Let's do the Time Warp - again!
Byline: SIMON DUKE
IT'S astounding, time is fleeting...but the good news is that you've still got the rest of the week to catch The Rocky Horror Show as it Time Warps into Newcastle.
If you hadn't guessed from the stockings, suspenders and sparkly hats in the vicinity of Grey Street on Monday night, the hit movie musical is back on Tyneside at the Theatre Royal, with a cast led by Blue singer turned Hollyoaks actor Duncan James and Strictly star Joanne Clifton.
A massive cult favourite that has spanned the generations, Rocky Horror's soundtrack contains iconic songs like Sweet Transvestite, Science Fiction Double Feature and of course The Time Warp.
It is on at the Theatre Royal until Saturday, August 10 and talking about stepping into Frank-N-Furter's high heels to take one of the most famous roles in musical theatre, Duncan said "It's been a dream role of mine for a long time.
"It's such an iconic role and the show has such a loyal following.
"It's such a wonderfully written show and I thought 'Wouldn't it be great to play Frank?' I rang my agent and said 'I hear they're casting The Rocky Horror Show, can you get me an audition?' He did and so I went in, did the audition and got a recall.
"When I went back I said to myself 'I'm gonna get this' and I did. I was really lucky because I fought off lots of competition from other well-known actors who were up for the part.
"I was like 'No, no, no, this is my part!' so when I got it I was really proud of myself."
And discussing Rocky Horror's staying power, Duncan added "As attitudes towards sexuality, sex and transgender issues have changed we've become a lot more open-minded and liberal, haven't we? It's fantastic that we now embrace shows like The Rocky Horror Show. It's great that this show in particular has stood the test of time. It seems to be getting bigger and bigger, with more and more people getting dressed up to come see it as well as knowing the story and shout-outs.
"The show gains more and more fans every time it goes out on tour."
|Get tickets at the Theatre Royal website.