Wednesday, September 12

Oliver Tompsett and Rachael Wooding Joining We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You has announced new cast members in the lead roles of Galileo and Scaramouche with Oliver Tompsett and Rachael Wooding taking over from Noel Sullivan and Lauren Samuels at the Dominion Theatre from October 8th.

Oliver Tompsett created the role of rock god Drew in Rock of Ages and has also appeared in the Olivier award-winning Madness musical Our House, Mamma Mia! and as Fiyero in Wicked!

Rachael Wooding has been in Hairspray, Jersey Boys and on tour in the title role of Evita. She is returning to We Will Rock You having played the role of Meat between 2006-2007.

Tompsett and Wooding are the only recasting of principals with  Kevin Kennedy (Pop), Brenda Edwards (Killer Queen), Rachel John (Meat), Wayne Robinson (Britney) and Alisdair Harvey (Khashoggi) all continuing in their roles. The current changeover will see in 15 new ensemble members.

The show has recently celebrated its 10th birthday, and about to hit its 4,000th performance on September 20th. There is also a 10th Anniversary World Arena Tour which kicks off in March 2013 at Nottingham Trent Arena. A special anniversary cast soundtrack is also to be released as a special 2 CD and DD set offering 11 additional and previously unavailable recordings.  This will be released on 15th October 2012.

Queen’s Brian May said:  “We're very excited to welcome our two new leading stars to ‘We Will Rock You’ London. We have had our eye on Olly Tompsett for a while, always thinking he would make a great Galileo.  It turns out he had had his eye on us too!  So that will be something momentous.  He will bring something special to the part, and I know his many fans will love seeing him interpret this role.  Rachael Wooding is, of course, an old and respected friend and was great in the role of Meat.  We had always hoped that she would return one day and take on Scara.  When we saw her this time we immediately realised this was the moment. Oliver and Rachel will be an explosive combination - can't wait!”

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