Fans of West End theatre should book central London hotels now before a brand new musical comes to the city’s Shaftesbury Theatre.
Rock of Ages will be opening in September and is a must for anyone who enjoyed the big bands, big guitar solos and even bigger hair of the 1980s.
Set in 1987 in LA’s famous Sunset Strip, the show tells the story of a boy named Drew from South Detroit and a small-town girl named Sherrie.
Both characters end up in LA chasing their dreams of stardom, and subsequently meet and fall in love.
An electrifying soundtrack of accompanies on the onstage action, with 80s hits including Don’t Stop Believing, We Built This City and Here I Go Again.
Rock of Ages has already been wowing audiences on Broadway and has been nominated for five Tony Awards. It is even being made into a movie starring Tom Cruise.
Time Out New York described it as “insanely fun” and said it offered rock and comedy in perfect proportions.
A reviewer at The Village Voice added: “The most remarkable Broadway experience I’ve ever had. The appeal is universal.”
When the show arrives in London, comedian Justin Lee Collins will be playing the role of ageing rocker Dennis Dupree, while singer Shayne Ward will be starring as bad boy Stacee Jaxx.
The entire cast gave fans in Trafalgar Square a sneak preview last month when they performed three songs from the musical at the West End Live event.
London’s Shaftesbury Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Avenue, just a short walk from many of the Shaftesbury Group’s London hotels.
Derren Brown: Svengali is currently showing at the venue and sees the psychological illusionist perform a variety of theatrical tricks.