Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Steve Punt, Charlie Condou & Philip Franks to star as Narrator in Rocky Horror

It has been announced that Steve Punt, Charlie Condou and Philip Franks will star as the Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show 2015-16 UK tour 2015/2016. 

The tour opens at Brighton’s Theatre Royal on 17th December 2015 before visiting Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Sunderland, Wimbledon, Torquay, Edinburgh, York, Aylesbury, Richmond, Stoke-on-Trent, Woking, Bristol and Glasgow.

The full cast includes: Liam Tamne as Frank N Furter, Paul Cattermole as Eddie/Dr. Scott, Ben Freeman as Brad, Diana Vickers as Janet, Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff, Dominic Andersen as Rocky, Sophie Linder-Lee as Columbia and Kay Murphy as Magenta. Completing the cast are Will Knights, Ben Kerr, Hannah Malekzad, Lauren Ingram and Zachary Morris.

Steve Punt has been half of Punt and Dennis for many years and has co-hosted The Now Show on Radio 4 since its inception in 1998. Steve also presents the university quiz The Third Degree and the light-hearted investigative show Punt PI for Radio 4. Steve’s TV writing and performing credits includeCanned Carrott, The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Punt and Dennis, Mock the Week and Horrible Histories. In 2011 Steve played Eric Idle in BBC4's Holy Flying Circus.

Charlie, who will play The Narrator during the tour’s Manchester dates, is best known for playing Marcus Dent in Coronation Street for four years and his successful column ‘The Three of Us’ in The Guardian. Charlie’s other television credits include Me, You, and The Apocalypse, The Impressionists andMidsomer Murders. On the silverscreen, Charlie has starred in Good, Fred Claus and Charlotte Grey, while some of his theatre roles include Next Fall(Southwark Playhouse), Dying for It (The Almeida), The Changeling (Southwark Playhouse) and Shopping and F***king (UK Tour).

Philip Franks makes a welcome return to the role after playing The Narrator in the 40th Anniversary Tour of Rocky Horror Show. Philip takes over as The Narrator from June 2016. On television Philip is best known for playing Charlie in The Darling Buds of May and Sergeant Craddock in Heartbeat. His recent work in theatre includes Swanson in Flare Path and Hector in The History Boys tour. Philip’s West End theatre credits include Ivan in Art, Lloyd inNoises Off and Hamlet with the RSC. Philip is also a director, with credits including Nicholas Nickleby (West End), The Comedy of Errors (Regent’s Park) and A Marvellous Year for Plum (Chichester Festival Theatre).

The Rocky Horror Show most recently toured the UK in 2013 when it was seen by over 300,000 people, making it the most successful Rocky Horror tour ever. Since its first appearance at the Royal Court Theatre in June 1973, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show has been performed worldwide in over 30 countries in every continent and has been translated into more than 20 languages. 

The musical recently played a limited West End run at the Playhouse Theatre with a cast of Rocky Horror legends including David Bedella as Frank ‘n’ Furter, Ben Forster as Brad, Haley Flaherty as Janet, Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff, Jayde Westaby as Magenta and Richard Meek as Eddie/Dr. Scott as well as Richard O’Brien as the Narrator. During its run the production was broadcast to cinemas, topping UK cinema box offices.

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