"Some of it was indeed very good, and very loud, and very rude."
-What's On Stage-

""...A frantic, unlovely production...""
-Evening Standard-

""It climaxes, inevitably, with Don't Stop Believin' and one thinks: Stop? I never started.""
-The Guardian-

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About the show

The date is 1987. The place is Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. As wannabe rocker Drew (a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit) meets aspiring actress Sherrie (a small-town girl, living in a lonely world), the path of true love begins to get decidedly rocky. Throwing together a collection of some of the biggest tunes from the 1980s Rock of Ages is billed as one of the biggest parties in London. A juke-box musical of the next generation, this show will have you on your feet, waving your lighter and rocking in the aisles.

The show has gained greater popularity thanks to the Hollywood film adaptation which starred Tom Jones and Catherine Zeta Jones. After surprising audiences around the world, the film version of the musical uses the same epic songs whilst adding a collection of new numbers that helped it take off. The London production is directed by Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine, featuring music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Ethan Popp and David Gibbs.

The show features a host of hit songs including: 'The Final Countdown', 'Anyway You Want It', 'Can't Fight This Feeling', and 'I Want to Know What Love Is'.

Who Should See It?

Fans of solid rock music will love this show, along with those who don't usually enjoy musicals. Teenagers will enjoy seeing X Factor winner Shane Ward on stage along with comedian Justin Lee Collins. This is a show for those who like to laugh, sing along and play along with their air guitar.

Children under 14 are not recommended and those under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. The show covers some adult themes, with some bad language along the way and some skimpy costumes. Please use your own judgement wisely. Children under 5 will not be admitted.


Drew Boley - an aspiring rocker who works as a busboy in the Hollywood club 'The Bourbon Room'. He falls in love with Sherrie and gets her a job at the restaurant.

Sherrie Christian - a small-town girl living in a lonely world. Arriving to Hollywood from Kansas, she is an aspiring actress but ends up waiting tables. She is the object of Drew's affections.

Hertz Klinemann - a German developer who has his eyes on the Sunset Strip and wants to introduce a more 'homely' way of living. He convinces the Mayor to demolish The Bourbon Room.

Regina - the city planner who is outraged by the proposed new changes to the town. She sings 'We Built this City' and begins to protest against the redevelopment.

Justice Charlier - the owner of the 'Venus' club who offers Sherrie a job as a stripper.


Nominated for 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical.

Playing at

Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
Seating Plan

Garrick Theatre seating plan

Booking period

18th Jan 2013

11th Apr 2021

2nd Nov 2013

Running time

2 hours 20 minutes