The Rocky Horror Show Theatre Royal Laura Bennett ANYONE passing the Theatre Royal this week may think they had happened upon a transvestite convention. With feather boas, corsets and fish net stockings at the ready, the cross dressing cast and army of fans have been out in force every night, ready for a party. And that could only mean one thing - the Rocky Horror Show has landed.
The 40th tour of this film and theatre phenomenon is one not to be missed.
As expected, the cast is riddled with the quirky characters we have all come to love and the songs you just can't help but dance to.
And anyone going along for the first time is in for a surprise. Everything about this show screams audience participation. Wallflowers better beware. Expect to get out of your seats, sing along, and join in with the outrageous heckling and laughter from the very moment the curtain opens.
We join the innocent couple, Brad and Janet, played by Ben Forster and Dani Harmer, taking shelter in a mysterious castle having broken down in a storm. Little do they know that this is just the beginning of a night of sordid antics and alien encounters.
Harmer, a popular face on the children's TV programme Tracey Beaker, excellently portrays the virtuous and naive Janet who, after being exposed to transvestite Frank-N-Furter's risque ways, is transformed into a promiscuous sexpot.
The narrator, Philip Franks, brilliantly deflects the predictable banter that you would expect of a show that has men in tights and women down to their undies.
His references to topical news stories brings the show right up to date and really engages the audiences, whether they be die-hard fans or first timers.
The original script, written by Richard O'Brien, is a mix of love story and camp theatrics. The message, 'don't dream it, be it', is something audiences really do take away from the play, and is secured by Brad and Janet's acceptance of their own needs and feelings, whether it be lust or love.
For me, there can never be enough encores of the Time Warp as it's the perfect excuse to stand up and join in.
The Rocky Horror Show runs until Saturday. For details call 0115 989 5555 or go to trch.co.uk.
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