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Cast announced for The Rocky Horror Show coming to Wolverhampton

By Rebecca Stanley | Wolverhampton | Theatre & Comedy | Published:

The cast has been announced for The Rocky Horror Show coming to Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre.

Joanne Clifton as Janet Weiss

Strictly Come Dancing star Joanne Clifton will take on the role as Janet Weiss, alongside James Darch as her fiance Brad.

Speaking ahead of the show, Joanne said: “I absolutely love playing Janet, so I’m delighted to continue with the show throughout the year”.

James Darch added: “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the cast of The Rocky Horror Show.

"It’s mad - there is no denying that. But, as the devoted audiences prove, it’s a story that’s got heart and relevance through every generation.

"Its infectious energy is still standing the test of time and coming out on top.

"I can’t wait to put my own small stamp on such a well known and loved character as Brad – bring on the madness.

James Darch

They will be joined by West End star Stephen Webb as Frank-N-Furter, and Kristian Lavercombe, who reprises his role as Riff Raff following more than 1500 performances around the world. Phillip Franks will play The Narrator.

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The cast is completed by Miracle Chance as Columbia, Ross Chisari as Eddie/Dr Scott, Callum Evans as Rocky, Reece Budin, Shelby Farmer, Katie Monks and Jake Small as the Phantoms and swings Andrew Ahearn and Maddie Hope Coelho.

Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the smash hit show features famous musical numbers such as Sweet Transvestite, Science Fiction/Double Feature, Dammit Janet and The Time-Warp.

The show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée 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.

The Rocky Horror Show first began life in 1973 before an audience of just 63 people in the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs.

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Stephen Webb as Frank-N-Furter

It was an immediate success and transferred to the Chelsea Classic Cinema, before going on to run at the Kings Road Theatre, and the Comedy Theatre in the West End.

In 1975 it was transformed into a film called The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This film adaptation took over $135 million at the Box Office and is still shown in cinemas around the world more than 40 years after its premiere, making it the longest running theatrical release in cinema history.

The Rocky Horror Show comes to Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre from October 14 to 19.

For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Rebecca Stanley

By Rebecca Stanley
@becci_star

Entertainment journalist for Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Contact me: rebecca.stanley@expressandstar.co.uk

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