Review: We Will Rock You, Sunderland Empire, until October 8

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WEARSIDE is rocking to the latest big musical production to be staged at the Sunderland Empire theatre.

And, with the musical song list consisting of Queen hits, there was never going to be any question about the quality on that score.

In fact, there was no questioning the quality of this amazing production on any level, acting, dancing, singing and comedy timing were all something not to be missed.

The Queen and Ben Elton smash hit musical takes the audience to a future world where making music is illegal and musical instruments have all been destroyed – or have they?

Galileo, played by former Hear’say singer, Noel Sullivan, is the Harry Potter of his day, the unlikely “chosen one” – his quest to bring back rock music before it’s too late.

With an amazing singing voice Sullivan works a hard shift belting out Queen classics tirelessly, but it is his co-star, Amanda Coutts, who plays the feisty Scaramouche, who steals the show with her fantastic voice and huge stage presence.

The entire cast, including Ian Reddington, best known for his television work, such as market inspector Tricky Dicky in Eastenders and hapless musician and partner of Liz McDonald, Vernon Tomlin, in Coronation Street, give outstanding performances.

Add to this mix 24 of Queen’s biggest hits played out by a live band, and you end up with a show which is a must-see for any Queen fan. Non-fans, if there are any, would be hard pressed not to enjoy it as well.

A little hint – don’t leave until the lights go up in the hope of avoiding the queues, or you might just miss the best bit.