30th August 2023

The Rocky Horror Show 2023 is running at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon all this week – until Saturday September the 2nd.

Dig out your fishnets and your basques and book here NOW:

Debuting in 1973, at London’s Royal Court theatre, and now a cult classic, the Rocky Horror Show remains one of the sexiest – and funniest – shows in stage and film. Fifty years and going strong. The blog, Europeana, describes it as drawing inspiration from B-movies, science fiction and horror. And indeed that’s not hard to see.

Richard O’Brien, famous for the Crystal Maze game show, wrote the musical. Glam rock inspired the music and visuals of this tale of a newly-engaged couple, Brad and Janet. Caught in a storm, they seek help at the home of scientist, Dr Frank-N-Furter. During proceedings he unveils his new creation, Rocky, a monster in tanned, muscular, blonde, male form.

The Europeana blog further describes how the show found itself being influenced by, and in turn being an influence on, the counter-cultural and sexual liberation movements of the 1970s and 1980s. Further it was at the vanguard of musicals that depicted liberated characters with fluid sexualities. As such, LGBTQ+ communities hold it in huge affection and celebrate it for its subversive portrayal of sexuality and gender.

Rocky Horror Show 2023 - programme cover
Rocky Horror Show 2023 – programme cover

The cast

Well here was a novelty – for me ( I live a sheltered life) – a familiar name in the cast list in the form of Joe McFadden as the narrator. It’s an important role is that one. Sometimes the audience for the RHS can be, shall we say, a bit lively*, interacting with the narrator. And they then have to respond to that – all off the cuff like. And last night a section of the audience were clearly RHS devotees – they knew the lines and were interjecting with the narrator at every available moment.

*A million years ago, when I first saw this show in Sheffield, I experienced this. EVERYONE was dressed up (aside from me and my mate), we got in the auditorium and the doors were closed. No interval – it went right through. It was a little raucous!

Stephen Webb as Frank N Furter I’ve seen before – he’s great. As indeed were the entire cast – singing and dancing their stockings and suspenders off.  But I must give mention to Kristian Lavercombe who plays Riff Raff. It seems that Kristian has over 2000 Rocky Horror performances under his basque – that’s more than anyone in its 50 year history! But of course they’re all fab. Suffice it to say, the performance has all the energy and fun that you’d expect and want from The Rocky Horror Show.

 Though I should point out that a show with a song called Sweet Transvestite is perhaps not for the easily offended. But it’s such a hoot!

And if you’ve never been to a performance of the Rocky Horror show you might find this useful: https://www.rockyhorror.co.uk/virginsguide

The show on social media

Follow the show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rockyhorrorshow

And find them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rockyhorrorofficial/

Rocky Horror Show 2023 - pages from the programme

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