The Rocky Horror Show is marking the 45th anniversary of its first performance with a 12-month UK tour, which starts at the Theatre Royal Brighton on December 13, writes Angie Cronin.
Blue singer and Hollyoaks actor Duncan James and West End star Stephen Webb will play the role of Frank; Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton will be Janet; and a1’s Ben Adams will be Brad.
Kristian Lavercombe will reprise his role as Riff Raff, following more than 1,300 performances in The Rocky Horror Show around the world.
The musical tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank’n’Furter when their car breaks down outside his house while on their way to visit their favourite college professor.
The musical began life in 1973 before an audience of just 63 people in the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs.
It was made into The Rocky Horror Picture Show movie in 1975 and starred Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry and Richard O’Brien, who also wrote the screenplay. Since its first stage performance back in 1973, many stars including Russell Crowe, Jerry Springer, Jason Donovan and Meatloaf have appeared in The Rocky Horror Show.
James will play the role of Frank when the tour visits Oxford, Southampton, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Stoke-On-Trent, Blackpool, Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham and Edinburgh, and Webb will perform at Brighton, Manchester, Sunderland, Milton Keynes, Wimbledon, Sheffield, Torquay, Woking, Belfast, Bromley, York and Dartford.
Both Clifton and Adams will be in the show until May 25.
Pictured: Ben Adams as Brad and Joanne Clifton as Janet.