The 50th Anniversary production of legendary Rock ‘N’ Roll musical The Rocky Horror Show has added Canberra to its national tour. Playing at the Canberra Theatre Centre for a limited season from 29 September 2023, The Rocky Horror Show has been playing to sell-out audiences at Theatre Royal Sydney and will play seasons in Adelaide, Melbourne, and Perth.
The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank N Furter an extra-terrestrial mad scientist from the galaxy of Transylvania where people really like to party! It’s an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits.
Leading the cast as Frank N Furter is three-time Olivier Award winning performer David Bedella, who returns to Australia for the first time since reprising his starring role in the critically acclaimed Jerry Springer: The Opera at Sydney Opera House in 2009.
“I am thrilled to be returning to Australia after so many years and to return to a show that is forever linked to my heart!” said Bedella. “I hope everyone will come along to help us celebrate a show that has undeniably become the greatest cult sensation musical theatre has ever seen and has meant so much to so many for 50 years!”
The stellar case includes Stellar Perry as Magenta, Ellis Dolan as Eddie/Dr Scott, Darcey Eagle as Columbia, Ethan Jones as Brad, Deirdre Khoo as Janet, Loredo Malcolm as Rocky and Henry Rollo as Riff Raff. Starring alongside them on stage as The Phantoms will be Josh Gates, Catty Hamilton, Jackson Reedman and Erica Wild. Keane Fletcher and Kristina McNamara round out the cast as the Swings.
Written and created by Richard O’Brien, The Rocky Horror Show has become one of the world’s favourite musicals and is currently the only contemporary rock musical to celebrate 50 years on stage. Since it first opened in London in 1973 at the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs, The Rocky Horror Show has been continuously on stage somewhere in the world and has paved its way into history as one of the classics of musical theatre.
The 50th Anniversary Rocky Horror Show creative team includes Director Christopher Luscombe, Set Designer Hugh Durrant, Costume Designer Sue Blane, Choreographer Nathan M Wright, Lighting Designer Nick Richings, Music Richard Hartley (original musical arrangements).