Since it first opened in London in June 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show has become the world’s favourite Rock ‘N’ Roll musical, having been performed worldwide for 45 years in more than 30 countries and translated into over 20 languages. This critically-acclaimed stunning new production is now back by public demand and returns for a 12 month UK tour starting at Theatre Royal Brighton on 13 December 2018.
This classic musical extravaganza will star Blue singer and Hollyoaks actor Duncan James* and West End star Stephen Webb* as Frank, Strictly Come Dancing Champion Joanne Clifton* as Janet and a1’s Ben Adams* as Brad. Kristian Lavercombe will also be reprising his role as Riff Raff, following more than 1300 performances in The Rocky Horror Show around the world. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the smash hit show features all of the famous musical numbers which have made The Rocky Horror Show such a huge hit for over four decades, including “Sweet Transvestite”, “Science Fiction/Double Feature”, “Dammit Janet” and, of course, the timeless floor-filler, “The Time-Warp”.
The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank’n’Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house whilst on their way to visit their favourite college professor. It’s an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits. The Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music while encouraging audience participation meaning, of course, getting dressed in the most outrageous fancy dress.
The Rocky Horror Show first began life in 1973 before an audience of just 63 people in the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs. It was an immediate success and transferred to the Chelsea Classic Cinema, before going on to run at the Kings Road Theatre, 1973-79 and the Comedy Theatre in the West End, 1979-80. In 1975 it was transformed into a film called ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’. This film adaptation took over $135 million at the Box Office and is still shown in cinemas around the world more than 40 years after its premiere, making it the longest running theatrical release in cinema history. Many stars including Russell Crowe, Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Jerry Springer, Jason Donovan and Meatloaf have appeared in The Rocky Horror Show over the past 45 years.
In 2015, as part of a sold-out season at London’s Playhouse Theatre, a special star-studded Gala charity performance in aid of Amnesty International was broadcast to over 600 cinemas across the UK and Europe. The live screening – featuring a host of celebrities playing The Narrator including Stephen Fry, Mel Giedroyc, Emma Bunton, Ade Edmondson, Anthony Head and Richard O’Brien – smashed box office records and was the biggest grossing film in cinemas across the UK. The performance was subsequently screened on the Sky Arts channel.
Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, The Rocky Horror Show is the boldest bash of them all. But be warned, this show has rude parts!
The Rocky Horror Show 2018 / 2019 UK Tour Dates
Theatre Royal Brighton 13 December 2018 – 5 January 2019
Opera House Manchester 9 January – 26 January 2019
Sunderland Empire 28 January – 2 February 2019
Milton Keynes Theatre 4 February – 9 February 2019
New Wimbledon Theatre 11 February – 16 February 2019
Sheffield Lyceum 18 February – 23 February 2019
Princess Theatre Torquay 25 February – 2 March 2019
New Victoria Theatre Woking 4 March – 9 March 2019
Grand Opera House Belfast 18 March – 23 March 2019
New Theatre Oxford 25 March – 30 March 2019
Mayflower Theatre Southampton 8 April – 13 April 2019
Churchill Theatre Bromley 15 April – 20 April 2019
Liverpool Empire Liverpool 29 April – 4 May 2019
New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham 13 May – 25 May 2019
Regent Theatre, Stoke-On-Trent 3 June – 8 June 2019
Grand Opera House York 10 June – 15 June 2019
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre 17 June – 22 June 2019
Winter Gardens Blackpool 24 June – 29 June 2019
King’s Theatre Glasgow 12 August – 17 August 2019
Leeds Grand Theatre 19 August – 24 August 2019
Royal Concert Hall Nottingham 28 August – 1 September 2019
Orchard Theatre Dartford 23 September – 28 September 2019
Edinburgh Playhouse 28 October – 2 November 2019
Duncan James performs at Oxford, Southampton, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Stoke-On-Trent, Blackpool, Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham, Edinburgh
Stephen Webb performs at Brighton, Manchester, Sunderland, Milton Keynes, Wimbledon, Sheffield, Torquay, Woking, Belfast, Bromley, York, Dartford
Joanne Clifton performs until 25 May
Ben Adams performs until 25 May
Further cast includes:
Columbia – Miracle Chance
Eddie/Dr Scott – Ross Chisari
Rocky – Callum Evans
Magenta/Usherette – Laura Harrison
Phantom – Reece Budin
Phantom – Shelby Farmer
Phantom – Katie Monks
Phantom – Jake Small
Swing & Resident Choreographer – Andrew Ahern
Swing & Dance Captain – Maddie Hope Coelho
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