Rock of Ages Begins Performances Aug. 31 at the Shaftesbury Theatre | Playbill

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News Rock of Ages Begins Performances Aug. 31 at the Shaftesbury Theatre The West End edition of Broadway’s Rock of Ages begins performances Aug. 31 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, prior to an official opening Sept. 27. The company is led by British TV and radio personality Justin Lee Collins and Shayne Warner, 2005 winner of the U.K. edition of “The X Factor."

They respectively play the roles of bar owner and aging hippy, Dennis Dupree (played in the original LA stage show by Tenacious D’s Kyle Gass, and being played in the forthcoming film version by Alec Baldwin), and disillusioned rock bad boy Stacee Jaxx.

They are joined in principal roles by Amy Pemberton, Oliver Tompsett and Simon Lipkin. Pemberton and Tompsett respecitvely play the roles of the small-town girl and boy Sherrie and Drew, who meet, fall in love, lose each other then struggle to fight for their love, while Lipkin plays the wise-cracking narrator Lonny.

Also in the cast are Rohan Tickell, Rachel McFarlane, Jodie Jacobs, Sandy Moffatt, Nathan Amzi, Natalie Andreou, Grant Anthony, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Cordelia Farnworth, Ian McIntosh, Twinnie-Lee Moore, Jamie Muscato, Andrew Spillett, Zizi Strallen, Amy Thornton and Dylan Turner.

The show is a celebration of Los Angeles rock culture. Set in 1987, a small town girl meets a big city rocker in L.A.'s most famous rock club and they fall in love to some of the greatest songs of the decade, such as "We Built This City," "The Final Countdown," "I Wanna Know What Love Is," "Here I Go Again" and "Don’t Stop Believin'."

Rock of Ages is written by Chris D'Arienzo, directed by Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine. Scenic design is by Beowulf Boritt, costume design is by Tony Award nominee Gregory Gale, lighting design is by Jason Lyons, sound design is by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski, and projection design is by Zachary Borovay. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7379 5399 or visit

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