Preview: The Rocky Horror Show, Edinburgh Playhouse

It might be months until Halloween but be prepared for costumes galore in Edinburgh this week as The Rocky Horror Show rolls into town.

Starring Diana Vickers as Janet, Ben Freeman as Brad and S Club 7’s Paul Cattermole as Eddie/Dr Scott, the latest touring incarnation of Richard O’Brien’s hit musical looks set to be non-stop party – bursting with risqué jokes, memorable songs and outrageous costumes.

The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean American college kids who meet Dr Frank ‘n’ Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house. What follows is a fun and hilarious sci-fi adventure that they’ll never be able to forget.

The famous musical premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 1973 before it was adapted into a cult comedy-horror movie starring Tim Curry as a ‘sweet transvestite from Transylvania’ and Susan Sarandon as Janet in 1975. It features a host of memorable songs including Dammit Janet, Time Warp and Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me.

During live performances, it has become common for the audience to dress up and shout out lines from the script throughout.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Curry would join Queen frontman Adam Lambert and Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox in a FOX TV remake of the film, which is set to be screened in the autumn. He will play the role of The Narrator.

Speaking at the time, Lambert said: “I grew up watching Rocky Horror but could never imagine that I would part of this new vision. Rocky Horror always made me feel like it was OK to celebrate my weirdness. Hallelujah, bless my soul! I love that old time rock ‘n’ roll.”

The Rocky Horror Show, Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Edinburgh, Monday 28 March – Thursday 31 March 2016, 8pm, from £17.90, 0844 871 3014.

 Words: Amy Anderson