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“Delightful madness” – Reviewing The Rocky Horror Show at Hull New Theatre



It’s that crazy time at Hull New Theatre this week as Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” is in town.  If you have never been, I recommend getting to the theatre a little earlier as the ‘people watching’ is first class!

“The Rocky Horror Show” is a thrilling and electrifying experience that captivates audiences with its unique blend of rock music, campy humour, and outrageous characters. The show, a cult classic, first came to audiences’ attention in 1973 and continues to mesmerize and entertain with its infectious energy and provocative storyline which creates memorable phrases such as …“Dammit Janet”,  “Don’t dream it, be it”, “Chill me, thrill me, fulfil me”.

The cast’s performances are outstanding, capturing the essence of each character with flair and enthusiasm.  A special shout out to the best Brad I have ever seen played by Reece Budin, the stand-in Frank N Furter; Richard Meek and Usher/Magenta played by Beth Woodcock who had a fantastic voice.  

What makes “The Rocky Horror Show” truly special is its interactive nature, encouraging audience participation and creating a sense of community among viewers.  There are always one or two followers who can interact brilliantly with the Narrator, inciting laughs and cheers from fellow audience members.  Our Narrator is Jackie Clune who superbly batted off comments from the audience and whose ripostes had the audience cheering. It’s great to see a woman take this role. It’s also wonderful that the audience jumps up and joins in with the cast for “The Time Warp” which is a highlight for many.

The catchy musical numbers along with elaborate, often revealing costumes, and witty dialogue contribute to the show’s timeless appeal, making it a must-see for both long-time fans and newcomers.  

Whether you’re a devoted follower of the cult phenomenon or a first-time viewer, “The Rocky Horror Show” promises a night of unforgettable entertainment, leaving you singing along and craving more of its delightful madness. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in this wild and liberating theatrical experience that continues to redefine the boundaries of live performance.

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