Theatre Review: Rocky Horror Show - New Wimbledon Theatre (UK Tour) ✭✭✭✭
Rocky Horror Show
New Wimbledon Theatre
29th February 2016: It's been a while since I last saw the theatre version of Rocky Horror Show, 20 years to be precise. And I'll be honest, it hasn't changed much. The hardcore fanatics still show up in costumes, burly men dressed in suspenders giving their best Frank-N-Furter looks, gold sequinned top hats are vast and Columbia's are a plenty in the audience tonight.
A big cheer goes up as the houselights go down, you can tell you are in for a good night. The one thing that hasn't changed in all these years is the set - it leaves a lot to be desired, one of those cheap offerings more suited to a school hall rather than on a hit touring musical. Thankfully, everything else makes up for it. A five strong band are in fine form and sound really good, the show overall has good sound design, lyrics can be heard crisply within the balance of the mix, and the lighting is a pleasure to watch.
Kristian Lavercombe however steals the show as Riff Raff. His voice combined with the stirring electric guitars throughout sends shivers down your back, what a great talent! All the usual songs are there, the Timewarp had the audience on their feet singing along, Sweet Transvestite another singalong favourite, and Diana Vickers once again showed off her voice in Touch a Touch Me.
A great night out indeed, and the light over at Frankenstein's place is certainly shining bright.
4 stars ✭✭✭✭
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