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The Rocky Horror Show at Richmond and Wimbledon

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TO CELEBRATE its 40th anniversary, a fresh new production of The Rocky Horror Show will tour the UK.

Opening at Brighton’s Theatre Royal on December 17, 2012, it will visit New Wimbledon Theatre (January 21 to January 26) and Richmond Theatre (May 6 to May 11, 2013).

Dubbed the world’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show has been performed worldwide for nearly 40 years in over 20 countries and has been translated into more than 10 languages.

The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée 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 a college professor.

It is an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs (Science Fiction/Double Feature, Dammit Janet, The Time-Warp) and outrageous outfits.

Directed by Christopher Luscombe, The Rocky Horror Show is described as a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music and encourages audience participation – and that includes getting dressed in your most outrageous fancy dress!

The Rocky Horror Show was first performed on June 19, 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre. An immediate success, it transferred to three London theatres. In 1975, a film adaptation – The Rocky Horror Picture Show – took over $135 million at the Box Office and is still shown in cinemas around the world nearly 37 years after its premiere, making it the longest running theatrical release in film history.

Over the past 40 years, many stars have appeared in The Rocky Horror Show, including Russell Crowe, Tim Curry, Jerry Springer and Meatloaf.

Casting for the 40th Anniversary tour will be announced shortly.

The tour will also visit Bristol, Birmingham, Aylesbury, Liverpool, Sunderland, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Grimsby, Manchester, York, Stoke, Bromley, Woking, Torquay and Milton Keynes, with further dates to be announced.

Tickets range from £12 to £29.50 (with no booking fee) and additional discounts are available for ATG Theatre Card Holders and Millennium Club Members.