Annie: A perfect production to escape the horrors of the world

In a world where terror threats are every which way it’s nice to know there are places you can escape from reality and the West End production of Annie makes you forget your troubles for 2 hours.

Director: Nikolai Foster

Writer: Thomas Meehan

Starring: Miranda Hart, Alex Bourne, Madeleine Hayes, Jonny Fines, Holly Dale Spencer

Theatre: Piccadilly Theatre, London

Running time: 2hrs and 20mins

‘The sun’ll come out tomorrow’ will definitely be ringing in your head after seeing the West End revival of Annie and it will leave you with a positive outlook on the rest of your day.

The musical, which is based on the book by Thomas Meehan, follows the story of an orphan girl named Annie (Madeleine Hayes) who does what she must to escape the orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan (Miranda Hart) and find her parents.

During the narrative, Annie is taken in by the rich and wealthy Daddy Warbucks (Alex Bourne) who grows to love the little, red-headed orphan.

However, Annie’s quest to find her true parents is still her priority and Warbucks takes it upon himself to try and reunite the orphan offering a reward.

Although she finally escapes the clutches of Miss Hannigan, the governess and her brother Rooster (Jonny Fines) try and scam Warbucks in order to get the money he was offering.

In all honesty when I heard Miranda Hart was to take on the role of Miss Hannigan I initially had doubts as she is known for her comedy.

However, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with her performance considering it was her West End debut. Her comedic abilities also helps keep the musical fresh and light-hearted.

In all honesty I was expecting her to be a bit more ruthless and evil but the show is aimed towards the younger generation of theatre-goers – with added comedy for the adults.

Of course, Madeleine’s performance as the titular character was well worthy of the praise it got from the standing ovation.

To go out on stage at such a young age and perform well-known classic musical theatre songs including ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Hard Knock Life’ was truly amazing and I am certain this will not be the only time we see this young star on the stage.

One criticism is that Annie no longer has the big, bushey ginger hair but instead has a more Pippy Longstocking look to her.

Not sure why this was changed but maybe it’s just nostalgia but I prefer the afro-style.

I was surprised to see how many cast members were actually involved in this production. It is becoming more and more common for West End productions to have larger casts.

I remember only a few years ago, productions were being cut left, right and centre but it is pleasing to see young stars getting the chance to star in fantastic productions such as this one.

All the cast from the rest of the orphans to the servants at Warbucks house brought to life this iconic musical.

But my favourite cast member had to be the amazing performance by Amber… the labradoodle who played Annie’s stray dog Sandy.

I usually hate seeing animals on the stage but when Amber was in a musical number you could tell she was treated well with various cast members giving her treats as they moved around the stage.

With a simple set design which changed depending on the scene was used to its full advantage.

The show reminded me a lot of the West End adaptation of Matilda and not just because of the child actors but because of the simplistic set design and general feel to it.

To say that the West End revival of the well-known musical does not make you escape from reality is an understatement.

Everything the show has to offer will leave you smiling, clapping and humming to the fantastic songs.

42nd Street: An immersive and lavish production hailing back to 1930s musicals

For anyone who is a fan of high-end productions then 42nd Street is the one to see – whether it’s the brilliantly perfected dance routines or the lavish costumes the play does not fail to entertain.

Director: Mark Bramble

Written by: Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble

Starring: Sheena Easton, CJ Johnson, Tom Lister, Claire Halse, Stuart Neal, Jasna Ivir, Christopher Howell, Norman Bowman, Graeme Henderson, Bruce Montague

Running time: 2hrs 30mins

Theatre: Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Without having any background knowledge of the narrative before seeing 42nd Street I went in completely unaware of what I was going to see and I can definitely say I was not disappointed.

Set during the 1930s depression the show follows a production company who are attempting to put on the next best show on Broadway.

The lead actress, Dorothy Brock (Sheena Easton), who can only see but not dance, is torn between two loves – the show’s wealthy backer Abner Dillon (Bruce Montague) and Pat Denning (Norman Bowman)

While aspiring young performer Peggy Sawyer (Claire Halse) waits for her big break.

Words really cannot explain the lavishness of the production. With perfected choreography, it was hard to find anything out of place in the large-scale dance routines.

Halfway through the show, I found myself feeling like I was one of the audience members who paid to see their production.

Cleverly I feel this was the show’s intention by having direct communication with us (the audience) and regular digs at the orchestra and even looking down into the pit.

Anyone who is a fan of Busby Berkeley musicals will without a doubt find this production an homage to an era when musical theatre was at its peak.

