25-30 July 2016
Reviewed by Sharon Mongey
I was delighted to be able to go to and review The Rocky Horror Show at Milton Keynes Theatre last night.
We arrived at the theatre district in ample time and found lots of available spaces in the car park, which was free after 6pm. I noted that there was a multi storey car park too but I do not know if there is a charge for this. The theatre is a short distance from the car park and there are numerous bars and restaurants in the area for a pre-show visit. There is very large foyer, tonight full of scantily clad women and men!! Lots of basques and fishnet stocking on show from both! I have never seen the Rocky Horror Show before but had heard of its reputation of the audience dressing up. Even the staff had got in on the action tonight and all were dressed to impress.
Large stair cases and huge glass windows gave it an extremely spacious feeling. Lifts were available to use if you were unable to tackle the stairs to the higher floors. We headed in for the start of the show, a pleasant young lady directed us to our seats, great view of the stage, I do feel that all seats give you a good view at this theatre.
The storyline is very simple and tells the story of Brad (Richard Meek) and his very new fiancée Janet (Diana Vickers). Their car breaks down in a remote area and with some help from the audience are directed to ‘The Castle’ to seek help and the simple use of a telephone. Here they meet Dr Frank ‘n’ Furter (Liam Tamne), a flamboyant transvestite from Transylvania. Brad and Janet are invited to stay the night and meet Dr Frank’s creation, a very sexy Rocky (Dominic Anderson) who, (my interpretation) is to be his sex toy but refuses his advances so Dr Frank turns his attention to his newest guests, look out for the bed scene, it was hilarious.
The Rocky Horror Show was full of laughter from start to finish with a huge amount of audience participation. You could tell that not all the audience were Rocky Horror virgins as they knew the script well and heckled with ease; this was all received extremely well by the Narrator (Norman Pace) who adlibbed well. The audience had props on hand and were ready and willing for the dancing in the aisles. The ‘Time Warp’ had us all straight up on our feet.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Rocky Horror Show, I would say that it is somewhat similar to an adult pantomime experience, present day issues were included into the script of a long running show. A basic storyline bought alive by the energetic and extravagant cast.
I would highly recommend that you go and see it.
Tickets cost from £16.90 to £60.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
The Rocky Horror Show is at Milton Keynes Theatre until 30 July 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 8717652.
Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK9 3NZ