Review: Rocky Horror Show @the Opera House, Manchester
What better way start 2016 than with this raucous androgynous blast from the past which has lost none of its magic since its premier more than 40 years ago.
If you’re suffering from the January blues after coming down from your festive revelry, this production of Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show is sure to shake you out of it.
With a strong cast supported by a very lively crowd, the Opera House production will prove to be a big hit with the fans of the show as well as a new generation of audiences.
Liam Tamne excels as the main man/woman Frank-N-Furter and Kristian Lavercombe ably fills the boots of the brilliant Riff Raff.
Former X Factor star, Diana Vickers is Janet and her performance can count as another success in a burgeoning career as a theatre performer.
The role of Rocky, Frank-N-Furter’s creation, is quite a tricky one, but Dominic Andersen pulls it off admirably.
Coronation Street’s Charlie Condou, performing for the first time in this touring production as the narrator, sometimes had trouble dealing with a raucous but good natured audience who insisted on joining in – and at one point he forgot his lines. But nobody cared – it’s that kind of show.
The Rocky Horror Show was first performed on 19 June 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre and tells the story of Brad and his fiancé 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 their former college professor.
It is an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits.
Directed by Christopher Luscombe, The Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music and encourages audience participation meaning, of course, getting dressed in your most outrageous fancy dress.