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We Will Rock You - Tompsett and Wooding join cast

Casting news

ON OCTOBER 8, 2012, Oliver Tompsett will take over the role of Galileo from Noel Sullivan and Rachel Wooding will succeed Lauren Samuels as Scaramouche in the Queen musical, We Will Rock You.

Tompsett and Wooding will join long-running cast members Kevin Kennedy (as Pop), Brenda Edwards (Killer Queen), Rachel John (Meat), Wayne Robinson (Britney) and Alisdair Harvey (Khashoggi), who will all continue in their roles.

Since making her West End debut in Fame and then starring in Saturday Night Fever, Rachel Wooding has starred in some of the West End’s most celebrated shows including Hairspray The Musical and Jersey Boys. Most recently, she was highly acclaimed for her performance in the title role in the UK touring production of Evita. She returns to We Will Rock You having played Meat between 2006 and 2007.

Oliver Tompsett made his debut in the Olivier award-winning Madness musical, Our House, before moving on to Mamma Mia! and a long run as Fiyero in Wicked. He then went on to create the role of aspiring rock god Drew in Rock of Ages. Away from musicals, he worked with Trevor Nunn at the National Theatre in Nunn’s production of The Royal Hunt For the Sun.

Commenting on the castings, show co-creator Brian May said: “We’re very excited to welcome our two new leading stars to We Will Rock You London.

“We had had our eye on Olly Tompsett for a while … always thinking he would make a great Galileo. It turns out he had had his eye on us too! So that will be something momentous. He will bring something special to the part, and I know his many fans will love seeing him interpret this role.

“Rachel Wooding is, of course, an old and respected friend and was great in the role of Meat. We had always hoped that she would return one day and take on Scara. When we saw her this time we immediately realised this was the moment. Oliver and Rachel will be an explosive combination – can’t wait!”

We Will Rock You opened at The Dominion Theatre on May 14, 2002. To date the production has been seen by more than 6.4 million people in London and over 14 million worldwide and is currently booking until March 2013. The touring production begins a worldwide arena tour on March 27, 2013.

New Cast Recording

Having recently celebrated its 10th birthday, and about to hit its 4,000th performance on September 20, a special 10th Anniversary Edition Cast Soundtrack will be released on October 15 through EMI Records, available in record stores and from the Dominion Theatre.

Having surpassed platinum sales in its original version, the anniversary edition will be released as a special two CD and DD set offering 11 additional and previously unavailable recordings.

On a bonus disc of live cuts, remixes and alternative versions from productions across the globe, Queen are themselves featured performing Bohemian Rhapsody with the London cast at the Party in the Park Royal Jubilee Concert live at Buckingham Palace in 2002, and with the German cast performances of We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions, recorded for German TV show Wetten Das in 2004.

For those who have ever wondered how overseas versions of the show songs might have sounded, eight of the bonus tracks are recordings by the Australian, German and Spanish casts, some having been translated to the local language.

From the Spanish production, there is No-One But You sung as Sólo Por Ti and Headlong as Sin Control. Interestingly, and as outlined in the extensive liner notes included with the CD, all the songs for Spain were translated except one – Fat Bottomed Girls. This one appears to have totally baffled the Spanish translators and is sung in English.