Rock of Ages at Shaftesbury Theatre tickets
Rock of Ages at Shaftesbury Theatre tickets

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Rock of Ages is a jukebox musical that utilises classic rock songs from the 1980s, with an original plot written by Chris D’Arienzo and directed by Kristin Hanggi. ‘I Wanna Rock’, ‘We Built This City’ and ‘Don't Stop Believin'’ are just a small selection of the thirty classic rock songs that pepper what is being called ‘a raucous new addition to the West End theatre’ by the Independent.

Set against the backdrop of LA’s Sunset Strip in the late 1980s, we meet Drew, a young aspiring musician who makes ends meet by working at the Bourbon Club, an establishment known for giving many a rock star their first big break. Drew’s lofty ambitions are shared by small-town girl Sherrie, who has come to LA with the hope of making it big in Hollywood. The pair’s shared dreams are what brings them together, but when rock god Stacee Jaxx arrives on the scene and sweeps Sherrie off her feet, the young lover’s relationship is called into question as love and fame collides.

Rock of Ages began its life playing in clubs and off-Broadway venues, before transferring to Broadway in 2009. The rock musical’s appeal is not limited to the stage, with the 2012 film adaptation seeing stars such as Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin and Catherine Zeta-Jones don their musical theatre hats.

The London production sees TV presenter and comedian Justin Lee Collins take on the role of Dennis Dupree, the aging hippy who owns the Bourbon Club, the bar in which Drew (Oliver Tompsett) and love interest Sherrie (Natalie Andreou) work. Tompsett is best-known for playing Fiyero in the West End production of Wicked. X Factor alumni Shane Ward features as Stacee Jaxx, the debauched rock god who attempts to come between the two young lovers.

Recommended for

The content of this musical is very rock n’ roll – crude humour and mild sexual references are used throughout, meaning the production may not be suitable for audience members younger than 12.

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Opened: 23 Aug 2011
Press night: 27 Sep 2011
Booking from: 23 Aug 2011
Booking until: 06 Jan 2013

Location and map

Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, WC2H 8DP

9 Reviews Add review

I love this show every time I go to see it. It's so funny and is full of 80's rock hits that I can't help but sing along to. Such a... More

BethMGx 5"8, 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

markeastaugh 6"1, 226 reviews, 3 helpful votes

markeastaugh 6"1, 226 reviews, 3 helpful votes

lishoefer 176cm, 29 reviews, 1 helpful vote

The show was amazing the sets and cast were unbelievable.

sarahward 5 foot, 273 reviews, 1 helpful vote

hayleyculverhouse 5"5, 184 reviews, 3 helpful votes

hayleyculverhouse 5"5, 184 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I was really enjoyed the show.

urszulawroblewska 1 review, 0 helpful votes

laurenmaytheatre 5"7, 387 reviews, 10 helpful votes