Do The Time-Warp Again for 50 Years of The Rocky Horror Show at Cardiff’s New Theatre

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the musical The Rocky Horror Show, which is currently on an extended tour and plays Cardiff’s New Theatre this Easter!

The show, which first premiered in London’s Royal Court Theatre in June 1973, is the longest continuous run of a contemporary musical worldwide. It has been seen by over 30 million people in more than 30 countries and translated into 20 languages.

The cast includes Motherland star Jackie Clune as the Narrator, Welsh-born actor Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff, West End star Stephen Webb as Frank, Richard Meek as Brad, and Haley Flaherty as Janet.

Clune stated “When the producers asked me to play the Narrator I was thrilled. The Rocky Horror Show is such a unique show. I just thought, I cannot say no to Time Warping up and down the country”

Directed by Christopher Luscombe, The Rocky Horror Show is guaranteed to thrill with timeless classics like I Can Make You a Man, Damn it Janet, and the pelvic thrusting show stopping Time Warp.

A scene from The Rocky Horror Show. Photo: David Freeman

The Rocky Horror Show is a one-of-a-kind adventure that takes you on a journey with Brad and Janet, two college students whose car breaks down outside a creepy mansion while on their way to see their former professor. There, they meet Dr. Frank n Furter, a charismatic and quirky character who leads them on a wild and entertaining ride. This show is famous for combining science-fiction, horror, comedy, and music, and it’s all about having a good time. And the best part? The audience is encouraged to join in on the fun by dressing up in the most outrageous outfits. So get ready to let loose and enjoy a night of pure entertainment!

Producer Howard Panter and creator Richard O’Brien are both thrilled that the show continues to thrill audiences across the world, and they look forward to the next 50 years of The Rocky Horror Show. O’Brien himself reflects on the show’s beginnings as a humble staff party performance in the 1970s at EMI Film Studios and how it has evolved into the phenomenon it is today as he states:

“Back in the 1970’s when someone asked me to entertain the Christmas staff party at the EMI Film Studios and I turned up with a song called Science Fiction Double Feature who would have known this was the germ of the idea to turn into today what is The Rocky Horror Show. To be celebrating fifty years is beyond my wildest expectations – from the humble beginnings back in 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre in London. The fact that The Rocky Horror Show continues to delight audiences as it tours the UK fifty years on

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