REVIEW: The Rocky Horror Show at The Alexandra Birmingham

Every time you step into a theatre, no matter how many times you’ve seen a show and feel like you know it like the back of your hand, you’ll always be surprised at how much it sweeps you off your feet.

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Richard o’Brien’s Rocky Horror Picture show has been entertaining crowds in their masses since it made its stage debut back in 1973, and while some may be led to believe that the show may have lost its sparkle over the years, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

In the 48 years since it graced the stage for the first time, Rocky Horror has gained a hugely successful cult following that continues to carry it year by year as one of the funniest and sexiest shows in show business.

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The first time I saw Rocky Horror back in 2016, I walked into it not knowing what to expect, so it’s safe to say that it came as a bit of a shock when I took my seat for a show filled with men in fishnet stockings, raunchy scenes and hilariously quick-witted heckles called out by the production’s faithful audience. 

But since then, it’s gone onto become one of my favourites. Yes, it’s a bit bonkers, but it’s a fantastic show that allows you to just shut off from the outside world and have a really good time. And whether its your first or 10th time seeing it, no viewing is ever really the same.

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This hilarious Sci-Fi/comedy follows the story of a newly engaged couple Brad and Janet, who find themselves stepping inside a rather strange residence after their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. It’s here that the meet a ‘sweet transvestite’, Frank-N-Furter, a crazed scientist who has created his very own Frankenstein – and my, oh, my isn’t he dreamy?

Ozzing glamour, style and buckets of humour, there’s so much to love about Rocky Horror. From its audience participation to its colourful sets and eccentric storyline, there’s a reason why its such a greatly loved show.

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Former Strictly Champion Ore Oduba took on the role of Brad, which gave him a chance to not only showcase his flicks and kicks in the fast-paced choreography, but also his delightful singing voice.

Fan favourite Stephen Webb gave an unforgettable performance as the wonderfully weird Frank-N-Furter, a role that he’s stepped into many times before.

Effortlessly strutting his stuff across the stage, his noteworthy performance was filled with seduction and a perfect balance of humour to keep you on your toes even on the most emotional scenes.

Haley Flaherty took to the stage as the innocent Janet, and having undertaken the role in the West End, it came as no surprise that she gave an impeccable performance as the show’s leading lady.

Philip Franks returned as the Narrator. He took no time in firing back at the crowd with hilarious ad libs without even taking any time to think. Not to mention brave jokes surrounding politics and the current petrol shortage. 

As iconic now as the day o’Brien shared his strange and comedic tale with the world, Rocky Horror Show is a truly unforgettable piece of theatre that will continue to entertain its cult following for many years to come.

Rocky Horror Show runs at The Alexandra until Saturday, October 2. Click here to find out more and book your tickets.

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