An iconic and glamorous rock and roll musical is the theatre Royal, Brighton’s must-see Christmas production this year.
Since its first appearance at the Royal Court Theatre in June 1973, Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show has become one of the world’s favourite musicals. It has been performed worldwide for nearly 40 years in more than 30 countries in every continent and translated into more than 20 languages.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary, Christopher Luscombe is creating a new production for a year-long UK National adventure which opens in Brighton and runs from December 20 to January 5.
West End star Oliver Thornton, who has appeared in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Phantom Of the Opera, Les Miserables, Chicago and Starlight Express, will follow in the footsteps of Tim Curry when he stars as the lead character of Frank ‘n’ Furter.
Double-platinum selling artist, Rhydian, who shot to fame on X Factor before starring in We Will Rock You and Grease will star as Rocky.
Former Emmerdale and Waterloo Road actress Roxanne Pallett will star as Janet and Ben Forster, who won the ITV1 series Superstar and then went on to play the lead in Jesus Christ Superstar will star as Brad. This musical extravaganza will feature all of its famous musical classics including 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 former college professor.
It is an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits.
Directed by Christopher Luscombe the production is a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music and encourages audience participation meaning, of course, getting dressed in your most outrageous fancy dress.
The Rocky Horror Show was transformed into a 1974 film called The Rocky Horror Picture Show was first performed on June 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre. It was an immediate success. This film adaptation took over $135 million at the box office and is still shown in cinemas around the world 38 years after its premiere, making it the longest running theatrical release in film history.
Many stars, including Russell Crowe, Tim Curry, Jerry Springer and Meatloaf have appeared in Rocky Horror Show over the past 40 years.
Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, O’Brien’s production is the boldest bash of them all.
Be warned, this show has rude parts!
Contact the Box Office on: 0844 871 7650. www.atgtickets.com/brighton. Tickets cost £15 to £29.50.