Rock of Ages
Newcastle Theatre Royal
Until Saturday 17 June 2023.
The musical about 1980s hair metal, starring Coronation Street’s Kevin Kennedy, pays a visit to Newcastle this week on its farewell tour. Based upon the 2012 film, it will be popular with the legion of fans of the old Newcastle Mayfair. So whether you preferred playing air guitar or Guitar Hero, this jukebox musical show has a selection that will be your cup of tea.
Centered around the Bourbon Rooms, a bar on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip owned by Denis Dupree (Kevin Kennedy) with his right hand man Lonny (Tim Oxbrow), this is a classic love story. Given that much of the 80s hair metal hits were often about love - this is a good fit. Expect Every Rose has Its Thorn and To Be With You to be sharing the stage with Dead Or Alive and Don't Stop Believing.
Sherrie (Gabriella Williams) wants to be an actress. She moves to LA to pursue her dream and she gets robbed as she steps off the bus. Fortunately the bar back at the Bourbon Rooms Drew, performed so well tonight by understudy Scott Hayward, was on hand to help her out. She ends up with a job at the Rooms whilst she auditions for that film role that she dreams of..
Rock of Ages plays Newcastle Theatre Royal Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 June 2023. Tickets can be purchased at www.theatreroyal.co.uk or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.
Matinees: Thu 2pm, Sat 2.30pm
Running time: 2hrs 30mins (including interval)
Recommended: 12+, strong language and sexual references
This performance features strobes, flashing lights, haze and loud noise