Rocky Horror has been captivating audiences for 47 years and the momentum has yet to have been altered. The show sits at the crossroad where Glam Rock disappeared and Punk began, and we guarantee that it will make you shiver with antici…pation!
We sat among hundreds of audience members, cross-dressed with feather boas and glittery hats. As the stage opened with a dairy girl singing Science Fiction – Double Feature, we were immediately excited to see what’s to come. As soon as the narrator started speaking, she was thrown with silly comments shouted from the audience and she replied with witty comments rather quickly.
The show tells a story of a newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, getting caught in a heavy storm with a flat tire. They decide to look for shelter and the possibility of a phone call and that’s how they end up in the home of the mad transvestite scientist, Dr Frank-N-Furter. As they get indoctrinated by his charm and vigour, their innocence is lost and they are both changed forever. Through elaborate dancing and rock tunes, they meet a houseful of wild characters, including the hunchback Riff Raff, the vivacious Magenta and the over-the-top Columbia. Dr Frank-N-Furter also reveals his newest creature to the crowd – a muscular man named Rocky Horror.
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This global phenomenon was created by Richard O’Brien, a jobless actor, singer and sci-fi fan who loved 50s horror movies. “At the time of its conception, one of my great joys was watching late-night television when sensible people were in bed. At that time the TV stations went off the air at around midnight hour and, consequently, they aired many of those creaky old B movies and sci-fi films from the fifties as they knew that their viewing audiences were mainly made up of lost souls, insomniacs and drunks. What joy!” says Richard.
The first performance in the 63-seat upstairs stage at London’s Royal Court Theatre was so successful that the next show was held at the 230-seat Chelsea Classic Theatre and two months later, it was performed at the 500-seat Kings Road Theatre. Since then, the world’s most sexual rock ’n roll musical has been mesmerizing audiences for 47 years, showcasing in more than 30 countries, translated into 20 languages!
Apart from its cult status, The Rocky Horror Show is also widely known to have been an influence on countercultural and sexual liberation movements. It was one of the first popular musicals to depict fluid-sexuality during a time of division between generations and a lack of acceptance in people with different sexual orientations.
So, if you ever get the chance, join in the fun and sing and dance to tracks like Sweet Transvestite, Dammit Janet and, of course, the timeless, booty-shaking The Time-Warp.
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