Produced by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre, Richard O’Brien’s iconic smash hit rock musical The Rocky Horror Show which set Cape Town and Johannesburg alight for months of sell out performances last year, will be returning to the Fugard Theatre from 22 July to 2 November 2014 owing to huge popular demand, with top stage, film and TV star Terence Bridgett (Isidingo, Rough or Smooth, 7de Laan, MacBeth, A Winter’s Tale) starring as the quirky Narrator for the first three weeks of the return season.
The Fugard Theatre’s production of this global musical sensation enjoyed a 27 week sold out season in 2013 at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town playing to over 60 000 people and extending no fewer than three times before enjoying 10 week completely sold out run at Joburg’s Montecasino Theatre earlier this year.
The Rocky Horror Show, directed by Matthew Wild with Musical Direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and Choreography by Louisa Talbot, was nominated for no less than 9 prestigious Fleur du Cap Awards earlier this year, with Brendan van Rhyn, Daneel van der Walt and Andrew Laubscher winning as Best Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical respectively.
The Fugard Theatre’s Executive Director Daniel Galloway said, “What was initially planned for 10 weeks in our schedule in 2013 has turned out to be the most incredible monster – we are all very proud of the Production and we are thrilled that Cape Town will not let the production rest”.
The Rocky Horror Show’s superb all-South African cast is led by Brendan van Rhyn as Dr Frank-N-Furter, Andrew Laubscher as Riff Raff, Daneel van der Walt as Magenta and Fleur du Cap 2013 nominees Paul du Toit as Brad, Jenny Stead as Janet, Dominique Maher as Columbia, and Adrian Galley as the Narrator who rejoins the cast from 12 August onwards. Pierre van Heerden plays Dr Scott & Eddie, and Shaun Smit plays the buff, tanned blonde-haired Rocky. Singing sensation Lucy Tops returns to her role as the Usherette for the full Cape Town return season. Jemma Shankland, Jenna Robinson-Child, Emile Doubell, Sven-Eric Muller and Zolani Shangase magnificently support the core company.
The live onstage band, led by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and featuring Kate Borthwick, Rob Ogilvie, Zeke Le Grange, Alessandro Batazzi and Justin Maree, accompanies the cast every night as they belt out the iconic hit songs “Science Fiction/Double Feature”, “Dammit, Janet!”, “Sweet Transvestite” and “The Time Warp”.
Additional creative members on the production are Tina Driedijk; set (Suor Angelica, The Rake’s Progress, Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail), Penny Simpson; costume (Evita, Fiddler on the Roof , Man of La Mancha, Sunset Boulevard), Aki Khan; sound (for Eastern Acoustics) and Daniel Galloway; lighting (Kat & the Kings, The Kramer Petersen Songbook, A Human Being Died That Night). Both Penny Simpson and Daniel Galloway received nominations in their respective categories at this year’s Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards. Graphic Designs are by James Cooke and the Video Animation is designed by Anwar McWhite.
Show specific Participation Packs are a huge hit and make for even more fun as fabulously dressed up, fun loving theatre goers throw confetti, wave glowsticks and snap their plastic gloves as instructed by the Narrator. Participation Packs are for sale nightly at the theatre. There will be Official Dress Up Nights at each 8pm performance every Friday and Saturday night beginning on Friday 25 July 2014. The best-dressed person will win an apple iPad mini at the end of the season.
For The Rocky Horror Show Fanatics there are also two special Halloween Performances on Friday 31 October at 7pm and 10:30pm.
The Rocky Horror Show performances run Tuesday to Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm and Sundays at 5:30pm. Tickets ranging from R100 to R250 are available through Computicket or the Theatre box office on 021 461 4554. Tickets are flying so advance booking is highly recommended. Delicious snack baskets are available from the gorgeous Fugard bar (and roof top bar) before and after each performance. Please note the show rating is PG 16 and extensive strobe lighting is used in the production.
WHAT THE MEDIA HAD TO SAY
The media have garnered the Production with great acclaim:
The Cape Times called it a “fabulously riotous night of over-the-top-fun … you’ll come out the other side of this performance gasping for air”.
The Cape Argus gave it 4 stars and called it “Sheer Enjoyment”.
The Sunday Times summed it up as “… down and dirty, camp and cult and fun, fun fun”.
While whatsonincapetown.co.za simply declared it “the hottest show on stage this season” and went on to say “this is more than a show, it is a delicious cult classic of epic proportions, executed in finest form”.
“Louder, prouder, and more loveable than ever” is how Eye Witness News described it with Die Burger weighing in with a 5 star review claiming “niks wat skaaf of skuur nie … dit is ‘n seepgladde produksie”.
Cape Town Travel declared it a “Must See”, bizcommunity.co.za said it was “jaw-dropping awesomeness from start to finish…out of this world cast…”
S.A. Broadway World called it “… an astounding experience”
The next 48 Hours put it simply with “… the Fugard nails it!”; and as thewritingstudiostudio.co.za summed it up with “… definitely a night out that you will remember for a very long time!”
Pic: Andrew Laubscher as Riff Raff