Justin Lee Collins and Shayne Ward in West End's Rock of Ages, booking now until February 2012

Posted: 3rd August 2011
Shayne Ward

Hairy, lairy, occasionally scary, West Country comedian and presenter Justin Lee Collins is joining X Factory product Shayne Ward in the West End version of hit US musical Rock of Ages.

The show, an immediate hit when it debuted in LA in 2006, opened Off-Broadway in 2008 and is now being made into a film rumoured to feature (are you sitting down?) Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin and accent wanderer Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Chris D'Arienzo's comedy musical incorporates many a soft rock classic into the eighties tale of aspiring rock star, Drew, a waiter in a Hollywood bar, and his girlfriend Sherrie, a wannabe actress. Justin Lee Collins takes the role of bar owner Dennis Dupree while Shayne Ward plays rock star Stacee Jaxx.

Collins will be making his second West End stage appearance after three shows playing Mr Cellophane in Chicago in 2009 as part of his Sky TV show 'JLC is…' Shayne Ward was the winner of the second series of ITV ratings-botherer the X Factor.

Ward also has the honour of claiming the third quickest selling single of all time in the UK when 'That's My Goal' (over there) sold 313,000 copies on its first day of release, behind Elton John's 'Candle in the Wind' and Will Young's 'Evergreen'. Some chart, that.

Featuring a string of hair-rock hits, the score includes Europe's 'Final Countdown', Journey's now ubiquitous 'Don't Stop Believin' and poodle-perm classics from Poison, Foreigner, Whitesnake, REO Speedwagon and even Slade.

Rock of Ages starring Justin Lee Collins and Shayne Ward is at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 31st August 2011 (previews until 2nd September), now booking to 11th February 2012.

We have tickets available now for all dates, starting at £20, with some performances already selling out.

Note that due to prior commitments, Shayne Ward will not be appearing on 17th September or 19th November.

Stewart Darkin