Holby City & Strictly star Joe McFadden
to dazzle the city of Sunderland
as the Narrator
The Rocky Horror Show
Monday 8 – Saturday 13 January 2024
and winner of Strictly Come Dancing Joe McFadden will join the tour of
the legendary, classic smash hit musical The Rocky Horror Show for a limited
run in the city of Sunderland. North East audiences should buckle up for this
one-off special moment as Joe is set to bring charisma, charm and witty repartee
to the role of the Narrator in this thrilling musical extravaganza at the Sunderland Empire between 8th
January – 13th January 2024.
Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical celebrate its 50th
Anniversary, marking half a century of thrilling entertainment. The Rocky
Horror Show defies space and time as it continues to captivate audiences up and
down the country. The nonstop partying production continues to play through
2023 to sell-out crowds.
expansive career spans across both stage and screen (Holby City/Heartbeat
/Priscilla Queen of the Desert/The Mirror Crack’d), is excited to be
returning to the show after performing for a four-week limited run earlier this
year to rave reviews. No stranger to the dancefloor, Joe is more than qualified
to don his fishnets as the Narrator and join this extraordinary cast in Sunderland
to deliver a guaranteed party not to be missed.
Joe said: “I’m thrilled to be returning to
play the Narrator in the city of Sunderland. My time in The Rocky Horror Show
earlier this year was an absolute blast so I am looking forward to donning my
fishnets once more as the Narrator and Time Warping with audiences at the
Empire in Sunderland.”
Since it first opened in London in June 1973
at the Royal Court Theatre The Rocky Horror Show has become the longest
continuous run of a contemporary musical anywhere in the world. The show
has been seen by over 30 million people worldwide in more than 30 countries
and translated into 20 languages as it continues to delight audiences on its
sell-out international tour.
Without doubt the Rocky Horror Show is as
iconic as it gets. Lighting up the stage this phenomenal cast will perform
songs that are embedded in pop culture. The celebratory tour will continue
throughout 2023, visiting Sunderland, Dublin, Manchester, Glasgow and
Wolverhampton - with further dates to be announced. The cast are in full
throttle and ready to honour this monumental moment, delivering a guaranteed
party that leaps off the stage and transcends into the audience.
|Previous Production of The Rocky Horror Show
Panter said: “Rocky Horror has always been a show I loved, since its earliest
days in the Kings Road. Richard O’Brien and I are delighted this non-stop party
continues to thrill audiences across the world, and we look forward to the next
Richard O’Brien said: “Back in the 1970’s when
someone asked me to entertain the Christmas staff party at the EMI Film Studios
and I turned up with a song called Science Fiction Double Feature who would
have known this was the germ of the idea to turn into today what is The Rocky
Horror Show. To be celebrating fifty years is beyond my wildest expectations -
from the humble beginnings back in 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre in London.
The fact that The Rocky Horror show continues to delight audiences as it tours
the UK fifty years on is simply thrilling. The Rocky Horror Show is one of
Britain’s most performed and beloved musicals of all time.”
cast are already wowing Rocky Horror audiences up and down the country, with
West End star Stephen Webb (Jersey Boys/Legally Blonde)
continuing in the iconic role of Frank, slipping into a corset and heels with
ease, Richard Meek (Hairspray/Spamlot) makes a welcome return as
Brad and is joined by fan favourite Haley Flaherty (Mamma Mia/Chicago)
Lavercombe (Jersey Boys/Jesus Christ Superstar)
once again reprises his role as Riff Raff, following more than 2000
performances around the world, with Darcy Finden who made her
professional debut last year as one of the Phantoms now stepping up to
play the role of as Columbia. Ben Westhead (Oliver/The Sound
of Music) plays Rocky, Suzie McAdams (School of Rock/Kinky
Boots) takes on the role of Magenta and Joe Allen (Little Shop of
Horrors/Charlie & The Chocolate Factory) plays Eddie & Dr Scott.
Playing the Phantoms are Stefania Du Toit (Starlight Express/Singing
in the Rain), Beth Woodcock (Bat Out Of
Hell), Reece Budin (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical/Man
of La Mancha) and Fionán O'Carroll (Theatre whilst training:
Urinetown/Children of Eden) who is making his professional debut. Ryan
Carter Wilson (Jersey Boys) and Tyla Nurden (Funny
Girl/Carrie, The Musical) are Swings.
Directed by Christopher Luscombe, The
Rocky Horror Show is ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, and
features timeless classics including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet,
and of course, the pelvic thrusting show stopping 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 is an adventure they’ll never forget, filled
with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity. 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-up in the most outrageous fancy dress.
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.
In 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.
Ready 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!
Rocky Horror Show will astound Sunderland audiences from Monday 8 – Saturday
13 January 2024. Tickets available online now
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