Brad & Janet with Dr Frank N Furter

Brad & Janet with Dr Frank N Furter

Sydney’s tourism has received another boost with the recent opening of the 40th anniversary production of Richard O’Brien’s legendary Rocky Horror Show at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in Pyrmont. This show will certainly be a major drawcard to entice fans of the original production and later movie version to experience this latest glittering version, as well as theatre lovers who have not yet experienced this must see show.

Many of those who purchase tickets will expand their theatre visit into an overnight stay or even a mini break of a couple of days to take advantage of some of the delights Sydney has to offer, such as great restaurants and bars, fabulous shopping and strolling through the city’s historic areas, to name just a few of the attractions of spending some extra time in Sydney. Successful theatrical productions generate widespread economic benefits to the entire city.

Sandra Tiltman at Rocky Horror Show

Sandra Tiltman at Rocky Horror Show

I attended a preview performance of this award winning production and from the moment the band strikes up the exciting Time Warp you know you are in for a fun night ahead. Other classic songs featured are Sweet Transvestite, Dammit Janet, I Can Make You A Man, Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me and Over At The Frankenstein Place.

Fresh from shooting the title role in the third series of ABC TV’s top rating drama series, “The Doctor Blake Mysteries”, television and theatre star Craig McLachlan plays the starring role in the Rocky Horror Show of the Transylvanian transsexual, Dr Frank N Furter. Craig was awarded Best Male Actor in a Musical at the 2014 Helpmann Awards for his role as Frank.

Kristian Lavercombe is wonderful as Riff Raff, Frank’s loyal handyman, while Amy Lehpamer and Stephen Mahy are perfect as the innocent duo, Brad & Janet, caught up in a situation they don’t understand. Brendan Irving plays Frank’s creation “Rocky” and both Angelique Cassimatis and Jayde Westaby add glamour as Columbia and Magenta.

One of Australia’s best loved performers, Bert Newton, brings everything together as the Narrator.

The Rocky Horror Show is a true classic and one of theatre’s most endearing and outrageously fun shows. It opened at London’s Royal Court Theatre on 19 June 1973 and developed a cult following. Adapted into a film in 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, is the longest running release in film history.

Playing at Sydney Lyric Theatre each evening from Tuesday to Saturday, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday until 7 June, The Rocky Horror Show then heads to the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne from 12 June 2015.

Sandra Tiltman

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