The Rocky Horror Show celebrates 50 years with a star-studded cast

The 50th Anniversary production of legendary Rock ‘N’ Roll musical The Rocky Horror Show has announced Nicholas Hammond will take on the role of The Narrator for final two weeks of season.

The 50th Anniversary production of legendary Rock ‘N’ Roll musical The Rocky Horror Show has announced that acclaimed actor and writer, Nicholas Hammond will take on the role of The Narrator for the final two weeks of the Adelaide season, starting his role on May 2 at Adelaide’s Festival Theatre.

The first two weeks of the season will see well-respected Australian music broadcaster, TV presenter, journalist & writer Myf Warhurst present the story on stage as The Narrator (from 13-30 Aprilbefore she jets off to host Eurovision and Nicholas Hammond takes on the role (from 2-13 May) which has been played by countless celebrities around the world including by the show’s creator Richard O’Brien.

Best known for his roles as Friedrich von Trapp in the original film The Sound of Music, Nicholas Hammond’s global career has included his own American prime time series, The Amazing Spiderman and appearances in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Love Boat, Magnum PI, Murder She Wrote and recurring roles on Falcon Crest and Dallas. He was also recently in the Australian production of Cinderella.

Hammond will join Award-winning performer, David Badella, who will play the role of Frank N Furter in AdelaideAustralian audiences may remember Badella as the lead in Oh, What A Night! where he performed alongside Marcia Hines and Gary Sweet. David comes to Adelaide with an impressive resume from both Broadway and London’s West End having performed roles in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Jerry Springer the Opera, The Rocky Horror Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Producers, Chicago, In the Heights and most recently & Juliet. He can also currently be seen playing the President of The United States in Amazon Prime’s third season of Jack Ryan.

They join principal cast Stellar Perry as Magenta (X Factor, The Voice, Bell Shakespeare’s The Lovers), Ellis Dolan as Eddie/Dr Scott, Darcey Eagle as Columbia, Ethan Jones as BradDeirdre Khoo as Janet, Loredo Malcolm as Rocky and Henry Rollo as Riff Raff.

Starring alongside them on stage as The Phantoms will be Josh GatesCatty HamiltonJackson Reedman and Erica Wild, Keane Fletcher and Kristina McNamara round out the cast as the Swings.

Written and created by Richard O’Brien, The Rocky Horror Show has become one of the world’s favourite musicals and is currently the only contemporary rock musical to celebrate 50 years on stage. Since it first opened in London in 1973 at the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs, The Rocky Horror Show has been continuously on stage somewhere in the world and has paved its way into history as one of the classics of musical theatre.

The Rocky Horror Show first began life in 1973 before an audience of just 63 people in the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs. It was an immediate success and transferred to the Chelsea Classic Cinema, before going on to run at the Kings Road Theatre, 1973-79 and the Comedy Theatre in the West End, 1979-80. In 1975 it was transformed into a film called ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’. This film adaptation took over $135 million at the Box Office and is still shown in cinemas around the world nearly 50 years after its premiere, making it the longest running theatrical release in cinema history. Many stars of the stage and screen including Russell Crowe, Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Meat Loaf, Jerry Springer, Adam Lambert, Emma Bunton, Stephen FryReg Livermore, Bert Newton, Gretel Killeen, Derryn Hinch, and Shane Jacobsen have appeared in The Rocky Horror Show over the past 50 years. This iconic brand holds a unique place in theatre history, a show which has defied the decades and continued to grow in popularity.

People dance on stage for The Rocky Horror Show
Rocky Horror Show UK Tour. Photo: Richard Davenport

Seen by over 30 million people in more than 30 countries and translated into 20 languages, The Rocky Horror Show audiences have embraced the unique and mischievous musical with fandom and passion, celebrating the gratification of the senses. The hit music, the characters, the freedom and sexual awakening and empowerment means so much to so many across all walks of life. Featuring one of the most famous musical numbers of all time the party floor-filler, “The Time-Warp” which remains a key to its continued success over the past 50 years.

The Rocky Horror Show has just completed its most successful UK tour and is one of the top performing musicals in the post pandemic era. It has also recently toured in Israel, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Argentina, Romania, Slovenia, Belgium, Tokyo, Korea, Brazil, Canada and Iceland.

The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank’n’Furter an extra-terrestrial mad scientist from the galaxy of Transylvania where people really like to party! It’s an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits.

The 50th Anniversary Rocky Horror Show creative team includes Director Christopher Luscombe, Set Designer Hugh Durrant, Costume Designer Sue Blane, Choreographer Nathan M Wright, Lighting Designer Nick Richings, Music Richard Hartley (original musical arrangements).

The Rocky Horror Show is the boldest party bash of them all, ready to thrill fans and audiences alike with cheeky fun and nostalgia. Whether it’s your first time seeing the show or the twenty-first time, or whether you dress up or not The Rocky Horror Show delivers in its promise of a guaranteed party.

The Rocky Horror Show

April 2023

Adelaide Festival Theatre

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