Rock of Ages Opens at West End's Shaftesbury Theatre Sept. 28

News   Rock of Ages Opens at West End's Shaftesbury Theatre Sept. 28
The West End edition of Broadway’s Rock of Ages officially opens Sept. 28 with a gala performance, following previews that began Aug. 31. The company is led by British TV and radio personality Justin Lee Collins and Shayne Ward, 2005 winner of the U.K. edition of “The X Factor."

Oliver Tompsett
Oliver Tompsett Photo by Ben Pruchnie

They respectively play the roles of bar owner and aging hippy, Dennis Dupree (played in the original L.A. 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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