The Rocky Horror Show: Box Office Review
The much loved cult classic musical The Rocky Horror Show made its way to the West End’s Play House in September for a limited (and highly antici….pated!) run at the Playhouse Theatre.
The show’s original creator and star of Riff Raff in the Rocky Horror film, Richard O’Brien, took to the stage as narrator. The audience welcomed him with loud whistles, applause and as any Rocky fan will know, some very cheeky heckles. The limited run also marks 20 years since O’Brien has returned to the show.
In true Rocky fashion, we decided to do a double-feature of our own and send two reviewers to watch the show; one of which is a long time Rocky fan and the other new to the world of time-warping. Here’s what they had to say:
Bronwyn - The Fan
“Having seen the show before (and the movie about a million times) my expectations were reasonably high, particularly with Richard O’Brien himself heading up the cast. Needless to say, I was not disappointed! Not often do you get to watch a West End show where you’re encouraged to join in and sing along to all the classics.”
“Armed with fishnets, red lips and a Magenta inspired costume, I left wanting more and honestly feeling a little giddy inside knowing that I am now one of the lucky few to have seen O’Brien himself do the time-warp! Saying that, for me the performance of the night had to go to Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff who didn’t once flinch from his creepy character and was simply hilarious to watch!”
Carly - The Newbie
“I was a first-time Rocky attendee. I hadn’t seen the film, heard the songs or knew anything about it (yes, that rock has been comfy to live under!) but I was excited by the element of the unknown. I did know of Richard O’Brien from the heady days of The Crystal Maze which was a bonus!
It certainly wasn’t like a standard theatre audience. People were dressed up and vocal as the show was being performed. Whilst some were a little too vocal at times, the general banter from stage to seats was, overall, exciting to listen to. It felt like an audience of old friends; no matter how weird and wonderful the dress code, there was a real sense of everyone joining in with the fun. It’s a show not just to watch but to be a part of. The audience creates the atmosphere the show needs.
My favourite character had to be David Bedella as Frank N. Furter – his presence lit up the stage and his performance was fantastic. I would definitely go and see Rocky again – I would think it’s just as brilliant an experience as the first time.”
The world’s biggest Time Warp
To honour the 40th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show film, the two week run was topped off with a live streamed performance of the show to cinemas around the UK and Europe. The special one-off charity performance featured a selection of special guests taking to the stage as narrator alongside Richard O’Brien, including Stephen Fry, Emma Bunton, Mel Giedroyc and Ade Edmondson.