We Will Rock You review: A contemptuous and exploitative disappointment

Ben Elton loots Arthurian legend in the revival of his Queen musical in which he now casts himself as rancid old hippy Pop.

This post apocalypse Merlin helps save the world from corporate totalitarianism by locating ‘The Axe’, aka an electric guitar, and liberating the planet through live music.

An 11 year-old with access to his grandad’s vinyl collection would have made a better job of this. 21 years after the premiere of this contemptuous, exploitative sewage, Elton is still sneering all the way to the bank.

  • London Coliseum until August 27. Tickets: 020 7845 9300

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