Press Release: The sensational Rocky Horror Show return to the Fugard Theatre by popular demand

July 20, 2014

From 22 July, one of the world's most iconic musicals returns to the Fugard Theatre by popular demand!  Richard O' Brien's smash hit musical, The Rocky Horror Show, produced by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre, set stages alight when it ran to capacity houses in  Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2013/14. Now, by popular demand, the divine madness returns, with actor Terence Bridgett (Isidingo, Rough or Smooth, 7de Laan, MacBeth, A Winter’s Tale) joining the superb cast for the first three weeks of the run as the quirky and highly entertaining Narrator. 

The production thrilled more than 60 000 people in its first season in the Mother City last year, extending no fewer than three times before enjoying a 10 week completely sold out run at Joburg’s Montecasino Theatre earlier this year.  Directed by Matthew Wild with musical direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and choreography by Louisa Talbot, the sensational show scooped  three prestigious Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards in March 2014: for Brendan van Rhyn (Dr Frank 'N Furter) as Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Andrew Laubscher (Riff Raff) as best Supporting Actor in a Musical and for Daneel van der Walt as Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Magenta). All three actors will reprise their roles, backed by an outstanding cast that includes Fleur du Cap 2013 nominees Paul du Toit as Brad, Jenny Stead as Janet, Dominique Maher as Columbia, and Adrian Galley as the Narrator who takes over from Terence Bridgett from 12 August onwards. Pierre van Heerden plays Dr Scott & Eddie, and Shaun Smit plays the buff, tanned blonde-haired Rocky. Singing sensation Lucy Tops returns to her role as the Usherette for the full Cape Town return season. Jenna Robinson-Child, Emile Doubell, Sven-Eric Muller, Chloe Perling, Ashleigh Butcher and Zolani Shangase magnificently support the core company.  The live onstage band of Kate Borthwick, Rob Ogilvie, Zeke Le Grange, Alessandro Batazzi and Justin Maree, accompanies the cast every night as they belt out the iconic hit songs “Science Fiction/Double Feature”, “Dammit, Janet!”, “Sweet Transvestite” and “The Time Warp”. 

Additional creative members on the production are Tina Driedijk; set (Suor Angelica, The Rake’s Progress, Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail), Penny Simpson; costume (Evita, Fiddler on the Roof , Man of La Mancha, Sunset Boulevard), Aki Khan; sound (for Eastern Acoustics) and Daniel Galloway; lighting (Kat & the Kings, The Kramer Petersen Songbook, A Human Being Died That Night). Both Penny Simpson and Daniel Galloway received nominations in their respective categories at this year’s Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards. Graphic Designs are by James Cooke and the Video Animation is designed by Anwar McWhite. 

Show specific Participation Packs are a huge hit and make for even more fun as fabulously dressed up, fun loving theatre goers throw confetti, wave glowsticks and snap their plastic gloves as instructed by the Narrator. Participation Packs are for sale nightly at the theatre. There will be Official Dress Up Nights at each 8pm performance every Friday and Saturday night beginning on Friday 25 July 2014. The best-dressed person will win an apple iPad mini at the end of the season. 

For The Rocky Horror Show fanatics there are also two special Halloween Performances on Friday 31 October at 7pm and 10:30pm. 

The Rocky Horror Show performances run from 22 July until 2 November 2014, on Tuesday to Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm and Sundays at 5:30pm. Tickets ranging from R100 to R250 are available through Computicket or the Theatre box office on 021 461 4554. Tickets are flying so advance booking is highly recommended. Delicious snack baskets are available from the gorgeous Fugard bar (and roof top bar) before and after each performance. Please note the show rating is PG 16 and extensive strobe lighting is used in the production. 


Press release provided by Allison Foat.

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