'We Will Rock You' tells the story of a globalized future without musical instruments. A handful of rock rebels, the Bohemians, fight against the all-powerful Globalsoft company and its boss, the Killer Queen; they fight for freedom, individuality and the rebirth of the age of rock. Scaramouche and Galileo, two young outsiders, cannot come to terms with the bleak conformist reality. They join the Bohemians and embark on the search to find the unlimited power of freedom, love and Rock!
The idea for the musical came after a meeting between the actor Robert De Niro with musicians Brian May and Roger Taylor, in Venice in 1996. De Niro's daughter was a big fan of the Queen and the actor asked if the legends of rock had never thought of creating a musical based on their songs. That was the beginning of everything.
Since 2002 over 15 million theatregoers in 17 countries have been thrilled by this awe-inspiring production which is based on the songs of Queen with a book by Ben Elton (The Young Ones, Blackadder, Popcorn). Elton fashioned this hilarious futurist comedy around more than 24 of Queen’s biggest hit songs including We Are The Champions, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Don’t Stop Me Now, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust and of course, We Will Rock You.
The Pavilion and Ballroom is an attractive Grade II listed building in Bournemouth. It eludes the glitz and glamour of the 1920s from when it was built, and its optimal location beside the coast has made the venue ever more enticing. From stunning West End productions to concerts, opera and dance shows, the Pavilion truly is an exciting venue.
The flexible space means that the theatre can also host product launches, award ceremonies, conferences and many other diverse events. It often works in partnership with its sister venue, the Bournemouth International Centre. The Pavilion was considered the largest ‘municipal enterprise’ when it was first constructed, and its soaring popularity hasn’t ceased over the years.
Despite refurbishments in the 70s that have since been undone to restore its heritage, the building still has the charm and quirk of Art Deco theatres. It’s elegance and domed ceilings contribute to its aptness for hosting galas and banquets, and the timeless auditorium remains a unique setting for presentations and creative productions.