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REVIEW: The Rocky Horror Show at the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham
The Rocky Horror Show 50th Anniversary Tour!
Richard O’Brien’s legendary Rock ‘n’ roll musical celebrates 50 years of entertaining audiences the world over. The anniversary tour is in Cheltenham this week and I was lucky enough to get seats for opening night!
The Rocky Horror Show is so firmly embedded in pop culture, I think you’ll struggle to find anyone that doesn’t know how to Time Warp and last night in Cheltenham was no different. It was a full house in Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre with an audience covered in sequins, sparkles, and suspenders! Energy was high before the show opened and we already knew that we were in for a good party. There are very few shows that can command such anticipatory glee before the curtain has even lifted, but The Rocky Horror Show is one of them!
From the very first note, sung by Suzie McAdams, the audience was hooked and so was I. Each performer sparkled in their own way and brought so much colour and vibrancy to the Everyman last night that I smiled from start to finish.
The choreography was flawless, each move timed to perfection and without a single misstep. There was a small technical glitch toward the end of the second half where the curtain had to be drawn to fix an issue, but that didn’t stop the cast. They recovered well and continued to enthral the audience for the rest of the night.
I won’t give too much away with the story. It’s a well-known tale, however if you don’t know, I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you! This was my first Rocky Horror Show experience and part of the magic was the surprise element.
Jackie Clune ( Motherland/Borderline) was a fantastic addition as the narrator in Cheltenham. Her comic timing was impeccable, and she had the audience roaring with her interactions with the room.
Our Brad and Janet were expertly played by Richard Meek and Haley Flaherty. Flaherty was a scene stealer for me, not just with her fantastic voice but her wonderful facial expressions that were just the right amount of tongue in cheek and comedy rolled into one.
However, it was West End star Stephen Webb as Frank, who stole the show. He was met with thunderous applause, and he certainly lived up to expectations. The cast was already spectacular, but Webb managed to pull everything together in a performance that commanded attention, delivered chaos, and brought us to our feet to celebrate.
And of course, we can’t forget the Time Warp. Lead by Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff, the whole of the Everyman Theatre rose to the occasion, dancing, singing and well and truly embracing the spirit of the show and in turn, making friends with the people around them.
A five-star performance in a five-star show. If you have the chance to get a ticket this week then please do go along. This is the type of show you’ll want to see again and again!
The Rocky Horror Show is showing at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham until Saturday 8th April.
Review by Sam.
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