Ginger Hibiscus | The Hammer Falls on We Will Rock You – All Change at the Dominion Theatre
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30 May The Hammer Falls on We Will Rock You – All Change at the Dominion Theatre

After 12 phenomenal years at the Dominion Theatre, the hammer will finally fall on smash hit musical We Will Rock You tomorrow night.

I’m on my way home from the penultimate night of the show, still pumped with adrenaline and experiencing a thrilling array of emotions, from deep, deep sadness at the closure of the show, to sheer ecstasy at the evening I just had.

As I’m writing this, it feels a bit strange to be experiencing such intense feelings about a show that has, at it’s heart, an abstract story which is warped out of making any sense. It’s ridiculous that a show packed with so much innuendo and so many tenuous jokes should raise these kinds of emotions. And yet I find myself on the verge of tears. It might be the sheer number of hours I have spent in the stalls of the Dominion, or recalling all of the Galileos I have seen come and go over the years. It might be remembering the different people I have been to see it with, or all of the occasions in my life that have been marked by a visit. It could even be a direct effect of the music.

I don’t know. I actually don’t care why the production was so special to me. But despite my musical and theatrical tastes evolving so much over these 12 years, I kept on coming back, over and over again, and loved it every time. I love the bizarre costumes, the quasi-futuristic setting (which, over the years has felt less and less futuristic and more realistic) and the awesomely talented casts. More than anything else tonight, I loved the love in the room. The atmosphere was like being plugged into the National Grid for 3 hours, a fantastic audience showing their enthusiasm, and the cast bouncing straight off it. Rachael Wooding and Olly Tompsett were absolutely on top of their game; arguably my favourite Scaramouche and Galileo, their elation written across their faces and bouncing them around the stage.

I suspect this won’t really be the last we see of this musical, and the cast will certainly be appearing across the West End some time soon, but It is definitely the end of an era. The end of an amazing era. An era that has rocked.

Cast profile: Oliver Tompsett

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