Rocky Horror Will Do "Time Warp" Again on U.K. Tour

News   Rocky Horror Will Do "Time Warp" Again on U.K. Tour
David Bedella, who won the 2004 Beset Actor Olivier Award for creating the role of Satan/Warm-up Man in Jerry Springer – the Opera, is returning to the role of Frank 'n' Furter for a new U.K. tour of Richard O'Brien's cult 1973 musical The Rocky Horror Show, beginning performances at London's Wimbledon Theatre from Sept. 17.

It will tour to Stoke-on-Trent's Regent Theatre, Milton Keynes Theatre, Bromley's Churchill Theatre, Woking's New Victoria, Brighton's Theatre Royal, Birmingham Hippodrome, Liverpool Empire, Windsor's Theatre Royal, Glasgow's King's and Manchester's Palace, to December 2010. The tour will resume in the New Year, kicking off at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre from Jan. 18, then continuing to Leicester's De Montfort Hall, with further dates to be announced.

Bedella has previously played the role on a previous U.K. national tour in 2006, that resulted in two West End runs (at the Playhouse Theatre in July 2006 and the Comedy Theatre in January 2007). He has also been seen on TV in the BBC1 series "Holby City" as Dr. Carlos Fashola, and starred in numerous Broadway and U.S. national tours including productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, La Cage Aux Folles, Almost Like Being in Love, Smokey Joe's Cafe, West Side Story, and A Chorus Line, or which he received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He has also recreated his role in Jerry Springer – the Opera in concert performances of the show at New York's Carnegie Hall in January 2008 and at Sydney Opera House in Australia in April 2009.

The production is directed by Christopher Luscombe (whose recent credits include Alan Bennett's Enjoy, which transferred from the Bath Theatre Royal to the West End's Gielgud Theatre), and is produced by Howard Panter for ATG and Bill Kenwright.

According to press materials, The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of engaged sweethearts Brad and Janet who are forced to seek refuge in a castle full of the maddest, baddest and sexiest group the world has ever seen. Written by Richard O'Brien, the score features such songs as "Sweet Transvestite," "Damit Janet" and "The Time Warp." The show premiered at the Royal Court's Theatre Upstairs in June 1973, and was subsequently made into a film in 1975, in which O'Brien himself playd Riff Raff. He is also presented the TV show "The Crystal Maze." In August, he will star in a new show The Stripper, a pulp fiction thriller, that he has also written lyrics for and will be premiered at Hornchurch's Queen's Theatre, beginning performances Aug. 29.

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