'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.
Anyone who’s ever seen a West End musical in Southampton will probably have paid a visit to the Mayflower Theatre. The Mayflower Theatre is the largest theatre on the South Coast of England, priding itself on hosting a wide variety of touring productions including musicals, dance, opera, drama and comedy.
The Grade II listed Mayflower benefits from both its size and its central location as it can be found right at the heart of Southampton city centre. Boasting an astonishing 2,270 capacity, at the time of its construction in 1928 it was the largest theatre in the south of England, a title it still holds today.
The Mayflower is a proudly independent not-for-profit venue, investing all its ticket sales back into the theatre’s upkeep and its community and education programmes. With the hottest musicals such as Wicked, The Lion King, Shrek! the Musical, and Mary Poppins passing through in recent years, the Mayflower remains a highlight stop of any touring show.