The Rocky Horror Show at the Grand Theatre Leeds Review

19-24 August 2019

Reviewed by Carrieanne McHale

“On a hot summer night, would you offer your throat to the wolf with red roses?” – Meat Loaf.

Well, it was more of a stormy night. The Rocky Horror Show originally created in the 1970’s, is a story about a young couple; Janet, played by Joanne Clifton and Brad, played by James Darch. The couple are engaged and on their travels the car gets a flat tire. They go to a castle seeking help. Little do they know they have come across a transvestite alien, his followers and servants celebrating an annual convention. Frank N. Furter, played by Duncan James, takes them in and over the course of the night seduces both of them, not together but separately, after showing them his latest creation a man of muscle. Eventually the couple are escape after the servants take over.

If you’re wanting an extraordinary experience and a want to hear brilliant comedy, this is the show to see. My experience from the start was fantastic, the Leeds Grand Theatre staff were more than accommodating to answer any questions.

The Grand Theatre is just on the outskirts of the city centre, there are multiple car parks which can be accessed, it’s around a 15 minutes walk at a steady pace from the train station, and there are plenty of bars and restaurants surrounding it.

Once in our seats we were eager for the show to start, having never seen the theatre version before, a lot of other people in the audience were dressed up in theme with the movie too which added to the atmosphere, which was thriving and only got better throughout the show. We were not disappointed, the show started and within minutes the classic Time Warp was playing, the audience stood up with the actors and the dancing commenced! Throughout the show when the narrator, Kristian Lavercombe, was on stage and telling the story, the audience would heckle with perfect timing, he did not disappoint with his responses, this made the show all the more entertaining and hilarious. I won’t share details on the jokes as you need to experience the show in its entirety, it’s an experience everyone should attend. The interaction with the audience was phenomenal I couldn’t suggest anything to top the show as is!

The end neared, and the actors took their bows, and they most definitely deserved the standing ovation they received. That’s where it ends, or so I thought, they began singing the classics again! Everyone was positively excited and the dancing, clapping and fun started all over again.

Overall the acting, the atmosphere, the music and the audience all made the show what it is, it couldn’t have been anymore exhilarating, absolutely fantastic. I’ve never experienced a show in a theatre quite like it and I’m pretty sure there’s no going back now! I highly recommend this to everyone, even if you haven’t seen the film, the show grips you from the start and doesn’t let go, definitely worthwhile.

A massive 5 out of 5 from me.

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £15 (booking fees may apply).

The Rocky Horror Show is at the Grand Theatre in Leeds from 19-24 August 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit or call the box office on 0844 848 2700.

Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NZ | 0844 848 2700

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