rocky horror show

If you happen to be in Hanley town centre during the evenings this week, be prepared to observe some creatively dressed individuals, as Richard O'Brien's cult phenomenon The Rocky Horror Show time warps it's way into the Regent Theatre.


As a Rocky Horror Show virgin I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this production. However in the interest of trying things at least once, we flung on our fancy dress and headed down to the theatre. 


The atmosphere from the audience really makes this production, and that was clear from the crowd of seasoned fans in the lobby clearly excited at the prospect of seeing the show yet again. 


This is perhaps one of the most interactive shows I have ever seen, and the narrator played by Steve Punt is key to this. His impromptu banter with the audiences heckling was hilarious resulting in quite a few unscripted jokes. He also made room for the traditional jokes from the audience to be heard and acknowledged. I found myself really looking forward to his stage appearances. 


Duncan James excels as Frank N Furter and is the perfect mix of creepiness and sass. His initial grand entrance was met with a wall of noise from the audience and he does not disappoint with strong performances of the well known favourites such as 'Sweet Transvestite'. 


Joanne Clifton takes the role of the sweet and innocent 'Janet' and gets the balance here just right without becoming irritating. She is complemented by the slightly geeky 'Brad' played by James Darch. Vocal performances by both individuals were fabulous and they held the story together superbly. 


The ensemble cast was also fabulous with incredible performances from Laura Harrison as 'Magenta', Miracle Chance as 'Columbia', Kristian Lavercombe as 'Riff Raff' and Callum Evans as 'Rocky' who does more cartwheels than I have ever seen one person do in such a short time. 


The story is a strange cross between the X Files, Dracula, Frankenstein and a really good Christmas pantomime. Having said this i laughed the entire way through, had a really great time and danced with the rest of the theatre for the 'Time Warp' (I genuinely don't think there was anyone left seated!) 


So if madness takes its toll and you want a slightly different night out, book your tickets now for the astounding Rocky Horror Show at the Regent Theatre. However time is fleeting, so make sure you see it before the 8th June when it flies back off to Transylvania or you will be forever left in ANTICIPATION! 

Reviewed by Samantha Weston at the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent.

The Rocky Horror Show is currently touring the country until October 2019, with more dates still to be announced.  For more information and to book tickets head to the shows website.