REVIEW: The Rocky Horror Show at Bristol Hippodrome
By Carol_Deacon | Thursday, August 22, 2013, 17:26
Sassy, saucy and salacious The Rocky Horror Show successfully returned to the Bristol Hippodrome this week.
The audience came in fancy dress for The Rocky Horror show at the Bristol Hippodrome
The Rocky Horror show at the Bristol Hippodrome
Rhydian on stage for The Rocky Horror show at the Bristol Hippodrome
A cast of very naughty and not-so-nice transvestites from Transylvania triumphantly descended on the theatre for the return of the 40th anniversary tour which played earlier this year.
And there was no in-between you either loved it or loved it even more.
It was back in 1973 that Richard O'Brien wrote the musical celebrating sci-fi, B-movies and gender bending which is on stage at the Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday, August 24.
Since the 70s it has attracted a cult following many of whom were on the St Augustine's Parade pavement patiently waiting for the doors to open on Monday evening.
It was a jaw-dropping moment when one of the two teenaged granddaughters who accompanied me to the opening night was asked for a synopsis of the plot.
Her mouth opened wide but no words came out as shock, horror she was caught in a time-warp!
This was reminiscent of the facial expressions both girls displayed when they viewed the cheeky corsetry, ripped black stockings and nothing much else wore by the cross-dressers parading outside the theatre prior to curtain up.
The Rocky Horror Show depends on a certain open mindedness and sense of humour and it achieved this with abundance.
The full frontal costumes were loud, lewd and lovely, the singing was full throttle and the dancing exuberant – and that was only the audience.
At the end of the show no-one was sitting down.
Director and narrator Christopher Luscombe created this new production which is on a 12-month UK tour.
He is brilliant, funny and crushing in his put downs and ad libs a superior stage presence in the face of the good-humoured, quick-witted student hecklers.
Straight-laced, squeaky clean engaged couple Ben Forster (Brad) and Rachel Grundy (Janet) were brilliant and their jiggy, jiggy bedtime romp between satin sheets with West End actor Oliver Thornton as the dark and Gothic lead character Frank 'n' Furter was hilarious.
Welsh baritone and X Factor runner-up Rhydian added to the extensive musical range as the blonde and muscular love interest Rocky.
The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and Janet who meet Dr Frank 'n'Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house.
It is an adventure they'll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks and frivolity, bursting with timeless musical classics including Science Fiction/Double Feature andDammit Janet.
The Bristol Hippodrome has a full line-up of fantastic shows including opera, pop, ballet and one-off star performances. Here is a selection of its future programme until the end of this year:
GHOST THE MUSICAL
This happy-ever-after tearjerker is based on the phenomenal Oscar winning 1990s movie and is rollercoaster ride of romance and comedy with dazzling state-of-the-art staging stars Rebecca Trehearn as Molly Jensen, Stewart Clarke as Sam Wheat and Wendy Mae Brown as Oda Mae Brown. It plays from Tuesday to Saturday, August 27-September 14. Tickets cost £10-£45 with concessions available for certain performances. Go to www.ghostthemusical.com for more information.
Set in a decadent post war Berlin this musical is in the Money, Money as it stars X Factor winner and superstar Will Young and runs from Tuesday to Saturday, September 17-21. For tickets at £15-£49.50 with concessions available at certain performances go to www.atgtickets.com/bristol.
Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world's greatest entertainer the late Michael Jackson and runs from Monday to Saturday, September 30-October 5. Tickets at £16-£36.50 with concessions available at certain performances go to www.thrillerlive.com for more information.
Marti Pellow, the lead singer of Scottish pop group Wet Wet Wet, stars in Evita which opens on Monday, October 7 and runs until Saturday, 12. Featuring some of the most famous and inspiring stage music ever written, including the classic songs Don't Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, Oh What a Circus, You Must Love Me and Another Suitcase In Another Hall this Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber production is on a spectacular national tour. Tickets at £10-£37.50 with concessions available at certain performances go to www.kenwright.com.
Based on TS Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's record- breaking adaptation is on a UK tour. Directed by Trevor Nunn, with choreography by Gillian Lynne and set and costume design by John Napier it runs from Tuesday to Saturday, October 15-26. Tickets £15-£45 with concessions available at certain performances. For more information go to www.catsthemusical.com.
Tickets for the annual pantomime starring naughty but nice dancer and celebrity Louie Spence, West Country comedian Andy Ford and former singer with pop group Hear'say, Suzanne Shaw, in the title role are selling fast. The show runs from Friday to Sunday, December 6-January 5, 2014 and promises to be the perfect festive treat. Go to www.atgtickets.com/bristol. Tickets £11.90-£37.90 with online booking fee.
- And it gets even better with lined up for 2014 is West Side Story, Singin' in the Rain, Mousetrap and the fabulous Barry Humphries - The Eat, Pray and Laugh Tour in February.