Preview: The Rocky Horror Show, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: The Rocky Horror Show, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

The Rocky Horror Show will light up the stage of the Mayflower Theatre from Monday 20 to Saturday 25 March 2023, as the phenomenal cast perform this iconic musical.

Since it first opened 50 years ago in London in June 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre, The Rocky Horror Show has become the longest continuous run of a contemporary musical anywhere in the world

With music, lyrics and book by Richard O’Brien, The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids – Brad and his fiancée Janet.

When by a twist of fate, their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion whilst on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank’n’Furter.

It is an adventure they’ll never forget, filled with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity – a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music while encouraging audience participation – meaning, of course, getting dressed-up in the most outrageous fancy dress.

“It is simply a musical comedy and as long as it rocks, and the audience are laughing what more could you wish for?,” says Richard.

“It’s very inclusive, it’s very easy to watch. It’s not rocket science as far as narrative is concerned – Brad and Janet are a couple that we kind of recognise as Adam and Eve or Romeo and Juliet, like a stereotypical couple – we can all relate to them.

“It is also a fairy tale which allows us to feel comfortable with its rites of passage storyline. A retelling of Hansel and Gretel if you like, with Frankfurter standing in for the wicked witch.”

Directed by Christopher Luscombe, The Rocky Horror Show is ready to thrill with fun and naughty moments, featuring timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic thrusting show stopping Time Warp.

Tickets for The Rocky Horror Show (20 – 25 March) are on sale at or 02380 711811.

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