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A reviews round-up of Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The smash-hit Broadway musical comes to the  Shaftesbury Theatre starring Shayne Ward and Justin Lee Collins.

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Shayne Ward in Rock of Ages

Shayne Ward in Rock of Ages

 

 

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STAR RATING The Guardian

“It’s a very peculiar show indeed, with an unvarying and unpleasant tone of careless sexualisation. Rock’n’roll debauchery is presented as the pure and innocent way of dreamers”

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STAR RATING The Daily Telegraph

“This is as unpleasant a pile of theatrical poo as it has ever been my misfortune to tread in. Yet another in the apparently endless parade of mindless jukebox musicals”

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STAR RATING Evening Standard

“[Shane] Ward, X Factor winner in 2005, and TV presenter Justin Lee Collins, as bar owner Dennis, are the headline names, but they feature little, mercifully so in Lee Collins’s case. Instead it’s largely left to the helpless Pemberton and Tompsett to grind through 31 identical-sounding songs. If you can’t make Cum On Feel The Noize zing, you’re scuppered.”

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STAR RATING The Independent

“More a mixtape than a juke-box musical, it manages to both glory in and lampoon the clichés of the rock genres it’s built on, with knowing nods to Axl Rose and David Lee Roth, and the odd X-rated joke about groupies and ping-pong balls, and wipes the floor with the Queen vehicle.”

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STAR RATING Daily Mail

“Not every theatregoer seeks intellectual stimulation at the end of a working day. Some just want to be amused and given a couple of cold beers. This schlock-rock goofabout may be the thing for them.”

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