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Review | Rocky Horror Show | Storyhouse Chester | 27/02/2023

If you have seen the film, then you no doubt know what mayhem awaits… WRONG! Rocky Horror is something that you absolutely need to experience live. 30 million people have already seen this utterly bonkers show, as it embarks on its 50th anniversary tour, so I thought it was about time to see it for myself!

The story doesn’t have any terrific depth but that really doesn’t matter, it’s not what it’s about. Rocky Horror follows young couple Brad (Richard Meek) and Janet (Haley Flaherty) as their car breaks down outside an eery looking mansion. The creepiness from the outside is nothing compared to the mayhem going on in the inside when they meet Dr Frank’n’Furter (Stephen Webb).

The set itself is done in a fun comic book style, completely suiting the overall style of this camp and cheeky show. The narrator (Philip Franks) even pokes fun at the car being clearly made out of wood, much to the amusement of the audience.

It is the audience that make this cult classic musical such fun, effectively adding another 800 characters to the cast! You need to leave any notion of usual theatre etiquette at the door, as this allows the charm of the show to really take hold. Rocky Horror regulars know when to shout out certain adlibs, with others just finding funny moments to shout out comments and innuendos. From the innocent humour of someone screaming ‘WHAT’S LIONEL RICHIE’S FAVOURITE SONG’ before a character on stage is due to say a long drawn out ‘hello’, to more risqué Prince Andrew innuendos, this show is not to be taken seriously. It is these moments which make the show unique and fun. Philip Franks as the narrator handled any heckles with ease and was much quicker and funnier in doing so than many stand-up comedians.

The music is iconic, with classics like ‘Time Warp’ bringing much of the crowd to their feet to join in with the famous routine. The musical highlight however was when Stephen Webb stomped onto the stage in his platform heels to perform ‘Sweet Transvestite’ as Frank’n’Furter. The crowd went wilder than a group of teenage girls at a Harry Styles concert for his entrance! It is difficult when taking on any iconic role to do it justice whilst also adding something new, but Webb does this with ease and is a joy to watch as the charasmatically naughty Frank’n’Furter. There really isn’t anyone who doesn’t fully deliver in this faultless cast (audience included).

It is easy to see why Rocky Horror is still going strong, as the longest continuously running contemporary musical on earth. The fancy dress clad audience adored this camp and bonkers production, as did I. The Rocky Horror Show is on at Storyhouse Chester until 04 March 2023. Full booking info below:

Note: My ticket was gifted. Irrespective of whether a show is gifted or bought, I always ensure that my reviews are fair and based on my honest opinion alone.


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