By Liz Coggins
Having passed its 40th anniversary some years ago The Rocky Horror Show is just as popular as ever and boasts one of the biggest cult followings in musical theatre.
It’s a show where the audience dress as outrageously as the cast and know the songs and dialogue as well as the actors. Rather like a pantomime for adults, audience participation is positively encouraged as are basques, suspenders and fishnets.
Director, Christopher Luscombe has given his touring production a nip and tuck making it slicker, faster and punchier.
The story revolves around Brad and Janet, a squeaky- clean couple whose car breaks down near a strange house filled with odd characters with the result that their life will never be the same again.
Haley Flaherty’s Janet is sugary sweet perfection whilst there’s something very believable about Richard Meek’s rather innocent and gullible Brad. As transvestite Frank-N-Furter, Liam Tamme is overtly sexual and at times pushes the boundaries in a subtle way, which the audience love. The Narrator in Rocky Horror always has a tough job and Coronation Street’s Charlie Condou was no exception. Struggling at first and being a little self-indulgent with Corrie quips, he never really seemed comfortable in the role.
The production boasts a small, but talented supporting cast, who work tirelessly to achieve some amazing performances and negotiate Nathan M Wright’s stunning choreography with ease. Despite its age The Rocky Horror Show still dispenses a certain feel-good factor.
Leeds Grand Theatre To November 5.