Queen musical We Will Rock You will retire from London’s West End stage after 12 years.
The hit stage production will close on May 31 having first opened in May 2002. We Will Rock You is one of the 10 longest running musicals ever and it is estimated that 16m people around the world, 6.5m of those in London, have seen the production in one of the 28 countries it has been performed in.
Speaking about the decision to cease production, co-creators Brian May, Roger Taylor and Ben Elton issued a joint statement on the official Queen website: “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. And of course the incredible audiences who have rewarded them with over four and a half thousand standing ovations!”
Meanwhile, General Manager of the Dominion Theatre, David Pearson, added: “It has been a privilege to have hosted We Will Rock You for the past 12 years. To have the show rocking the Dominion and seeing a standing ovation night after night has been quite amazing. We wish the show every success for the future, as we now prepare to accelerate our restoration and refurbishment programme ready to welcome an exciting new production in 2015.”
Queen recently announced details of a US tour to take place later this year. Adam Lambert will once again step in to provide vocals following the death of frontman Freddie Mercury in 1991.