Get ready to do the time warp again as The Rocky Horror Show frolics into York next month.
The beloved cult-classic musical has been a hit with audiences since it first opened in London in 1973, and since then has been performed worldwide for over 45 years in more than 30 countries.
It follows the story of newly engaged couple Brad and Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank-N-Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house whilst on their way to visit their favourite college professor. From there fun, frocks and frivolity ensue…
The show features all the famous musical numbers such as Sweet Transvestite, Science Fiction/Double Feature, Dammit Janet and, of course, the timeless floor-filler, The Time-Warp.
The Rocky Horror Show will be at the Grand Opera House York from Monday 14 March to Saturday 19 March 2022.
Actor, presenter and winner of Strictly Come Dancing Ore Oduba will reprise the role of Brad Majors, a performance that has been delighting audiences and critics alike.
Ore started his career in broadcasting, before going on to presenting BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live and The One Show among other credits. In 2016, he lifted the coveted Strictly Glitterball Trophy with dancing partner Joanne Clifton and has recently branched into musical theatre, playing Teen Angel in the 2019 Grease UK tour and songwriter Aaron Fox in the 2019/2020 tour and West End production of Curtains.
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“I’m SO excited to be extending my stay with our amazing Rocky family,” said Ore.
“It’s been a wild ride so far, the audiences have been INCREDIBLE and I can’t wait to Time Warp around even more corners of the country.”
The cast also includes Stephen Webb as Frank-N-Furter, Phillip Franks as The Narrator, Haley Flaherty as Janet, Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff, with Lauren Ingram as Columbia and Suzie McAdam as Magenta.
Tickets start from £13 and can be purchased via the Grand Opera House website.
Q&A with Ore Oduba
The theatre industry has faced a very tough couple of years – is Rocky Horror exactly what audiences need right now?
Theatregoers are gagging for a great night out. They’re desperate and clawing at the walls, and this show is the perfect remedy to everything we’ve all been through. People want to laugh and be uplifted and to be able to forget about everything for a couple of hours. It’s all about ‘Leave your inhibitions at the door – we haven’t got time for that’.
How did you feel about being cast in the show?
It’s such an iconic show and so well-loved, but I thought ‘I wonder what my wife is going to say about audiences seeing me in stockings’. I needn’t have worried because what I’d forgotten is that Rocky Horror is one of her and her family’s favourite shows of all time. She was beside herself. She also started chuckling at the idea of me being on stage in just my briefs for the early part of the show, then coming out later in stockings and high heels.
Do you relate to your character, Brad, at all?
I think there’s a lot of Brad in me and in a lot of people. It’s the idea of being kind of caged animals, because we all have a lot of reservations and inhibitions and things we hold back. We’re just waiting to be unleashed.
Did you do much theatre growing up?
At secondary school I did every production under the sun. It was only when I went to university that I turned my attention to broadcasting, but Strictly reminded me ‘Oh my gosh, I love being on stage’. On the surface doing musical theatre now might seem like a big change-up but when I look back to where I felt happiest and most comfortable when I was younger it was always on stage. In many ways it’s kind of what I always wanted to do. After Grease and Curtains, Rocky Horror is another step up in my so-far short musical theatre career and a lovely chance for me to do something liberating, fun and a little bit different.
Have you kept up dancing since Strictly?
I took up tap dancing, although my wife and I then decided to renovate the house and turn the garage I was practising in into a kitchen. So I no longer have my tap space. Blame it on the kitchen! But every time I get to do something involving choreography it gets me as excited as I was when I did Strictly. I love it.
Why do you think people love The Rocky Horror Show so much?
It’s pure escapism. You leave your troubles at the door and you’re taken into a world that’s nothing like the real one. In addition to iconic music and brilliant dance numbers, it’s just such a feel-good show.
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