Can Duncan James revolutionise The Rocky Horror Show?

I’m not a huge fan of The Rocky Horror Show. The famous cult classic from Richard O’Brien is known as one of the world’s best rock ‘n’ roll musicals. It’s been performed worldwide for 45 years in more than 30 countries, with its larger-than-life songs and strange characters proving a hit for audiences who just love a bit of fancy dress.

The show tells the story of Brad and Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank-n-Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house… it’s a weird, silly kind of musical and not normally my style but the music is very catchy. Musical numbers include Sweet TransvestiteScience Fiction/Double FeatureDammit Janet and, of course, The Time Warp.

This tour is going to be a bit different, hopefully, since it starts Joanne Clifton as Janet, James Darch as Brad and Steve Punt as The Narrator. And, finally, the incredible Blue singer Duncan James as Frank.

Duncan James said: “Frank is such an iconic role, it’s an honour to be able to play him and a role that I have always wanted to do. I’m so excited to be touring with such a fun and vibrant show, and to be working with this fantastic cast.”

Joanne Clifton added: “I’ve always loved Rocky Horror. I learnt the Time Warp in my dance classes in Grimsby when I was 4 years old … 30 years later and I’ll be jumping to the left on the actual Rocky Horror stage, I can’t quite believe it!”

The Rocky Horror Show is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Monday 19 to Saturday 24 August 2019

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