unchanged at £35.25 – £91.25 (including restoration levy). New booking fee £2.25.

Amanda Coutts

Of the theatre’s new booking charges, We Will Rock You General Manager Peter Gibbon Hansen says: “We have campaigned long and hard on behalf of our customers to secure this substantial reduction. We’re delighted that these efforts have resulted in making theatre-going so much more reasonable in cost for those who want to enjoy the excitement of the live musical theatre experience.”

We Will Rock You, which has proved one of the West End’s most solid hits since it opened in May 2002, has also become a worldwide sensation. The show has now been seen in local productions in 17 countries, playing to an audience of over 15 million people.

The North American production opens its national tour in Baltimore, MD, at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center on October 15, 2013, before continuing to a further 25 cities.

Presented by Phil McIntyre Entertainment, Tribeca Theatrical Productions and Queen Theatrical Productions, We Will Rock You has a book and direction by Ben Elton, music and music supervision by Queen/Roger Taylor and Brian May, musical staging and choreography by Arlene Phillips, design and lighting by Willie Williams and the late Mark Fisher, sound by Bobby Aitken and costumes by Tim Goodchild.

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