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With music, lyrics and a book by Richard O’ Brien, the Rocky Horror Picture Show opened in the Royal Court theatre London in 1973. Nominated for Tony awards, this piece has become a cult classic known for its audience participation, with many people dressing in the costumes of their favourite characters and joining in with the actors, as they deliver the well-known lines.

A critically acclaimed new production directed by Christopher Luscombe is currently touring the UK.

This story tells of an all-American couple Brad and Janet. When their car breaks down one stormy night, they seek help at the castle of Transylvanian transvestite scientist Dr Frank-N-Furter. In true B movie style of the 1940’s, Frank -N- Furter is about to unveil his new creation Rocky; the perfect specimen of a man, with muscles “blond hair and a tan”, to the party of people gathered at the castle especially for the occasion.

Hugh Durrant’s set smoothly transfers from castle to laboratory; Nick Richings bright coloured lighting fills the stage; Sue Blane’s glitzy costumes all combine with each other perfectly to transport the viewer into the wacky, zany, world of Dr Frank-N-Furter. Nathan M Wright’s high energy chorography is delivered with precision and enthusiasm by the talented cast members, accompanied by the terrific live band directed by George Carter.

Alison Hammond as the narrator received a rousing reception from the Birmingham audience and gave a good performance as the narrator reacting to the ad libs from the crowd with quick wit and humour. Ben Adams (Brad) and Joanne Clifton (Janet), have excellent chemistry with each other and give convincing performances. Adam’s voice really suits Brad’s songs whilst Clifton is charming as wide-eyed Janet.

Laura Harrison (Magenta) and Kristian Lavercombe (Rif-Raf) both give excellent performances in these iconic roles. Duncan James is superb as straight-talking Frank, delivering the iconic number Sweet Transvestite with sass and attitude that lifted the roof off the Birmingham venue.

We have seen Rocky Horror many times but with strong performances from this wonderful cast, this production has taken this cult show to a different level. Rocky Horror is a funny, adult, feel good audience participation show, which left me feeling like I had been to the most marvellous party, and made my Monday evening feel like a Saturday night.

Rocky Horror is at the Alex Birmingham from the 13th – 25th May when it continues its national tour.


Theatretastic rating 5/5:

We say: “With an outstanding cast, this production has taken this cult show to a different level!”