Q&A: Talking with We Will Rock You’s Oliver Tompsett

Q&A: Talking with We Will Rock You’s Oliver Tompsett

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    Oliver Thompsett took over as Galileo on October 8th 2012 in WE WILL ROCK YOU at the Dominion Theatre. A lifelong fan of Queen and Freddie Mercury, upon joining WWRY Oliver said, “To sing the music of Queen to a large crowd really is a dream come true!”

    Most recently Oliver starred as Drew Boley in ROCK OF AGES, a role he originated on the West End. He’s also known for his portrayal of Fiyero in WICKED. His other theatre credits include the Ghost workshop in the leading role of Sam, as well as The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Mamma Mia!, Our House, Kismet, and Over My Shoulder. Oliver has also proven himself an accomplished singer/songwriter with his debut album, Sentimental Heart.

    WE WILL ROCK YOU is now in its 11th year. Why do you think it is still such a big hit?

    Queen music is timeless and also the sheer scale of the lighting, the sound and the performances leaves audiences wanting to come back and watch it all over again.

    We hear you are a big Queen fan. Is it a huge thrill to sing their songs live on stage every night?

    It really is a dream come true fusing the words and melodies that come from the minds of Queen and the voice of Freddie Mercury in front of 2,000 people every night. For 3 hours every day I get to be a rock star!

    Do you have a favourite Queen song?

    There are so many songs that I could choose depending on my mood but being an actor there isn’t a song in the world that speaks to me as much as The Show Must Go On. It is full of heart and the music captures complete drama.

    What can you tell us about your character, Galileo?

    Previously I had seen Galileo as the affected man that doesn’t fit in but I have discovered in my interpretation that he is actually more switched on and in touch with his feelings than the rest. He’s cool, confident and rebels experiencing genuine pain that the rest of the planet can’t see things the way he does. All he has been waiting for is the sense of belonging that Scaramouche and the Bohemians give him so that he can become the leader and rock star he has always dreamed of being.

    You recently finished playing Drew in Rock of Ages. Any secret desires to be a rock ‘n’ roll star?

    Doesn’t everyone?! To pretend is enough for me. I’m more of a home comforts kind of guy.

    How would you persuade our customers to see WE WILL ROCK YOU or to re-visit it again?

    I have seen We Will Rock You several times over the past 11 years and I have seen excellent performances from individuals each time but what makes this year different is the collective might and energy from a fresh, funny and powerful cast. They keep the excitement and tension in the storyline, which leads to the climax of the rock concert finale showcasing some of the best voices there are. I have to raise my game every night just to hold my own opposite the talent of my co-performers.