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Preview: Rocky Horror Show at Sunderland Empire
TO SUNDERLAND EMPIRE NEXT MONTH!
JUST ANNOUNCED - COMEDIAN DOM JOLY AS THE NARRATOR FOR SUNDERLAND!
ALONGSIDE JOANNE CLIFTON, BEN ADAMS & STEPHEN WEBB
Rocky Horror Show
Monday 28th January –
Saturday 2nd February 2019
ARE YOU READY FOR THE
ANTICIPATION? Trigger Happy TV star Dom Joly will take to the Sunderland
Empire stage to perform the iconic role of Narrator as celebrity narrators are
announced for the new national tour of the legendary musical extravaganza, RichardO’Brien’s Rocky Horror
Dom Joly - Photo: Paul Gorra
Happy TV star Dom Joly said: “I'm soooo excited to play the part of the
narrator in The Rocky Horror Show.
I've been entranced by the show since I stumbled upon it, one late night, in a
cinema in Notting Hill Gate in 1990. More importantly, I haven't had the
opportunity to wear fishnets since I was a Goth back in the late Eighties...any
Joly will join the previously announced cast, Strictly Come Dancing Champion Joanne Clifton as Janet and a1’s
Ben Adams as Brad and West End star Stephen Webb as Frank, Kristian
Lavercombe will also be reprising his role as Riff Raff, following more than
1300 performances in The Rocky Horror
Show around the world. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the smash hit show
features all of the famous musical numbers which have made The Rocky Horror Show such a huge hit for over four decades,
including “Sweet Transvestite”,
“Science Fiction/Double Feature”,
“Dammit Janet” and, of course,
the timeless floor-filler, “The
it first opened in London in June 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky
Horror Show has become the world’s favourite Rock ‘N’ Roll musical,
having been performed worldwide for 45 years in more than 30 countries and
translated into over 20 languages. This critically-acclaimed stunning new
production is now back by public demand and returns for a 12 month UK tour
starting at Brighton’s Theatre Royal this month (13 December) with a date at Sunderland Empire, 28 January – 2 February 2019.
The Rocky Horror Show
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 favourite college professor. It’s an
adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks and frivolity,
bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits.The
Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party, which famously combines
science-fiction, horror, comedy and music while encouraging audience
participation meaning, of course, getting dressed in the most outrageous fancy
The Rocky Horror Show
first began life in 1973 before an audience of just 63 people in the Royal
Court’s Theatre Upstairs.It was an
immediate success and transferred to the Chelsea Classic Cinema, before going
on to run at the Kings Road Theatre, 1973-79 and the Comedy Theatre in the West
End, 1979-80.In 1975 it was transformed
into a film called ‘The Rocky Horror
Picture Show’. This film adaptation took over $135 million at the Box
Office and is still shown in cinemas around the world more than 40 years after
its premiere, making it the longest running theatrical release in cinema
history. Many stars including Russell Crowe, Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Jerry
Springer, Jason Donovan and Meatloaf have appeared in The Rocky Horror Show over the past 45 years.
2015, as part of a sold-out season at London’s Playhouse Theatre, a special
star-studded Gala charity performance in aid of Amnesty International was
broadcast to over 600 cinemas across the UK and Europe. The live screening -
featuring a host of celebrities playing The Narrator including Stephen Fry, Mel
Giedroyc, Emma Bunton, Ade Edmondson, Anthony Head and Richard O’Brien -
smashed box office records and was the biggest grossing film in cinemas across
the UK.The performance was subsequently
screened on the Sky Arts channel.
to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, The
Rocky Horror Show is the boldest bash of them all. But be warned, this show
has rude parts!