Unprecedented musical treat makes its way to Tassie

5 November 2019|Community News| Off Comments off on Unprecedented musical treat makes its way to Tassie|

ONE of the world’s favourite musicals is set to make a long-awaited return to Tasmania for the first time in 34 years.

‘The Rocky Horror Show’, written by Richard O’Brien, will hit the Theatre Royal stage in October next year where audiences will be treated to a spectacle not seen before in the state.

Producer John X said the professional production would raise the bar for theatre in Tasmania and was confident it would be the biggest Tasmanian theatre production ever.

“This will be a professional show, featuring a stellar cast of interstate and Tasmanian theatre professionals, as well as an icon of Australian stage and screen,” he said.

“With a budget of more than $1 million, we are confident that Tasmanian audiences will never have seen anything like what we have planned.”

After a break-out season of ‘Rock of Ages’ in 2016 and a record-breaking sold out season of ‘We Will Rock You’ last year, John X and his fellow producers (wife Cassie Xintavelonis and Ben Armitage) wanted to take things up several notches.

“We’ve negotiated with the London-based Rocky Horror Company for more than 12 months to get this across the line and jumped through many hoops to satisfy them that we will put on a production to their exacting standards,” John X said.

“This is going to provide enormous opportunities for Tasmanian theatre practitioners to work on a show of this size and scale either on stage or backstage.

“This will be the only season of The Rocky Horror Show in Australia in 2020 – people will be flying down to Tasmania to come and see it in our beautifully historic and intimate Theatre Royal.

“Tickets are now on sale and they are set to go like they are in a time warp.”

The musical is packed with classic songs like I’m Just a Sweet Transvestite, Damn It Janet, I Can Make You A Man, Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me, Over At The Frankenstein Place and, of course, The Time Warp.

The Rocky Horror Show made its debut at London’s internationally famous Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 1973.

While it’s essentially a rock’n’roll show, it has also become an iconic brand and an entity unto itself, which has defied the decades and continued to grow in popularity.

The story revolves around squeaky-clean sweethearts Brad and Janet, who knock on the door of an eerie house to use the phone after their car breaks down in the rain on a dark and stormy night.

Little do they know, but they’ve just walked into a convention of beings from the planet Transsexual, led by the irrepressible leather-clad, sweet transvestite Frank-N-Furter.

What ensues is a night of music, mayhem and naughtiness where fantasy becomes reality.

Tickets are available at the Theatre Royal and online at theatreroyal.com.au.

Caption: John X, pictured centre, with Time Warp dancers, from left, Blair Ashwood, Tayla Moschogianis, Naarah Barnes, Kirsty Anderton, Samantha James-Radford and Piers Artis at the launch of ‘The Rocky Horror Show.’


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