The Rocky Horror Show began its life on 19th June 1973 in the upstairs part of the Royal Court Theatre, seating 63 people. Since then, it has captivated audiences, gained a devoted fan base, and been a smash hit on stage and on the big screen. For all of this, we have to thank Richard O’Brien, the father of the Rocky Horror Show, who wrote the script, music and lyrics.
The show is the story of recently engaged Brad Majors and Janet Weiss who get a flat tire while driving on a remote road on a stormy night. In search of a telephone, they walk back to a castle they’ve seen a few miles back, where they are taken on a strange journey of decadence, transvestism, sex and rock ‘n’ roll.
Brad and Janet were played by Ben Freeman (Happy Days, Wicked, Legally Blonde) and Diana Vickers (Hatched ‘n’ Dispatched, The Duck House, Fall of Little Voice). Freeman gave a great performance as Brad. Richard Meek (Hot Mikado, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Godspell) has now taken over the role. Vickers played Janet with a youthful innocence and naivety and, overall, her vocal performance was phenomenal, particularly during ‘Touch-A-Touch-A-Touch-A-Touch Me’.
Frank-N-Furter was played by Liam Tamne (Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Hairspray) who was fantastic in the role. Tamne pulled off the part as the cross-dressing, flamboyant, eccentric, persuasive doctor with style and confidence. His performance of ‘Sweet Transvestite’ was brilliant.
Kristian Lavercombe (Jesus Christ Superstar, Urinetown, Oliver!) and Kay Murphy (Matilda, The Tailor-Made Man, Top Hat) played Riff Raff and Magenta. Both of them gave amazing performances. Murphy also played the Usherette who opens and closes the show with ‘Science Fiction, Double Feature’. She has a wonderful voice and Lavercombe played the demented sidekick Riff Raff fabulously well.
Sophie Linder-Lee (Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Silence! – the Musical) gave an amazing performance as Columbia. Her tap dance solo during the ‘Time Warp’ was excellent and she has the perfect voice to hit the high notes the part requires. Eddie and Dr. Scott were played by Paul Cattermole (S Club 7 (band)),who gave an fantastic performance of ‘Hot Patootie – Bless My Soul’ and ‘Eddie’. Dominic Anderson (Cats) played the muscular piece of eye candy Rocky perfectly.
The highlight of the show is the iconic ‘Time Warp’ which is high energy, fabulous and gets the audience up and dancing along only twenty minutes into the show. Another standout number is ‘Rose Tint My World’.
Overall, it was an outstanding show. The Rocky Horror show, following a sold out two-week run at the Playhouse Theatre in London, is currently touring the UK. For full details of the tour dates and locations and to buy tickets, visit their website: http://rockyhorror.co.uk/