Iâm a Rocky Horror virgin and had no idea what I was letting myself in for. It was an experience. I had been informed I needed to dress up but I hadnât considered the difficulty of making my way to the Grand via public transport in questionable attire, writes our reviewer Mel Neale...
Walking to Wakefield Kirkgate station was like running a gauntlet, but eventually I made it to Northgate and on approaching the theatre I was with âmy ownâ, if anything my outfit was tame.
There were characters and creatures in all shapes and sizes mostly wearing suspenders and of note; someone wearing a huge pair of home made lips.
The colourful, joyful deviant audience was like a strange family reunion.
This feeling continued into the theatre with nearly as many shout outs and in jokes as there was script. The cast received and volleyed beautifully. The cast without exception were brilliant. Duncan James makes a fabulous Frank-N-Furter. The set design was great, it was incredibly effective and enveloped us in to the world without distracting from the impact of the stunning characters. The show flew by in a whirlwind before I knew it I was up on my feet dancing to the Time-warp for the final time and applauding the cast, then tumbling out of the theatre in to the real world.
Rocky Horror aficionados will not be disappointed. New comers may find themselves a little confused and overwhelmed but will enjoy the ride and like me I hope will enjoy the initiation in to this family of misfits.
About Rocky Horror Show Live
Dammit Janet, Richard OâBrienâs legendary musical, The Rocky Horror Show, is on at Leeds Grand Theatre from Monday 19 to Saturday 24 August 2019.
Since first opening in London in June 1973, The Rocky Horror Show has become the worldâs favourite rock ânâ roll musical, having been performed worldwide for 45 years in more than 30 countries and translated into over 20 languages.
Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the musical extravaganza will star Blue singer and Hollyoaks actor Duncan James as Frank, Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton as Janet, James Darch (Maggie May) as Brad, and writer, comedian and actor Steve Punt as The Narrator. Musical numbers include Sweet Transvestite, Science Fiction/Double Feature, Dammit Janet and, of course, the timeless floor-filler, The Time Warp.
On the press night, we attended The Narrator was played by a fabulous and funny Kristian Lavercombe.Riff Raff was played by Reece Budin and Maddie Coelho covered Reeceâs track.
The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancÃ©e Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank-n-Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house whilst on their way to visit their favourite college professor. Itâs an adventure theyâll never forget.
Duncan James said: âFrank is such an iconic role, itâs an honour to be able to play him and a role that I have always wanted to do. Iâm so excited to be touring with such a fun and vibrant show, and to be working with this fantastic cast.â
Joanne Clifton added: âI've always loved Rocky Horror. I learnt the Time Warp in my dance classes in Grimsby when I was 4 years old ... 30 years later and Iâll be jumping to the left on the actual Rocky Horrorstage, I can't quite believe it!â
Be warned, this show has rude parts!
The Rocky Horror Show is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Monday 19 to Saturday 24 August 2019
Book online at leedsgrandtheatre.com or call Box Office on 0844 848 2700â
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