Friday, 31 July 2015

Richard O’Brien to star in limited West End run of The Rocky Horror Show

It has been announced that The Rocky Horror Show will return to the West End for a limited run.

Playing just eleven performances at the Playhouse Theatre between 11th and 19th September 2015, the production will star legendary Rocky Horror creator Richard O’Brien as The Narrator! This will mark the first time O’Brien has performed in the UK for more than 20 years. Tickets go on sale today (Friday 31st July).

On 17th September, Picturehouse Entertainment and Rocky Horror Company will join forces to broadcast a gala charity performance, in aid of Amnesty International, live from the Playhouse Theatre to cinemas across the UK and Europe. The performance will feature a number of special celebrity guest stars. Tickets for the cinema screenings go on sale from 09.00am on Friday 31st July.

Richard O’Brien said: “Thanks to Picturehouse Entertainment, The Rocky Horror Show is coming to a cinema near you! I’m delighted to be returning to London, where Rocky started, and performing in the show after more than 20 years. It’s just fabulous that the world’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll musical will be beamed to many, many cinemas across the UK and Europe, via satellite. Everyone should prepare for a night of frolics and celebrations by joining us on the big screen!”

With cinemas across the UK and Europe, including Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark streaming The Rocky Horror Show performance live at 6.45pm GMT, fans from around the globe will have the opportunity of being part of the event. There are also plans for the gala performance to be broadcast on television around the world in countries including America, Australia and New Zealand in autumn 2015.

The show will be directed by Christopher Luscombe. These special London performances precede a nationwide UK tour of The Rocky Horror Show, which opens at the Theatre Royal Brighton on 17th December 2015. The UK tour will star Paul Cattermole as Eddie/Dr. Scott. Ben Freeman as Brad, Diana Vickers as Janet and Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff

Sir Howard Panter (ATG) said: “We are looking forward to working with Picturehouse Group for what is an extraordinary moment for The Rocky Horror Show, starting upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre 42 years ago to this autumn being beamed live to cinema and TV screens across the world, this is your chance to join in the world’s biggest Time Warp, ever.” 

Marc Allenby (Picturehouse): “We are thrilled to be working with Howard Panter and his team at ATG on this extra special production of The Rocky Horror Show. We can’t wait to broadcast the Live show into cinemas across the UK and Europe this September – it is going to be one hell of a party!”

Aikta Hancock (Amnesty International) said “The Rocky Horror Show is a fabulous celebration of freedom of expression – a fundamental part of Amnesty’s work. Richard O’Brien has been an inspirational and long-time supporter of Amnesty and we are delighted to be part of the exciting gala performance and cinema screenings across the UK and Europe this September”

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