Rocky Horror UK Tour - Bournemouth Pavilion Review

The Rocky Horror Show is a cult film, musical and all round piece of history that has fans spanning generations. It was a film that pushed the boundaries of gender and sexuality and it's a musical that has audience members dressing up, shouting and bringing props to every show. It's a film that I have a huge soft spot for, and a musical that I haven't seen in what feels like forever. So when I saw that it was on at the Bournemouth Pavilion, I knew that I would be heading down at my first opportunity. Luckily, an invite popped into my inbox, so it was the perfect excuse to say Dammit Janet, I'm on my way!

Set on a cold and wet night, you are introduced to two meek and naive young people called Brad and Janet. A newly engaged couple who end up with a flat tyre in the middle of nowhere as they are on their way to see an old friend. Walking through the rain to the only available place they have passed, they stumble upon a mysterious castle with even stranger occupants that want them to join their spectacular party. What happens next can only be described as astounding, madness and rip roaring fun.

Rocky Horror is a musical like no other. Whilst most musicals encourage audience members to sit and listen to the show, Rocky Horror does the exact opposite. The audience members are encouraged to dress up, they are allowed to get up and dance for the classic Time Warp, and also shout remarks throughout the show. Yes you read that right. The audience are encouraged to shout out remarks in time with what is happening on stage. I must commend Philip Franks who did an absolutely tremendous job as the narrator, giving local related quips and having better come backs than most stand up comedians I have seen!

Stephen Webb honestly blew me away as the iconic Frank 'N' Furter. He commanded the stage and you could tell he was loving and embracing every minute that he was in the iconic role. It's a show where the whole cast look like they are having an absolute blast and everyone from the swing to the main characters really looked like they were having a party on stage and inviting us to join them.

Rocky Horror is a completely timeless show. It doesn't matter if you watch it once or one hundred times. You will never tire of the marvellous, wacky and outright insane escapades that happen on stage. Team it with some really sincere and poignant moments, you are always in for a right treat when you watch this musical.

Rocky Horror is on at the Bournemouth Pavilion until Saturday the 26th October and tickets are selling fast! It's a show you won't want to miss.

*Note: I was gifted tickets in exchange for a review. All my opinions are my own.

No comments