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She's already Queen of the stage in the West End – and now Hinckley starlet Lauren Samuels is getting ready to tour the world.

The 24-year-old has been performing in the hit Queen musical We Will Rock You, in London, since last year, playing the major female role of Scaramouche and mastering classics including I Want to Break Free and Hammer to Fall.

Now, following a second stint at the Dominion Theatre, she is preparing for a world tour to celebrate the show's 10th anniversary.

"When the world tour came up and I was offered the opportunity to go, I snapped their hands off," said Lauren.

"It is tremendously exciting. The first half of the tour until June has been finalised and it includes dates all around Europe, including coming to Nottingham.

"The second half, which will include going to Australia and Japan, is yet to be finalised."

Lauren shot to fame in 2010 when she made it to the final three in the TV show Over the Rainbow, in which she competed for the role of Dorothy in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of The Wizard of Oz.

Since then, she has also starred as Sandy in the West End production of Grease.

Lauren's mum Sue Marshall, who lives in Hinckley, said her daughter was excited about the prospect of going on a world tour.

"She has been extremely busy since the latest spell as Scaramouche ended," said Sue.

"She has been down to Cardiff and I am sure she will be working until the tour leaves in February."

The We Will Rock You musical, which was written by Ben Elton to the music of Queen, tells of a world where performing music is illegal.

The world tour will see the show visit arenas in Finland, Denmark, Holland, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Bulgaria and the UK and Ireland in 2013.

According to the show backers, further dates in Japan, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia will be announced soon.

A spokesman said: "The multi-million pound production will be heading to the Nottingham Capital FM Arena for its first stop in the UK in March 2013, and then on to Dublin in April.

"It will return to the UK in May and June for dates at the Sheffield Motor Point Arena, the newly-developed Leeds Arena, the Belfast Odyssey and the Newcastle Metro Arena."

Announcing the tour, Queen's Brian May said: "After our first 10 years in tock theatricality, this is the next giant step for We Will Rock You."

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