Rocky Horror 50th Anniversary Show Review

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Richard O’Brien’s rock ‘n’ roll musical celebrates 50 years with this special anniversary production. 

The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two innocent 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 Dr Frank’n’Furter.

Directed by Christopher Luscombe The Rocky Horror Show is ready to entice 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.

I was fortunate to go see this production at Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre. The show’s production values were immense, fantastic staging and lighting. 

The audience was very engaged and happily took part in the jokes and occasional ad-libbing. 

You might be slightly lost with the plot of the production, luckily I had already seen the film so I knew what to expect. 

The show begins with the breakdown of Brad and Janet’s car, uh oh!

The time-warp number actually comes on quite early in this show but it certainly got the audience warmed.

The narrator of this story was Philip Franks who was absolutely amazing in his role. He interacted with the audience and ad-libbed at times. I felt I had been transported literally to outside the house of Dr Frank’n’Furter.

The audience and staff members certainly dressed for this production, with signs of stockings, green sparkly hats and party costumes on display. 

The audience were highly energetic during the 1st half of the show whereas the 2nd half focused more on the talents of the cast, judging by the performances and dance numbers, they were entertaining and superb.

I usually hone in on my favourite performances of the night, for me Stephen Webb taking the role of  Frank’n’Furter was outstanding, performance was top notch. I really liked Dary Finden playing Columbia and Suzie McAdam as Magenta. Kristian Lavercombe playing Riff Raff also gave a truly believable performance. A huge shout out to Nick Richings as lighting designer, the lighting was flawless on this production. 

Would I visit this show again? Yes of course, it’s an enjoyable night out, just be open minded, don’t worry if you don’t know all the jokes, you’ll learn. 

Should you go see it? It’s a yes, yes, yes!!

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