Richard O’Brien joins the cast of Rocky Horror, Adelaide

Adelaide, you are in for a treat: It’s time to do the Time Warp with the mastermind behind Rocky Horror…

It was confirmed this morning that Richard O’Brien – the creator of The Rocky Horror Show – will join the Australian cast as the Narrator for the upcoming Adelaide season only.

Craig McLachlan and Brendan Irving with Richard O'Brien
Craig McLachlan and Brendan Irving with Richard O’Brien. Image by Jeff Busby

Currently playing in Perth at Crown Theatre, the 2014 Australian tour of The Rocky Horror Show is proving to be a phenomenal success with the Brisbane season selling out, receiving standing ovations at every performance and audiences ecstatically dancing the Time Warp, time and time again.

Richard O’Brien, who wrote the much loved rock and roll musical and played Riff Raff in film cult film adaptation The Rocky Horror Picture Show, has occasionally played roles in the show elsewhere around the world but has never performed in Australia.

O’Brien attended the Opening Night of this 40th Anniversary tour in Brisbane earlier this year and gave his heartfelt approval, saying this production is “very, very special. I am deeply moved.”

There is no doubt the Australian cast will relish the opportunity to work alongside such a legend of the theatre in the limited Adelaide season. From March 20, O’Brien will join television and theatre star Craig McLachlan in the coveted role of Frank N Furter, Christie Whelan Browne as Janet, Tim Maddren as Brad, Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff, Erika Heynatz as Magenta, Ashlea Pyke as Columbia, Nicholas Christo as Eddie and Dr Scott, and Brendan Irving as Rocky and ensemble members Vincent Hooper, Luigi Lucente, James Maxfield, Meghan O’Shea and Angela Scundi.

Producers Howard Panter and John Frost have welcomed the creator of this cult classic to the Australian cast in what will be a huge coup for this 40th anniversary production.

“We are thrilled that Richard O’Brien has agreed to play the Narrator in Adelaide. To have the creator of this iconic musical join the 40th Anniversary production for this limited time is a dream come true, and I’m sure Rocky Horror fans will flock to Adelaide to see this once in a lifetime opportunity”, they said in a statement today.

“We thought audiences would love to do the Time Warp again with our terrific cast, and with ticket sales going through the roof in every city, we’ve been proved right. And now with Richard in the cast as well, audiences better be prepared to give themselves over to absolute pleasure. Make sure you buy a ticket before it’s sold out, and before madness takes its toll.”

Rocky Horror plays in Perth until March 9, and will transfer to Adelaide Festival Centre from March 20. The show will then move to Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre from April 24 for a limited season.

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Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

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