Casting for The Rocky Horror Show at the Playhouse
Initial casting has been announced for Richard O'Brien's hit cult musical The Rocky Horror Show which will have a limited run at the Playhouse Theatre this September from 11 to 19 September ahead of a UK tour.
Joining the previously announced Richard O'Brien who will star as 'The Narrator' will be David Bedella (Frank N Furter), Ben Forster (Brad), Haley Flaherty (Janet) and Kristian Lavercome (Riff Raff). All performers have previously played those roles in other productions of the hit show.
It was also announced that a number of celebrity faces would join O'Brien for the Gala Night performance on Thursday 17 September which will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world in aid of Amnesty International.
Comediens and TV presenters Stephen Fry and Mel Giedroyc will accompany Spice Girl Emily Bunton in the Gala performance, each taking it in turns to play 'The Narrator' alongside O'Brien.
The musical, which began life at the Royal Court's Upstairs Theatre, has since been seen on six continents and multiple West End and Broadway productions. Featuring music, lyrics and book by comedian Richard O'Brien, the show has toured the UK eight times since the original production in 1973.
The Rocky Horror Show is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through to the early 1970s. It follows squares Brad and Janet as they spend a night in a mysterious castle, surrounded by colourful characters and Dr. Frank N. Furter. As their loyalties and morals are brought into question, they discover the 'sweet transvestite's' latest toy - a man made hunk, 'Rocky'.
Featuring a eclectic score of hits such as "The Time Warp", "Dammit Janet" and "Sweet Transvestite", this is a chance to see the wildest party return to the West End for a strictly limited period.
The production will be screened live to cinemas around the UK on 17 December, in a collaboration with Amnesty International.
The musical was adapted into 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' in 1975 which starred Meat Loaf, Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon.