Extra Review: The Rocky Horror Show

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THE Rocky Horror Show just wouldn’t be the same without audience participation – and even on a chilly Monday night, the Glasgow crowd were primed and ready.

The ultimate in rude rock and roll stage shows, Richard O’Brien’s tribute to science fiction B movies has reached the grand old age of 40 – and there’s no sign of giving up the suspenders yet.

The show opened to rapturous applause on Monday night, after Glasgow’s Rocky lovers galore had poured themselves into provocative corsets and piled into the King’s Theatre.

For those of you unfamiliar with the musical, it follows all-American couple Brad and Janet on a journey into the unknown, as they stumble upon the lair of Dr Frank-N-Furter: just a sweet transvestite from the planet Transsexual, Transylvania.

The doctor has taken time out of the Time Warp to create the perfect man: the ultimate specimen, played this time by an impressively muscular Rhydian of X Factor fame – something of a weak link, but easily overlooked because Rocky isn’t too complicated a character to start with.

Taking on the (pardon the pun) physical role of Frank is Oliver Thornton and, true to character form, he steals the show from start to finish, showcasing sensual moves galore and dominating the stage.

Soap fans might also recognise Janet, played by Emmerdale star Roxanne Pallett, and the actress doesn’t disappoint, hitting high notes galore and getting into the naughty spirit of it all with absolute glee.

But perhaps the best jokes in Rocky Horror come from its overseeing narrator, and Philip Franks slips on the velvet suit jacket with relish, quipping back at everything thrown at him from the audience – and trust me, that’s a lot.

Both the musical and the film are famed for screenings where audience members shout out one-liners in response to the action – and although it’s not for the easily offended, it is all in good fun.

You might not be surprised to know that there’s a reprise of the Time Warp at the end – but you might get a shock if you’re on either balcony, because an enthusiastic crowd performing the pelvic thrust really gets the floor bouncing.

And, those of you missing the spaceship this time around will be pleased to know that the Rocky Horror Show returns to the King’s in August – so now would be the time to shiver in antici...pation.

Rocky Horror Show runs at the King’s Theatre until Saturday – performance times vary. To find out more, visit ATG Tickets.