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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.

Steve Punt is the Narrator this evening, and he does a brilliant job with the shouts from the crowd adding in to the many lines throughout the show. Ben Freeman is in fine voice as Brad, alongside Janet played by Diana Vickers who is also up to par with her vocal range. Liam Tamne plays a very good Frank-N-Furter, with great support from Sophie Linder-Lee as Columbia and Lauren Ingram as Magenta. Dominic Anderson plays the muscle bound Rocky, with Richard Meek playing the dual roles of Eddie and Dr Scott.

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 ✭✭✭✭

Tour dates with Narrator

29 February – 5 March 2016  Wimbledon: New Wimbledon Theatre - Steve Punt
07 – 12 March 2016  Torquay: Princess Theatre -  Norman Pace
14 – 19 March 2016  Bradford: Alhambra Theatre  - Norman Pace/Charlie Condeau (18th)
28 March – 2 April 2016   Edinburgh: Playhouse Theatre - Norman Pace
4 – 9 April 2016  Belfast: Grand Opera House  - Norman Pace
11 – 16 April 2016  York: Opera House - Steve Punt
18 – 23 April 2016  Aylesbury: Waterside Theatre - Steve Punt
25 – 30 April 2016  Nottingham: Theatre Royal - Steve Punt
02 – 07 May 2016  Richmond: Richmond Theatre -  Steve Punt
09 – 14 May 2016  Malvern: Malvern Theatres -  Steve Punt
23 – 28 May 2016  Stoke: Regent Theatre -  Steve Punt
6 – 11 June 2016    Dartford: Orchard - Norman Pace
13 – 18 June 2016  Wolverhampton: Wolverhampton Grand - Norman Pace
20 – 25 June 2016  Sheffield: Sheffield Lyceum - Norman Pace
27 June – 3 July 2016 Woking: New Victoria Theatre - Norman Pace
4 – 9 July 2016  Leicester: Curve - Norman Pace
11 – 16 July 2016 Watford: Watford Colosseum - Norman Pace
18 – 24 July 2016 Bristol: Hippodrome - Norman Pace
25 – 30 July 2016 Milton Keynes: Milton Keynes Theatre - Norman Pace
1 – 6 August 2016 Canterbury: Marlowe Theatre -  Norman Pace   
8 – 13 August 2016  Glasgow: King’s Theatre - Norman Pace
15-20 August 2016 Southend: Cliffs Pavillion - Norman Pace
22 – 27 August 2016  Bournemouth: Pavilion -  Norman Pace
05 – 10 September 2016 Aberdeen: His Majesty’s Theatre - TBC
12 – 17 September 2016 Norwich: Theatre Royal -  TBC
19 – 24 September 2016  Eastbourne: Congress Theatre -TBC
26 Sept – 1 October 2016 Oxford: New Theatre -TBC
3 – 8 October Dublin: Bord Gais Energy -TBC
10 – 15 October 2016 Birmingham: New Alexandra Theatre -TBC

Further dates and details to be announced
Please note that Diana Vickers, Ben Freeman and Liam Tamne will perform through to 28 May 2016. 
For online bookings and show times please visit www.atgtickets.com/rockyhorror
Ticket prices range from £10 - £51.90 (with additional booking fee) 
Additional discounts are available for ATG Theatre Card Holders and Millennium Club Members. 

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