We Will Rock You – full cast announced including Ben Elton in West End stage debut

Queen musical We Will Rock You has announced full casting for its West End revival at the London Coliseum this summer.

Comedian, writer and director Ben Elton will make his acting stage debut in the show playing The Rebel Leader.

Ben Elton said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the incredible London Coliseum cast in the role of The Rebel Leader. The character is a massive Queen fan, rock tragic and general old fart who still plays air guitar to his bedroom mirror – so basically I’m perfect for the role! My ambition is to nail all the laughs and not mess up my song.”

Elton will join previously announced lead cast: Brenda Edwards as Killer Queen, Lee Mead (Holby City) as Khashoggi, Ian McIntosh (The Commitments) as Galileo Figaro, and Elena Skye (Kinky Boots, Les Miserables) as Scaramouche.

The cast is completed by Christine Allado (Meat), Adrian Hansel (Brit), Jenny O’Leary (alternate Killer Queen) and the ensemble comprises Glenn Adamson, Laura Ava-Scott, Esme Bacalla-Hayes, Liam Buckland, David Burilin, Victoria Collins, Isaac Edwards, Leanne Garretty, Lucy Glover, Ryesha Higgs, Ellis Linford-Pill, Shak Mancel James, David McIntosh, Danny Nattrass, Jarryd Nurden, Sam Robinson, Madison Swan, Karen Walker and Rebecca Wickes.

This brand new production of We Will Rock You, which has a book by Ben Elton and features the music of Queen, will play the London Coliseum this summer, from 2 June to 27 August 2023.

The show first premiered 20 years ago at the Dominion Theatre in May 2002 and was an immediate hit, running for over 12 years until May 2014.

We Will Rock You features over 24 of Queen’s greatest hits including “We Are The Champions”, “Radio Ga Ga”, “I Want To Break Free”, “Somebody To Love”, “Killer Queen”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Under Pressure”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Another One Bites The Dust” and “We Will Rock You”.

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📷 Main photo: Ben Elton as The Rebel Leader in We Will Rock You. Photo by Danny Khan

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