Rocky Horror Creator O'Brien Has His Eyes on The Stripper

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Richard O'Brien, creator of The Rocky Horror Show, is to star in a new pulp-fiction thriller he co-wrote, The Stripper, to begin performances at Hornchurch's Queen's Theatre, Essex, on the outskirts of London's East End, Aug. 29-Sept. 19.

It will then tour to Milton Keynes Theatre (Sept. 22-26), and Glasgow's King's Theatre (Sept. 29-Oct. 3).

Set in the seedy world of strip joints and dodgy dating agencies in 1961 California, it is described in press materials as a "burlesque and bullets" musical. Based on a pulp fiction novel by Carter Brown, who wrote more than 150 crime stories which sold in excess of 70 million copies, it features strippers, cops and sexy secretaries and other classic archetypes from the world of the dime novel.

It tells the story of police Lieutenant Al Wheeler as he struggles to solve the mystery of the death of wannabe actress Patty Keller. According to production notes, "First call was delectable Deadpan Dolores, a strawberry blonde who worked at the Club Extravaganza. She didn't usually keep things under wraps, so what was she hiding? With a nose for crime and an eye for the ladies, Wheeler will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth."

O'Brien provides the lyrics, with music by Richard Hartley.

To book tickets, contact the respective box offices: for the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 (; for Milton Keynes Theatre, 0844 871 7652 (; for Glasgow's King's Theatre, 0870 060 6648 (

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