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Following a record breaking run in February this year it’s time to restart the party as Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show is set to return to the Sunderland Empire for one week only from 7-12 November 2016.
The 2016 UK Tour of the Rocky Horror Show has now been seen by over 230,000 people, grossing over £5million at the box office since its first performance at Brighton’s Theatre Royal in December 2015.
Photo: Sean Webb
S Club 7 star Paul Cattermole (Eddie/Dr Scott) and Liam Tamne (Dr Frank N Furter) who shot to fame in series two of The Voice will continue to excite audiences. The title role of Rocky will be played by Dominic Andersen, with the role of Janet played by theatre star Haley Flaherty, alongside Rocky favourites Kristian Lavercombeas Riff Raff and Richard Meek as Brad. Further casting on the role of the Narrator is to follow.
Photo: Sean Webb
Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show was first performed on 19 June 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre and has become the world’s favourite Rock N’ Roll musical, having been performed worldwide for over 40 years in over 30 countries and translated into more than 20 languages. It 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.
Photo: Sean Webb
Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music.Audience participation is encouraged, meaning of course, getting dressed in your most outrageous fancy dress. This musical extravaganza features all of its famous musical classics including “Science Fiction/Double Feature”, “Dammit Janet” and of course, the timeless floor-filler, “The Time-Warp”.Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show is the boldest bash of them all.Be warned, this show has rude parts!
The UK tour follows last year’s star-studded live screening of The Rocky Horror Show at London’s Playhouse Theatre, which was broadcast to thousands of cinemas across the UK and Europe.Guest narrators included Stephen Fry, Mel Giedroyc, Emma Bunton, Anthony Head, Adrian Edmondson and Rocky creator Richard O’Brien.The performance was subsequently screened on Sky Arts.
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