ROCK OF AGES to Launch UK Tour in May

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ROCK OF AGES to Launch UK Tour in May

Following a three-year run in London's West End, audiences around the country will get the chance to enjoy ROCK OF AGES The Musical as it embarks on a UK tour, opening at The Palace Theatre, Manchester on 5th May 2014.

The show will then tour to: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Torquay, Nottingham, Bromley, Bradford, Aylesbury, Bristol, Stoke, Liverpool, Sunderland, Glasgow, Brighton, Milton Keynes, Woking, York, Southampton, Dublin, Belfast, Hull, Cardiff, Oxford, Sheffield, Southend and Wimbledon.

Ben Richards will star as rock god Stacee Jaxx, with more casting to be announced soon. Richards is best known for playing Bruno Milligan in ITV hit-television series Footballers Wives, along with roles in The Bill and Holby City, and as a regular judge on the BBC's Strictly Dance Fever. He returns to the stage in Rock of Ages after an extensive career in London's West End and around the UK. Previous theatre credits include Sky Masterton in Guys and Dolls(West End and UK tour), Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever (West End and UK tour), and Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty (West End). Richards' film credits include Julie and the Cadillacs and Bring Me The Head of Mavis Davis.

Noel Sullivan stars alongside Ben Richards as Drew Boley. Noel is currently playing Tick in the UK and Ireland tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and has previously starred as Galileo in We Will Rock You and Danny Zuko in Grease, both in the West End. Sullivan is also well-known as a member of the pop group Hear'Say, completing multiple arena tours with the band. Other theatre credits include young Yusef Islam in Moonshadow (Royal Albert Hall), Black Mountain Male Chorus of Wales (US Tour), Nick Piazza in Fame the Musical (Edinburgh Playhouse). TV Credits include: Gavin and Stacey, Popstars, Meet the Popstars, Hear'say It's Saturday, Hear'say the Next Chapter, The Royal Variety Show and Top Of The Pops.

ROCK OF AGES The Musical is the ultimate rock mix-tape musical, an hilarious story of dreams, love and - of course - rock. A celebration of classic 80s rock culture, the show tells the story of a small town girl and a big city rocker falling in love to the greatest songs of the decade. Featuring memorable tunes such as 'We Built This City', 'The Final Countdown', 'I Wanna Know What Love Is' and 'Don't Stop Believin', the show brings its wild celebration of Los Angeles rock culture to the UK. Warning: this show may unleash your inner rock god, and have you reaching for your air guitar in the aisles.

**** Infectious. A feelgood, singalong, rock 'n' roll musical that's hard to fault

(Independent, Pierre Perrone)

Following the musical's onstage success around the globe, a star-studded movie version of the show was released in 2012. It starred, amongst others, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

ROCK OF AGES The Musical is written by Chris D'Arienzo, directed by Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine. The UK Associate Director & Choreographer for this tour is Leigh Constantine, and the UK Musical Supervisor is Elliott Ware. Scenic design for the production is by Beowulf Boritt, costume design is by Tony Award nominee Gregory Gale, lighting design is by Jason Lyons, sound design is by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski, and projection design is by Zachary Borovay. Further casting will be announced soon.

For further information please contact Charlotte Bayley at The Corner Shop PR on 020 7831 7657 or emailcharlotte@thecornershoppr.com

-ENDS-

LISTINGS

Website: www.rockofagesmusical.co.uk

UK tour schedule:

Monday 5 May 2014 - Saturday 10 May 2014
PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
Press Night: Tuesday 6 May, 7.30pm
www.atgtickets.com/manchester
0844 871 3019

Monday 12 May 2014 - Saturday 17 May 2014
NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE BIRMINGHAM
http://www.atgtickets.com/birmingham
0844 848 2700

Monday 19 May 2014 - Saturday 24 May 2014
EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE
http://www.atgtickets.com/edinburgh
0844 871 3014

Monday 2 June 2014 - Saturday 7 June 2014
PRINCESS THEATRE TORQUAY
http://www.atgtickets.com/torquay
0844 871 3023

Monday 9 June 2014 - Saturday 14 June 2014
NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL
http://www.trch.co.uk/
0115 989 5555

Monday 16 June 2014 - Saturday 21 June 2014
THE CHURCHILL THEATRE BROMLEY
http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/rock-of-ages/the-churchill-theatre-bromley/
0844 871 7620

Monday 23 June 2014 - Saturday 28 June 2014
BRADFORD ST GEORGE'S HALL
http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/bradford-st-georges-hall/
01274 432375

Monday 30 June 2014 - Saturday 5 July 2014
AYLESBURY WATERSIDE THEATRE
http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/rock-of-ages/aylesbury-waterside-theatre/
0844 871 7627

Monday 7 July2014 - Saturday 12 July 2014
BRISTOL HIPPODROME
www.atgtickets.com/venues/bristol-hippodrome
0844 871 3012

Monday 14 July 2014 - Saturday 19 July 2014
REGENT THEATRE STOKE
www.atgtickets.com/venues/regent-theatre
0844 871 7627

Monday 21 July 2014 - Saturday 26 July 2014
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE
www.atgtickets.com/venues/liverpool-empire
0844 871 3017

Monday 28 July 2014 - Saturday 2 August 2014
SUNDERLAND EMPIRE
http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire/
0844 871 3022

Monday 4 August 2014 - Saturday 9 August 2014
KINGS THEATRE, GLASGOW
www.atgtickets.com/glasgow
0844 871 7648

Monday 11 August 2014 - Saturday 16 August 2014
THEATRE ROYAL, BRIGHTON
http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/theatre-royal-brighton/
0844 871 7627

Monday 18 August 2014 - Saturday 23 August 2014
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE
www.atgtickets.com/milton-keynes-theatre
0844 871 7652

Monday 25 August 2014 - Saturday 30 August 2014
NEW VICTORIA THEATRE WOKING
http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-victoria-theatre/
0844 871 7645

Monday 1 September 2014 - Saturday 6 September 2014
GRAND OPERA HOUSE YORK
http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/grand-opera-house-york/
0844 871 3024

Monday 8 September - Saturday 13 September 2014
SOUTHAMPTON
www.mayflower.org.uk
023 8071 1811

Monday 15 September 2014 - Saturday 20 September 2014
DUBLIN
www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
(Ireland) 0818 719 377 (UK) 0844 847 2455

Monday 22 September 2014 - Saturday 27 September 2014
BELFAST
www.goh.co.uk
028 9024 1919

Monday 29 September 2014 - Saturday 4 October 2014
HULL
http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/hull-new-theatre/
01482 300300

Monday 6 October 2014 - Saturday 11 October 2014
CARDIFFF NEW THEATRE
www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk
029 2087 8889

Monday 20 October 2014 - Saturday 25 October 2014
NEW THEATRE, OXFORD
www.atgtickets.com/oxford
0844 871 3020

Monday 27 October 2014 - Saturday 1 November 2014
LYCEUM THEATRE, SHEFFIELD
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
0114 249 6000

Monday 10 November 2014 - Saturday 15 November 2014
SOUTHEND
www.southendtheatres.org.uk
01702 351135

Monday 17 November 2014 - Saturday 22 November 2014
WIMBLEDON
http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre/
020 8545 7900

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