Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Casting announced for West End return of The Rocky Horror Show

Further casting has been announced for the West End return of The Rocky Horror Show.

The musical runs at the Playhouse Theatre between 11th and 19th September 2015.

Joining the previously announced David Bedella as Frank ‘n’ Furter and Richard O’Brien at The Narrator are Ben Forster as Brad, Haley Flaherty as Janet.

The cast also includes Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff, Jayde Westaby as Magenta, Sophie Linder-Lee as Columbia and Richard Meek as Eddie/Dr. Scott.

UPDATE: Completing the cast are: Dominic Anderson as Rocky as well as Will Knights, Ben Kerr,  Hannah Malekzad and Rachel Grundy as Phantoms and Andrew Ahern (swing).

The show will be directed by Christopher Luscombe and produced by Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group. 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 starring Paul Cattermole as Eddie/Dr. Scott, Ben Freeman as Brad and Diana Vickers as Janet as well as Lavercombe as Riff Raff.

Stephen Fry, Great British Bake Off host Mel Giedroyc and Spice Girl Emma Bunton are the first celebrities to be announced as special guest stars in the Gala Charity Performance of The Rocky Horror Show at thr Playhouse Theatre on 17th September. The special performance will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and Europe. 

They will join the creator of The Rocky Horror Show, Richard O’Brien, on stage for one night only as all four of them take their turn performing the role of ‘The Narrator’. This Gala performance, in aid of Amnesty International, is the highlight of 11 special performances of The Rocky Horror Show at The Playhouse. 

Sir Howard Panter said: “We are thrilled with the unprecedented demand for this special production of the Rocky Horror Show. This will be the world’s opportunity to see stars like Stephen Fry, Mel Giedroyc and Emma Bunton up on stage along with the show’s creator Richard O’Brien in what promises to be an unmissable cinema event.”

Stephen Fry said: “I've been a devoted fan of The Rocky Horror Show for most of my life and I have been proud to support the incredible work of Amnesty International for just as long, so to be joining Richard and the cast on stage for this special evening is a dream come true.”

Emma Bunton said: "I am so excited about being involved in the legendary Rocky Horror Show. Richard O’Brien has written something that is a huge part of British culture. I’m looking forward to shaking my tush to the Time Warp!”

Those attending the special Amnesty gala performance will also have the opportunity to take action for Ihar Tsikhanyuk, an openly gay drag performer living in Belarus who was taken from his hospital bed and beaten by police for campaigning on gay rights. Although being gay in Belarus is not illegal, it remains hard for LGBTI people to access rights and there are no specific laws to protect them.

Amnesty International UK’s Events Manager Akita Hancock said: “We’re delighted that so many special guest stars have agreed to be part of what promises to be a spectacular performance. The Rocky Horror Show is a fabulous celebration of freedom and expression – a fundamental area of Amnesty’s work. So this is a perfect opportunity to rally support for men and women like Ihar Tsikhanyuk and to call for justice for all transgender people whose rights are under threat.”

1 comment:

  1. Great! How can I buy tickets? Cannot find anywhere on the site! Thanks x