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We Will Rock You

We Will Rock YouThe Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

'We Will Rock You' tells the story of a globalized future without musical instruments.
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We Will Rock You

Canterbury

The Marlowe Theatre

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'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.


Venue Details

Named after the Elizabethan playwright, Christopher Marlowe, the theatre is a prominent feature in Canterbury, Kent. It offers a wealthy programme of plays, receiving many major West End musicals, opera productions, stand-up comedy shows, dance performances and musical concerts. Its range of pantomimes have seen notable performances from Natalie imbruglia, Gareth Gates and Martine McCutcheon.

Alongside many of the leading touring productions, the theatre also provides a range of workshops for young people. The programmes are designed to boost skills in acting, writing and dance, in addition to instilling confidence and creativity. Workshops target different ages, abilities and interests, delivered within The Marlowe Youth Theatre, The Marlowe Dance Company, The Marlowe People’s Company and The Marlowe Playwrights.

The theatre flaunts a fairly new building, due a series of redevelopments. In 1984, the Marlowe moved locations from a site on St Margaret’s Street to former 1930s cinema and host of the premiere for ‘A Canterbury Tale’ in 1944, The Friars. Further developments lead to the demolition of the cinema and a new-purpose built theatre in its place; the Marlowe is now smaller in size, but with a larger capacity - praised for having no seat over 25 metres away from the stage. The building is equipped with two modern auditoria, a performance space, bars and a restaurant, and a landscaped walkway to connect the theatre to the nearby River Stour.


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