Ben Elton directs 2022 We Will Rock You anniversary UK Tour

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Queen and Ben Elton’s smash hit musical We Will Rock You is back in 2022 to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a new tour in theatres across the UK, directed by Ben Elton.

Kicking off in Portsmouth in February, the tour will play another 27 venues around the country before culminating with a residency at Manchester‘s Palace Theatre in September.

The musical has seen unprecedented success in theatres and arenas all around the world since it first premiered in London nearly 20 years ago.

And now its original writer, Ben Elton, will be back in the director’s chair working with the new 2022 cast ready to rock UK audiences once again.

Ben Elton said: “I can hardly believe it’s been 20 years since We Will Rock You premiered in London. Or that much of what we thought was science fiction in the script back then has turned into science fact.

“I guess Queen were always ahead of the game. I’ve directed this show all over the world and I can’t wait to bring it home to the UK with a brand new production and a fabulous cast of young Bohemians, most of whom were rocking in their cradles when this adventure first began.”

The musical extravaganza featuring 24 of Queen’s greatest hits will feature Ian McIntosh as Galileo plus Elena Skye, Jenny O’Leary, Adam Strong, Michael Mckell, Martina Ciabatti Mennell and David Michael Johnson.

The ensemble includes Laura Bird, Kate Leiper, Joanne Harper, Anna Davey, Edward Leigh, Spin, Karen Walker, David Muscat, Damien Walsh, Laura Ava-Scott, Victoria Collins, Joseph Connor, Louis Clarke-Clare and Jacob Fearey.

UK Tour Dates

Portsmouth Kings Theatre, February 7-12 

York Grand Opera House, February 14-19

Cornwall Hall for Cornwall, February 21-27 

Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre, February 28-March 5

Stoke Regent Theatre, March 7-12

Liverpool Empire Theatre, March 14-19

Northampton Royal & Derngate, March 21-26

Milton Keynes Milton Keynes Theatre, March 28-April 2

Cardiff Millennium Centre, April 4-16

Bristol Hippodrome, April 18-23

Reading Hexagon, April 25-30

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, May 2-7

Ipswich Regent Theatre, May 9-14

Torquay Princess Theatre, May 16-21

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, May 23-28

New Wimbledon Theatre, May 30-June 4

Stockton Globe Theatre, June 6-11

Peterborough New Theatre, June 13–18

Norwich Theatre Royal, June 20-25

Bromley Churchill Theatre, June 27-July 2

Birmingham Hippodrome, July 4-30

Southend Cliffs Pavilion, August 1-6

Canterbury Marlowe Theatre, August 8-13

Southampton Mayflower Theatre, August 15-20

Newcastle Theatre Royal, August 22-27

Sheffield City Hall, August 29-September 3

Manchester Palace Theatre, September 5-10.

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