On the way to visit an old college professor, two clean cut kids, Brad Majors and his fiancée Janet Weiss, run into tyre trouble and seek help at the site of a light down the road. It’s coming from the Frankenstein place, where Dr Frank’n’furter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments…
When I was a kid I absolutely adored the Crystal Maze and Richard O’Brien. When I was a little bit older I was introduced to the wonder that was The Rocky Horror Show movie and was hooked by the super catchy, memorable yet not at all predictable when compared to other “musicals”. It even came to the theatre back home and I went along to see it live for the very first time not realising just how popular it was. There were men dressed in drag and people from all walks of life who were there just to have a good time!
In 2013 there was a stage revival to celebrate the 40th anniversary and as this year marks 40 years since the movie was release they’ve brought it back once again to wow a whole new generation of theatre goers except this time with a marvellous twist – the creator himself would be returning to the cast for the first time in over 20 years playing the narrator.
As soon as it was announced I knew I had to go but I also knew that tickets would sell super quickly. (In fact they sold out in less than 72 hours!) As if by magic my friend Roxy told me when we were out for dinner one night that she had managed to bag two tickets in the second row for one of the evenings and did I want to join her – two words; hell yes! (I winced slightly at the price later but this was a once in a lifetime thing so I couldn’t say no.)
The day of reckoning finally arrived last Wednesday and as sods law would have it, it was pouring with rain so we arrived at the theatre soggy but absolutely delighted with our seats. To top it all off the one in front of me was empty so I had a near perfect view!
As I knew to expect there were so many people who had dressed up and had put a buttload of effort into their costumes (as a cosplayer I know the time and effort that goes into them) there was even a group of fans in the front row who had come armed with their own props and pulled them out at the right parts of the show!
For anyone that might be a Rocky Horror Virgin (I urge you to check this guide on the shows site) you really only need to know two things:
- The Rocky Horror Show includes a lot of audience participation – don’t worry if you don’t know what to shout when there will be plenty of others in the audience who will.
- Enjoy yourself – Unlike other theatre performances you are very much encouraged to sing and dance along to the show. The Time Warp is the only dance with set moves but you can pick these up super quickly just by listening to the lyrics and watching those around you.
If you’re lucky enough to see the legend that is Richard O’Brien on stage you should also be prepared for the entire theatre to erupt when he first goes on stage (and not gonna lie pretty much every time he comes back on stage too!) – soak up the adoration, the man is 73 and killing it.
The show itself is just as bonkers and glitzy as it ever was – the London cast were pretty incredible. David Bedella makes the perfect Frank N Furter (made all the more hilarious when you discover that he voices a train in Thomas the Tank Engine) with that tongue and those wicked, wicked looks and oh. my. god. Rocky’s abs *Swoons*. My only complaint is that the show is too damn short
If you’re looking for a sophisticated night at the theatre then this show isn’t for you but if you’re down for a bloody good time it couldn’t be more perfect! The Rocky Horror Show is at the Playhouse Theatre in London until the end of this week with the final performance on Saturday the 26th September before it heads off on a UK tour just before Christmas and throughout 2016 – including Wimbledon for a week in March.