Via Video, John Neville Will Be Among Cast of CanStage's Rocky Horror

News   Via Video, John Neville Will Be Among Cast of CanStage's Rocky Horror
John Neville, the respected actor, director and former artistic director of the Stratford Festival, will appear in CanStage's The Rocky Horror Show — if only on video.

Playing the Narrator, British-born Neville will make a "video appearance" in director Ted Dykstra's production of the rock musical with book, music and lyrics by Richard O'Brien.

The production will play CanStage's Bluma Appel Theatre March 26-April 21, 2007.

The musical about sweet transvestite Dr. Frank 'N' Furter and a naïve and prudish couple, Brad and Janet, will also feature Adam Brazier as Frank 'N' Furter, Mairi Babb as Janet, Karen Burthwright as Phantom, Dena Chiarcossi as Phantom, Caden Douglas as Phantom, Gerrad Everard as Rocky, Steven Gallagher as Riff Raff, Eddie Glen as Eddie/Dr. Scott, David Lopez as Phantom, Ron Pederson as Brad, Christine Rossi as Columbia and Alison SomerVille as Magenta/Usherette.

Neville, 81, played Henry Higgins in Stratford's My Fair Lady and toured the U.S. in a separate, unrelated commercial production. He also starred in the motion picture "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen." He played The Well-Manicured-Man in TV's "The X-Files." In the 1950s, he was a major player in the Old Vic company in London. He moved to Canada in 1972 and became artistic director of the Citadel Theatre in Alberta. He was the artistic director at Stratford 1985-89.

The creative team of The Rocky Horror Show includes musical director Steve Hunter, choreographer Jody Ripplinger, set designer Michael Gianfrancesco, costume designer Erika Connor, lighting designer Robert Thomson, sound designer John Bent Jr., video designers Tyler Devine and Craig Putt and stage manager Chris Porter. Opening is March 29.

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