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Rocky Horror Show
July 22nd - July 27th
Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical returns to the UK as part of a sell-out worldwide tour, having now been seen by over 30 million theatregoers.
Starring Strictly Come Dancing Champion Joanne Clifton as Janet, James Darch (An Officer and a Gentleman, Wicked, Mamma Mia) as Brad alongside West End star Stephen Webb as Frank ‘N’ Furter and Kristian Lavercombe, who reprises his role as Riff Raff following more than 1500 performances around the world. Comedian Steve Punt (Punt & Dennis, BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show) guest stars as The Narrator.
Directed by Christopher Luscombe and featuring timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp, The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids: Brad and his fiancée Janet. When by a twist of fate, their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion whilst on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank’n’Furter. It’s an adventure they’ll never forget…
‘FRESH, SUBVERSIVE, ESSENTIAL’ The Telegraph
Running Time: Approx. 1 hour 53 minutes, including a 20-minute interval.
Choice Radio Worcester
If there is one musical which continually re-invents itself, bringing its energy and charm to a brand-new audience as well as retaining its hard-core fans, then it must be Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show. Opening in June 1973, O'Brien's story of a pair of lovers who unexpectedly find themselves in a completely different world headed by Frank N Furter and his motley bunch of friends/workers/lovers/Phantoms has been a perennial favourite on the touring circuit for years and as such, with clever and varied casting particularly in the main roles of Frank and The Narrator, continues to draw a huge and very involved audience. Indeed, the involvement of the audience is as important an element as the story itself and tests every Narrator to the extreme.
With the current tour boasting a number of different narrators (Alison Hammond being chosen as Narrator for the recent shows in Birmingham), in Malvern the show features a stalwart in the role - Steve Punt, a comedian with a suitably deadpan delivery whilst also having the skills to ad-lib back to the audience. And, of course, the audience knows exactly what was expected of them, filling in the built-in pauses in the script where necessary. Indeed, a show where the audience did not enthusiastically fill in the gaps would be a pretty dismal affair!
In this show, the muscular Frank is played by Stephen Webb with James Darch as clean-cut Brad and alongside this pair is Joanne Clifton as Brad's other half Janet (dammit!). The pivotal role of Riff Raff is still the domain of Kristian Lavercombe, who has basically made the role his own having done it now for more than 1500 performances. Kudos too for the very energetic and acrobatic Callum Evans who was obviously much-loved in the title role of Rocky and who expertly carried out his aerobics perfectly on the smaller Malvern stage.
The whole cast worked brilliantly - as, to be fair, did the audience! - and the musical accompaniment from the live band hidden away at the top of the stage was superb. The spectacular and colourful ending using smoke and lights was also beautifully done.
It certainly seems that the show, forever being refreshed with new casting and effects, is set to continue for many years to come.
Absolutely brilliant! A must see in Malvern and don't forget to dress up! Audience participation essential.
Absolutely loved the performance and so did my 15 year old daughter. Fantastic cast Fantastic musicians Fantastic fans what more can I say
What can we say, this cast is just fantastic, the show as ever is awesome!
We’ve been twice already this time around and intend to go at least once more.
Just a fantastic show!
Rocky Horror was superb tonight, a brilliantly cast production, the band were fantastic, we timewarped in the aisles, sang along and had loads of laughs!!!!