Whether it’s witches and ghouls, or fairies in fishnets, anything goes at the Fugard where audiences arrive nightly dressed to the nines, almost upstaging the cast with their sensational and outrageous outfits at every performance of this epic production.
Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show has taken the Mother City by storm and been playing to capacity houses for over 40 weeks since first opening in July last year. The all-star South African cast is led by the enigmatic Brendan van Rhyn (Dr. Frank ‘N Furter) and directed by Matthew Wild, with musical direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and choreography by Louisa Talbot. In March this year, The Rocky Horror Show scooped three prestigious Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards: for Brendan van Rhyn (Dr Frank ‘N Furter) as Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Andrew Laubscher (Riff Raff) as best Supporting Actor in a Musical and for Daneel van der Walt as Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Magenta). The outstanding cast includes Fleur du Cap 2013 nominees Paul du Toit as Brad, Jenny Stead as Janet, Dominique Maher as Columbia, and Adrian Galley as the Narrator. Pierre van Heerden plays Dr Scott & Eddie, and Shaun Smit plays the buff, tanned blonde-haired Rocky. The singing sensation Lucy Tops plays the role of the Usherette with Jenna Robinson-Child, Emile Doubell, Sven-Eric Muller, Chloe Perling, Ashleigh Butcher and Zolani Shangase magnificently support the core company. The live onstage band of 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”.
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. Other than Halloween, Official Dress Up Nights take place at each 8pm performance every Friday and Saturday night. The best-dressed person will, yet again, win an apple iPad mini at the end of the season.
There are two special Halloween performances on Friday 31 October at 7pm and 10:30pm. Tickets ranging from R100 to R250 are available through Computicket or the Theatre box office on 021 461 4554. Advance booking is recommended as both performances are nearly sold out. Delicious snack baskets are available from the Fugard bar (and roof top bar; weather depending) before and after each performance. Please note the show rating is PG 16 and extensive strobe lighting is used in the production.