Photo Exclusive: Justin Lee Collins and Shayne Ward in new West End musical Rock of Ages.

The smash-hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages has started to rock London, with preview shows now playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre, and an opening night set for 27 September 2011.

The show is headlined by Justin Lee Collins and Shayne Ward, joined by West End stars Amy Pemberton, Oliver Tompsett and Simon Lipkin.

The high-profile new show sees TV and radio personality Justin Lee Collins play bar owner and ageing hippy, Dennis Dupree, a role originally played in the LA stage show by Tenacious D’s Kyle Gass.

Rock of Ages celebrates (glam)rock music of the 80’s, featuring hit songs by Bon Jovi, Journey, Whitesnake, Poison, Pat Benatar and many more. Set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, a small town girl meets a big city rocker in LA’s most famous rock club and they fall in love, set against the greatest songs of the 80s. This arena-rock love story is told through a succession of rock hits including I Wanna Rock, We’re Not Gonna Take It, Come on Feel the Noize, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Don’t Stop Believin’, Dead or Alive, We Built This City, I Wanna Know What Love Is and The Final Countdown.

The musical features a book by Chris D’Arienzo, and a Hollywood movie version is currently in production starring Tom Cruise, Russell Brand and Paul Giamatti.

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, are taken by West End stars Amy Pemberton (Footloose, Jersey Boys) and Oliver Tompsett (Fiyero in Wicked).

Photos by Roy Tan.

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