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After a bit of a time warp, Monday evening at Rocky Horror was the lucky third time our trio had seen our favourite cult show which ranks in the top 10 of all-time nice-and-naughty musicals.

We were a foursome at the Bristol Hippodrome with our plus one being a Rocky Horror virgin and all approached the city centre theatre with some trepidation.

We wondered would the show be as good as we had ‘bigged’ it up to the newbie and would the cast be as good as past performers.

No worries, it was wickedly wonderful and the response from the enthusiast and raucous first night audience wearing the usual over-the-top, dressed-to-kill weird and wacky outfits was overwhelmingly f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s, dahling.

The story follows squeaky-clean college sweethearts Brad (Ore Oduba) and Janet (Haley Flaherty) on a kooky and spooky road trip which comes to a halt at a seemingly haunted castle full of oddball inhabitants.

Granddaughters Renée Butler and Erin Silvester came dressed as French maids and were dance and word perfect as the show progressed on stage.

Renée said: “The narrator (Philip Franks) was so good, with contemporary political references about Brexit, Priti Patel and chipolatas he even threatened friendly hecklers with deportation to Rwanda, all done in the best possible taste (not)!

“It gets better every time you go.

“Columbia (Lauren Ingram) did a tap solo which was so funny with a Matrix move and her opera singing was unreal.”

Erin said: “It wasn’t clear why people were being killed – was it because they were undercover spies?

“And the band overpowered the singing in parts but it was really, really good.”

Renée added: “You don’t necessarily go for the plot or the story, you go for the overall experience.”

Friend Hannah Clarke wore her lab coat from university days.

She said: “I was told you will have no idea what is going on so just dress up and go with the flow which I did and really enjoyed it.

“It is like a very explicit pantomime performed by people tripping out.

“I had watched the dance moves on YouTube and managed to stand and do a good impression of a person who knows what to do.

“Completely different to anything I have ever seen before.”

The girls agreed the science fiction part was underplayed in this version and the hilarious reference to Peter Andre had Janet smirking and finding it difficult to stay in character, in fact the whole theatre was in fits of laughter.

Magenta (Suzie McAdam) also doubled magnificently as the candyfloss usherette with pink beehive who introduces the show.

We loved Frank (Stephen Webb) in his fishnets and seduction scene, Riff Raff (Kristian Lavercombe) who was the standout performance in the first half until the Columbia’s dance, and the gym bunny without brains but plenty of brawn, pretty boy Rocky (Ben Westhead) and all the dancers please take an extra bow.

Oh and the timeless classic sounds especially Sweet Transvestite, Damn It Janet and, of course, the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp the evening went so quickly, we all decided we are going to have to go again…

Rocky Horror plays Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday, June 4. Tickets 

rom £13 plus transaction fee £3.65 online here:

Limited availability for Friday and Saturday evening.


Carol Deacon


Rocky Horror 3 hits Hippodrome

It’s time to get out the fancy dress and fishnet tights because Rocky Horror is back at the Bristol Hippodrome.

We first went in August 2013 and you can read the review here

And then we went again in 2016. Read this review here

Now it’s time for Rocky 3 and we can’t wait.

Obviously across the time warp some comparisions will be made...wait and watch this space...

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Staged horror


Actor, presenter and winner of Strictly Come Dancing Ore Oduba has been delighting audiences and receiving rave reviews as Brad Majors up and down the country in Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show.

Ore will continue to don his fishnets performing to audiences nationwide and arrives in Bristol for a six night run on Monday, May 30.

Tickets from £13 plus transaction fee of £3.65 are on sale now from

Ore Oduba said: “I’m SO excited to be performing with such an amazing Rocky family.

"Truth is, when you know how it feels to wear a corset and heels it’s very hard to take them off - at least it is in my case.

"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.”

This musical extravaganza continues to play to packed houses as it tours the length and breadth of the UK until June 2022, with a stellar cast that is showing no signs of slowing down.

Theatres are in full throttle and this extraordinary cast is ready to deliver a guaranteed party not to be missed.

Alongside Ore as Frank is West End star Stephen Webb (Jersey Boys / Legally Blonde), with actor Philip Franks (The Darling Buds of May) as The Narrator. They are joined by fan favourite Haley Flaherty (Mamma Mia / Chicago) as Janet.

Kristian Lavercombe (Jersey Boys / Jesus Christ Superstar) once again reprises his role as Riff Raff, following more than 1,800 performances around the world, with Lauren Ingram (Beauty and the Beast / My Fair Lady) as Columbia.

Ben Westhead (Oliver / The Sound of Music) as Rocky, with Joe Allen (Little Shop of Horrors / Charlie & The Chocolate Factory) as Eddie and Dr Scott.

The cast as Phantoms are Reece Budin (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical / Man of La Mancha), Jordan Fox (Kinky Boots / Hairspray) and Rachel Grundy (Starlight Express / Peter Pan), Darcy Finden  who is making her professional debut, Danny Knott (Saturday Night Fever / A Midsummer Nights’ Dream) as Male Swing and Stefania Du Toit (Starlight Express / Singing in the Rain), as Female Swing and Dance Captain.

Since it first opened in London in June 1973 at the Royal Court's Theatre Upstairs, Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show has become the world’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll musical, having been performed worldwide for over 45 years in more than 30 countries and translated into 20 languages.

Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the smash hit show features all of the famous musical numbers which have made The Rocky Horror Show such a huge hit for over four decades, including Sweet Transvestite, Science Fiction/Double Feature, Dammit Janet and, of course, the timeless floor-filler, The Time-Warp - this is perfect show to help people forget the doom and gloom of recent months.

The Rocky Horror 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 while on their way to visit their favourite college professor.

It’s an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits. 

The Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music while encouraging audience participation - meaning, of course, getting dressed-up in the most outrageous fancy dress.

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

It was an immediate success and transferred to the Chelsea Classic Cinema, before going on to run at the Kings Road Theatre, 1973-79 and the Comedy Theatre in the West End, 1979-80.

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.

Many stars including Russell Crowe, Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Jerry Springer, Jason Donovan and Meatloaf have appeared in The Rocky Horror Show over the past 45 years.

In 2015, as part of a sold-out season at London’s Playhouse Theatre, a special star-studded Gala charity performance in aid of Amnesty International was broadcast to over 600 cinemas across the UK and Europe.

The live screening - featuring a host of celebrities playing The Narrator including Stephen Fry, Mel Giedroyc, Emma Bunton, Ade Edmondson, Anthony Head and Richard O’Brien - smashed box office records and was the biggest grossing film in cinemas across the UK.

The performance was subsequently screened on the Sky Arts channel.

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