The Rocky Horror Tribute Show
Royal Court Theatre 50th anniversary

By special courtesy of  Rex Features

Not only has The Rocky Horror Show spawned a worldwide cult some 30 years or so ago, but it is still very much alive and still makes the headlines.

Voted for by the audience, the wild and transgressive 1970s musical was picked to mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary Royal Court Theatre in London where it was premiered in June 1973.

As a treat to the fans, the show was performed 33 years later in a revamped version and featured very special guests. Indeed, Richard O’Brien himself (creator of the show) decided to rewrite some parts, which made the show closer to his original idea.

Several legendary performers from the original cast, such as Patricia Quinn (Magenta), ‘Little’ Nell Campbell (Columbia), Rayner Bourton (the original Rocky Horror) and of course Richard O’Brien (Riff Raff) were there together with other RHPS related celebrities like Anthony Head (who played Frank N Furter prior to his “Buffy” fame), Christopher Biggins and Perry Bedden. Among the other well-known faces on stage were singer Michael Ball, punk diva and actress Toyah Wilcox, tv presenter Jamie Theakston and pop singer Stephen Gately.

Interestingly enough, Michael White (original producer of the show), Sue Blane (costume designer of the show and the film) and Kimi Wong (Transylvanian and former Mrs O’Brien) were also among the 370 lucky audience members.

Much to the delight of everyone, that sold out event, which raised money for charity, proved The Rocky Horror Show is a timeless and unconventional classic!

There was a very nice brochure (its cover can be seen in the slideshow above) produced for the night, with some original images from 1973.


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