Let's do the Time Warp again, again and again
PUBLISHED: 15:49 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:24 16 August 2010
THE CREATOR of The Rocky Horror Show has spoken to Times Out about his outrageous classic show and how it has taken on a life of its own since it was first staged 30 years ago. Starring Olivier Award winner David Bedella as the celebrated Frank n Furt
THE CREATOR of The Rocky Horror Show has spoken to Times Out about his outrageous classic show and how it has taken on a life of its own since it was first staged 30 years ago.
Starring Olivier Award winner David Bedella as the celebrated Frank 'n' Furter, the ultra-camp show is back in full force and will be at Dartford's Orchard Theatre from January 25 to 30.
We caught up with creator Richard O'Brien, who is also famed for hosting Channel 4's cult classic 1990s game show The Crystal Maze, seems just as passionate about his creation as when it was first performed.
The 67-year-old said: "Rocky Horror is one of those great joys in my life because it's a great joy in other people's lives. One of the nicest things about being in this business is I love the fact that show comes into town and it cheers people up.
"I wouldn't want to be sitting here if I was just flogging a show for the sake of flogging it. That would really embarrass me. If the band is cooking and the audience is laughing, I'm happy."
The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of engaged sweethearts Brad and Janet who are forced to seek refuge in a castle full of the 'maddest, baddest and sexiest group the world has ever seen'.
It features the timeless tunes Sweet Transvestite, Damit Jane' and, of course, The Time Warp and audiences are encouraged to vamp up their attire accordingly.
O'Brien said he worries that some fans are so zealous that it puts off newcomers to the show.
He explains: "What I don't ever want to happen is the people who haven't seen it before to feel like they are sitting at a party that they haven't been invited to. It was getting a bit like that at one stage which is why we were sent to try and rescue it and take it back away from the fans owning the show to the people on stage owning the show. The people on stage were feeling all at sea because the audience had taken over the show."
O'Brien said he has no intentions of messing with the formula of the show, saying: "If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it. A few years ago we did introduce a condom into the bedroom scenes, which are farcical anyway, but I don't think we've done that for a few years.
"We actually introduced it so as not to be irresponsible, we wanted to encourage safe sex if people were going to get a little frisky after seeing the show!"
A theatre spokesperson said: "This irresistible riot has seduced audiences all over the world for more than 30 years so whether you're a die-hard fan or a Rocky virgin, it's time to celebrate this infamous adventure like never before.
"Brush up on those pelvic thrusts, squeeze into that corset and slip back into those killer stilettos because the world's favourite rock 'n' roll musical is back with a vengeance!"
Tickets for the show start at £18 and concessions are available.
l Performance times are Monday to Thursday at 8pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 6pm and 9pm. Box office on 01322 220000 or visit www.orchardtheatre.co.uk.