Rocky Horror Show at Artscape this holiday season


SINCE it first opened in London in June 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show has become the world’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll musical, having been performed worldwide for 45 years in more than 30 countries and translated into over 20 languages.

A stunning new critically-acclaimed production is coming to Artscape from December 6 till January 12, 2020 and thereafter to the Teatro, Montecasino. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the smash hit show features all of the famous musical numbers which have made The Rocky Horror Show such a huge hit for more than four decades, including Sweet Transvestite, Science Fiction/Double Feature, Dammit Janet and timeless floor-filler The Time Warp.

Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff. Photo by Simon Mayhew

The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank ’n ‘Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house while on their way to visit their favourite college professor. It’s an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits. The Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music all while encouraging audience participation meaning, of course, getting dressed in the most outrageous fancy dress.

Craig Urbani behind the scenes

The cast is led by Craig Urbani as Dr Frank ’n’ Furter; the actor previously played Frank’s creation and object of lust, Rocky.

“Since I played the role of Rocky in 1992, I have been dreaming about playing Frank, and playing it in my head over all these years,” he says. “So to finally actually get to put it on its feet and do it for real… is a dream come true!”

Kate Normington is the Narrator, with Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff, Anthony Downing as Brad Majors, Didintle Khunou as Janet Weiss, Marlee van der Merwe as Magenta/Usherette, Stefania du Toit as Columbia, Zak Hendrikz as Dr Scott/Eddie, Jarryd Nurden as Rocky, and Jessica Sole, Usisipho Nteyi, Robin Timm, Tyla Dee Nurden and Sean Louw as the ensemble/covers.

Anton Luitingh is the resident director, and Bryan Schimmel is the musical director.

How’d you do? I see you’ve met my faithful handyman

CREDITS: Images by Jesse Kramer Photography, make-up by Gareth Coleman from M*A*C Cosmetics, wigs assistant Barry de Bruyn, costumes co-ordinated by Penny Simpson


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