The Rocky Horror Show celebrates 50th anniversary at Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, starring Joe McFadden
Cult classic The Rocky Horror Show is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – and is taking its party on the road.
It will be at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, from Monday to Saturday.
Scottish actor and winner of Strictly Come Dancing Joe McFadden is joining the tour for a limited four week run, including the week in Nottingham.
No stranger to the dancefloor, Joe is more than qualified to don his fishnets as the Narrator and join this extraordinary cast to deliver a guaranteed party not to be missed.
Joe, who also starred in Casualty, said: “I’m really excited to be joining the Rocky Horror Show during the 50th anniversary tour. I’ve seen the show countless times over the years and am a massive fan so I can’t wait to join the celebrations of this iconic show.
“I am looking forward to donning my fishnets as the Narrator and Time Warping up and down the country with this amazing cast”.
The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college teens – Brad and his fiancée Janet. When by a twist of fate, their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion while on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank’n’Furter.
It is an adventure they’ll never forget, filled with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity – and an iconic soundtrack that includes Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, Time Warp.
The Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music while encouraging audience participation - meaning, of course, getting dressed-up in the most outrageous fancy dress.
Joining Joe on the tour is West End star Stephen Webb (Jersey Boys/Legally Blonde) in the iconic role of Frank, slipping into a corset and heels with ease, Richard Meek (Hairspray/Spamlot) returns as Brad and is joined by fan favourite Haley Flaherty (Mamma Mia/Chicago) as Janet.
Kristian Lavercombe (Jersey Boys/Jesus Christ Superstar) once again reprises his role as Riff Raff, following more than 2,000 performances around the world, with Darcy Finden who made her professional debut last year as one of the Phantoms now stepping up to play the role of as Columbia. Ben Westhead (Oliver/The Sound of Music) plays Rocky, Suzie McAdams (School of Rock/Kinky Boots) takes on the role of Magenta and Joe Allen (Little Shop of Horrors/Charlie & The Chocolate Factory) plays Eddie & Dr Scott.
Created by Richard O’Brien, since it first opened in London in June 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre The Rocky Horror Show has become the longest continuous run of a contemporary musical anywhere in the world.
It has been seen by more than 30m people worldwide in more than 30 countries and translated into 20 languages.
Richard O’Brien said: “Back in the 1970s when someone asked me to entertain the Christmas staff party at the EMI Film Studios and I turned up with a song called Science Fiction Double Feature who would have known this was the germ of the idea to turn into today what is The Rocky Horror Show.
“To be celebrating fifty years is beyond my wildest expectations - from the humble beginnings back in 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre in London. The fact that The Rocky Horror show continues to delight audiences as it tours the UK fifty years on is simply thrilling.”