I saw The Rocky Horror Show with Tim Curry as Frank N. Furter in the West End in 1973. I was very young and, without question, it was the most avant garde musical production I had ever seen. I certainly don’t think I had ever seen a bloke wearing stockings and suspenders before. My eyes must have been out on stalks, but let’s face it, it was all part of my education.
It is a story of two clean cut kids, Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, whose car breaks down in the middle if nowhere. They stumble across the castle of Dr. Frank N Furter who is carrying out maniacal experiments. It is a spoof horror musical and a bizarre story of seduction and sexual confusion … for those that are confused.
I have since seen the movie and another touring production of the show, which now has a cult following. You have to go and see it. Dress up for it! There is plenty of scope.
Written by Richard O’Brien, a British-New Zealand writer, actor, television presenter and theatre performer – above right. Richard appeared in the 1973 West End production as Riff Raff and played the same part in the movie. Richard appeared in the 1973 West End production as Riff Raff and played the same part in the movie.
The songs will have you glam rocking it in the aisles and all the way down the road after the performance.
I can’t see it is currently touring the UK, so treat yourself to the DVD of the movie which also stars Tim Curry with Susan
Sarandon as Janet.