Silver Jubilee Brings Rocky Horror to the UK

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Saturday Night Fever is not the only cult favourite to receive a decades-on revival this year in the UK. Stage and film classic The Rocky Horror Show, unleashed in 1973 by creator Richard O'Brien (who also appeared in the film), will be kicking off on a new UK tour later this month.

Australian soap and pop star Jason Donovan stars as sex-mad transvestite Frank n' Furter in the Silver Jubilee production, which opens at the Birmingham Rep, 24 March before embarking on a nine-month, 16-cities tour across the country.

Th story takes place one stormy night in a forest where two all-American high school sweethearts, Janet Weiss (played by Susan Sarandon in the film) and Brad Majors, are stranded after their car breaks down. They notice a light shimmering in the distance and think they are saved. But when they knock on the door of the castle, they are ushered into a weird and wacky world that changes their lives. Here they meet a host of now famous characters - pouting Frank n' Furter who hails from the planet Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania; fellow alien Columbia; the dastardly Riff Raff and his sister Magenta.

The "rock and roll musical" features 18 hits - including "Time Warp," "Sweet Transvestite," "Dammit Janet" and "Going Home" - and invites some of the most unruly audience participation known in theatre.

--By Terri Paddock
What's On Stage, London

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