The Queen's Jubilee has turned out to be golden for pop group Queen as well as Her Majesty: Brian May's appearance at the Buckingham Palace pop concert gave a useful burst of free publicity to the Queen musical We Will Rock You.
The show is now regularly breaking box-office records at the Dominion Theatre, with a recent seven-day gross of nearly £800,000 — the largest ever recorded at the Dominion.
We Will Rock You is written by Ben Elton, who hosted the party at the Palace, and the musical's success will be a welcome boost for him after the relative disappointment of Beautiful Game, the football musical that he wrote with Andrew Lloyd Webber, and which deserved a far longer run at the Cambridge Theatre than was the case.
It is believed that talks are underway to take We Will Rock You to the States next year.
—By Paul Webb Theatrenow