Rock Of Ages – The Musical – Darlington Hippodrome – Review

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Last Night Darlington Hippodrome well and truly rocked!

A night that had the audience laughing with the tongue in cheek humour from the get-go. A live band and cast performing over 25 high energy classic rock anthems with brilliant choreography and stage presence it was impossible not to come away feeling energised and ready to rock some more!

With songs such as We Built This City, Feel The Noize, Dead or Alive and everyone’s favourite sing-along classic rock song Don’t Sop Believin’ you will find it impossible to stay in your seat by the end of the evening.


Kevin Kennedy playing Dennis in Rock of Ages

The cast with Darlington’s very own Zoe Birkett playing Justice, Kevin Kennedy playing Dennis (who most will remember as Curly Watts in Coronation Street),  and leading lady Danielle Hope winner of BBC One’s Over The Rainbow plays Sherrie.


Danielle Hope playing Sherrie is Rock of Ages. 

Rock of Ages is a story centralised around the legendary club The Bourbon Room on the Sunset Strip in L.A. It follows Sherrie (Danielle Hope) as she leaves the midwest in search of stardom in L.A. Not long after arriving she finds herself in trouble and Drew (Luke Walsh) comes to her rescue. As they both pursue their dream they realise that the path of love is not always as easy as it seems. With the help of Dennis (Kevin Kennedy) and Lonny (Lucas Rush) Drew gets a break but at the same time, a misunderstanding involving the rock god Stacee Jax (Sam Ferriday) means tensions are high. As the young couples love story unfolds were reminded, by a highly entertaining and brilliant performance by Lonny (who also comes on as narrator too), that changes are being forced upon the sunset strip and the effects it has on so many.

The show doesn’t take its self too seriously, with its humour and interaction with the crowd by a highly entertaining, brilliant performance by Lonny.  From over the top choir outfits to mini motorbikes that just fit in perfectly with the humour of the whole show. That’s not to say the staging is lacking, not at all, from the very start with the lights, speakers, smoke machine, live band and impressive set your eyes really don’t know where to focus at first.

For me seeing Zoe Birkett really shine and use that stage with her amazing voice and presence ,was a real moment, you could hear the pride in her voice as she encourages the crowd to clap along, which we all do before she even finishes the word’s ‘Come on Darlo’, truly a small-town girl who has kept Darlington at her heart wherever her talent has taken her. I only wish she had more time to sing throughout. That being said the whole show was remarkable with the whole cast having fantastic vocals with some outstanding note holding, the staging and wardrobe were fitting for the era, then the shock factor wardrobe change in certain parts certainly added to the entertainment.


Zoe Birkett playing Justice

The audience was rapturous in applause after nearly every song combine that with the belly laughs from most of the audience for the comedy aspects it was a rocking great evening!

Rock Of Ages runs at Darlington Hippodrome from Monday 8 to Saturday 13 October.
For more information or to book call 01325 405405 or visit

I was kindly invited along to review Rock of Ages and this time my wonderful mum accompanied me to Darlington Hippodrome, with her musical influences over the years and fond memories listening to the likes of Meat Loaf, Bon Jovi and Queen in my childhood as well as the many concerts we have been lucky to go too together over the years, enjoying our love of indie and rock music it made perfect sense to share this occasion with my mum. It was a night we won’t forget any time soon, especially the bit where Lonny appeared rocking out next to my mum as we were stood dancing at the end of the evening! Thank you all you wonderful team at Rock of Ages 🤟🏻🤟🏻


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