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Rock of Ages musical calls time on West End run

Members of the cast of Rock of Ages. Photo by Tristram Kenton
Image caption Rock of Ages opened in the West End in September 2011

The West End production of "jukebox" musical Rock of Ages is to close in the autumn after two years in London.

The show, which features classic rock hits from the 1980s by the likes of Journey, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi and Foreigner, will end its run at the Garrick Theatre on 2 November.

Rock of Ages originally opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in September 2011 before moving to its current home.

The show will embark on a UK national tour following its West End curtain.

When Rock of Ages opened, its cast included 2005 X Factor winner Shayne Ward as bad boy rock star Stacee Jaxx and Justin Lee Collins as music club owner Dennis Dupree.

Its current cast has Tim Howar, vocalist with Mike and the Mechanics, as Stacee Jaxx, the role that Tom Cruise played in the 2012 film version.

The show has had its share of celebrity fans, among them Cilla Black, Jeremy Clarkson and pop star Britney Spears.

Flamboyant rocker Alice Cooper made a surprise appearance last August, joining the cast on stage to perform his 1972 hit School's Out.

Productions of Rock of Ages can also be found in New York, Las Vegas and Stockholm in Sweden.

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