West End Theatre Guide London
The Rocky Horror Show is unique. That is the single word that sums it up. It’s so wonderfully weird and bizarre but it’s so good. It is showing at the Playhouse Theatre for a strictly limited run before embarking on a UK Tour. This production was directed by Christopher Luscombe (previous productions of Rocky Horror Show, Spamalot, Importance of Being Earnest).
The father of Rocky Horror is Richard O’Brien. He played the Narrator for the Playhouse run. As soon as he walked on the stage the crowd were on their feet and cheering. Rightly so, the whole plot, music and setting was all dreamt up by O’Brien.
David Bedella (In the Heights, Hedwig and the Angry Itch, Chicago) played Doctor Frank-n-Furter. Bedella was outstanding strutting around the stage and his performance of ‘Sweet Transvestite’ was amazing.
Kristian Lavercombe (Urinetown, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver!) and Jayde Westaby (Jersey Boys, Saturday Night Fever, Mamma Mia) played Riff Raff and Magenta. Lavercombe had a tough act to follow with O’Brien having played the role in the film. He was outstanding. Westaby was brilliant as Magenta and the Usherette who sings ‘Double Feature’. The pair performed perfectly together.
Sophie Linder-Lee (Wicked, Mamma Mia) was cast as Columbia. Little Nell was much loved in the role so it was a lot to live up to. Linder-Lee was brilliant, keeping her cool when her hat fell off while she was tap dancing during the ‘Time Warp’.
Rocky was played by Dominic Anderson (Cats). The line that was usually “blonde hair and a tan” was changed to “dark hair and a tan”. Wow. Anderson was perfect for the role.
Richard Meek (I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, Spamalot, Starlight Express) played Eddie and Dr Scott. He was wonderful in both roles, performing ‘Hot Patootie – Bless my Soul’ and ‘Eddie’ very well.
Brad and Janet were played by Ben Forster (Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, soon to be The Phantom) and Haley Flaherty (Love Never Dies, Mamma Mia, Grease). ‘Damnit Janet’ and ‘Over at the Frankenstein Place’ was skilfully performed by the two.
The Rocky Horror Show has been brought back to the West End with style and sass with non other than the Rocky Horror Godfather, Richard O’Brien starring as the Narrator. It was a wonderful experience of flirty, flamboyant sex appeal, frivolity and decadence.