Reviewed by Leigh Jackman
Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre rocked last night to the opening of the fabulously naughty Rocky Horror Show.
The audience were dressed to the nines in all manner of outfits, from basques and fishnets to very small gold pants, it was a fabulous start to an evening. The audience buzzed with ‘antici…pation’. You don’t have to dress up but the evening is much more fun if you do.
All the classics were there, ‘Sweet Transvestite’, ‘There’s a light’ and of course ‘The Time Warp’ all sung and choreographed to deliver a breath-taking performance especially when you consider it’s all done in heels.
Richard O’Brien’s truly groundbreaking Rocky Horror Show was first released in 1975 but the stage show felt fresh and even more relevant today. Christopher Luscombe’s stage adaptation manages to capture this epic film. The set was beautifully quirky and the costumes so wickedly sexy.
As a huge fan of Rocky Horror in my teenage years I was expecting a pleasant trip down memory lane, but the show felt so fresh and exciting. The audience participation was hilarious and Dom Jolly was an absolute professional as the Narrator delivered laugh after laugh coping admirably with the heckling.
The audience went wild with excitement when ex-Blue’s Duncan James, stormed the stage as the utterly gorgeous, Frank N Furter. He did not disappoint, his voice was fantastic as he strutted the stage with a wonderfully camp, tongue in cheek performance.
We waited with bated breath to see if the cast was able to fill the stilettos of the characters and there was not a double entendre or cheeky wink out of place. Strictly Come Dancing Champion Joanne Clifton belted out the tunes as Janet, with A1’s Ben Adams perfect as squeaky clean Brad. Callum Evans plays Rocky, with very impressive acrobatic skills and a perfectly sculpted body. Miracle Chance’s performance as Columbia was particularly powerful.
The whole theatre bounced with the rip-roaring finale to the ‘Time Warp’ lead by the whole cast in their stocking and suspenders leaving everyone panting for more.
Tickets cost from £24.50 to £43.50 (booking fees may apply).
The Rocky Horror Show is at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton from 8-13 April 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.mayflower.org.uk or call the box office on 02380 711811.
Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE | 02380 711811