Review: The Rocky Horror Show, Edinburgh Playhouse

Suspenders at the ready, The Rocky Horror Show is back in town.

Based on Richard O’Brien’s cult 70s musical of the same name, The Rocky Horror Show is a mind-warping production that’ll transport you straight to Transexual, Transylvania. This outrageous horror/comedy musical is like nothing else – it’s camp, it’s queer, it’s intergalactic and it will have you dancing all night, or at least doing The Time Warp.

The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of a young and newly engaged couple, Brad Majors (played by James Darch) and Janet Weiss (Joanne Clifton of Strictly Come Dancing) as they are swept up into the bizarre world of Dr Frank N Furter and his kooky friends.

Duncan James (of boyband Blue fame) is fabulous as Frank N Furter, the story’s mad-scientist. Powerful vocals and a demanding stage presence proves James is far beyond his boyband days, and Clifton and Darch deliver solid and slick performances throughout. But it wouldn’t be Rocky Horror without Frank N Furter’s sidekicks and Kristian Lavercombe (Riff Raff), Laura Harrison (Magenta), Miracle Chance (Columbia) and Callum Evans as Rocky all excel in their roles.

There’s no denying that Rocky Horror’s cult following makes the musical what it is and a cold Monday night wasn’t going to deter die-hard fans from squeezing into their suspenders and sparkly jackets. That’s largely because Rocky Horror isn’t your standard Hollywood-esque musical – the crowd actively get involved with the story and audience participation is very much encouraged – and Philip Franks takes it all in his stride. Starring as the Narrator, Franks’ sharp and impeccably timed one-liners has the audience in hysterics throughout.

We could say it’s the perfect show for Hallowe’en, but Rocky Horror is one of the best musicals around – so whenever you have the chance, follow the light over to the Frankenstein Place and prepare for the ride of your life.

The Rocky Horror Show is on at Edinburgh Playhouse until 2 November 2019.

Words: Aimee Stanton

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