Utilising mirrors, steps and other set designs the dances were truly spot on and the audience went crazy for them especially during ‘We’re In The Money’ – one of the many popular hits.

Although many people will be buying tickets to see star Sheena Easton perform as Dorothy Brock, it was actually her understudy who played the role.

CJ Johnson stepped into the role perfectly and it is no surprise she is cast as the understudy. Whether or not she is better than Easton can only be decided if I saw both play the role but nevertheless she was brilliant.

However, the praise really needs to go to Halse. Her performance as young, naïve Peggy Sawyer was absolute perfection.

How she, and the rest of the cast, can get on the stage sometimes twice a day to perform the mesmerising tap dance routines is beyond me – I got tired just watching them.

It clearly shows their talents and dedication to the show – plus it looks like it is just pure fun. Choreography Randy Skinner must be proud.

What surprised me about the production was the number of cast members. Although not all have speaking lines the show is still a large-scale production – something rare in West End shows these days due to funding issues.

However, you can see why 42nd Street needs the numbers it has. Playing homage to the 1930s musicals when they had large cast members they need them all – plus they add to the brilliant choreography.

With hits like ‘We’re In The Money’ and ‘Lullaby of Broadway, you’ll have the tunes stuck in your head for days after seeing the show.

42nd Street is an all-around, feel-good production that will make you want to grab your old tap dance shows and dance around.

 

Flash, Bang, Wallop! Half a Sixpence is a toe-tapping success

To say that Cameron Mackintosh’s adaptation of H G Wells’ novel is a light-hearted, toe-tapping and fun show to see would be an understatement.

Director: Rachel Kavanaugh

Writer: Julian Fellowes

Lyrics: George Stiles, Anthony Drewe, David Heneker

Starring: Charlie Stemp, Devon-Elise Johnson, Emma Williams, Vivien Parry, Jane How, Gerard Carey, Ian Bartholomew

Theatre: Noel Coward Theatre, London

Ever since hearing Half a Sixpence would be coming to the West End I have wanted to see it and now I can say it is a fantastic production.

The story follows young Arthur Kipps who, after splitting a sixpence in half and gives one-half to his childhood crush Ann, moves away to become a tailor’s assistant.

Seven years later, Kipps finds out he has a large fortune and then his life takes a dramatic turn when he meets Helen Walshingham and he falls in love with her forgetting about Ann.

However he begins to see the reality of the new rich ‘friends’ and becomes in a love triangle after meeting up with Ann who is a maid in one of the households.

With a film adaptation back in 1967, some of the main songs were familiar with me when watching the show but there is nothing as good as watching people perform in the rarest forms.

After being shown the film as I was growing up the basic premise was known to me but during the show there were some parts and characters I completely forgot.

With an all-round brilliant cast, the highlight was watching Charlie Stemp in the leading role.

His ability to act as the young, naïve millionaire was brilliantly executed. He also managed to dance and sing without, what appears to be, a shed of nerves.

Stemp’s performance alone is a reason to see the production and the whole cast, which was considerably large compared to other West End shows, were perfectly suited to their roles.

Not only were the songs and acting more or less perfect, the set was quite creative using rotation platforms to change the setting or to add something to the scene.

The panels also helped make it look like the characters were walking around different parts of Folkstone – where the play is set.

Knowing Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes adapted H G Wells’ novel is already a reason to see the production.

Despite not winning any awards at the Olivier’s this year, the show definitely deserves much more recognition.

Half a Sixpence will leave you toe-tapping and humming one of the many ‘simple tunes’ long after the show has finished.

I would happily see the production again. Hopefully there will be live stage screening just like Mackintosh did with Miss Saigon – however we can only wait and see.

Adam & Eve… And Steve: A gay, hilarious musical comedy

If you think you know the story of Adam and Eve think again.

Director: Francesca Goodridge

Writer: Chandler Warren

Cast: Joseph Robinson, Hayley Hampson, Dale Adams, Michael Christopher, Stephen McGlynn

Running time: 75 minutes

Theatre: Kings Head Theatre, Islington

Adam & Eve… And Steve will have you howling with laughter throughout the entire play whether it is the musical numbers or simply the gestures of the characters.

Set in a time when God had just created the Garden of Eden and has made the first man Adam. However, Beelzebub interferes and God creates Steve instead of Eve.

Adam is delighted with Steve and the two of them live harmoniously until the two BFFs are confronted by Eve herself.

Fights ensue and arguments erupt as both Steve and Eve fight for the attention and love of Adam.

With a simple set design of just a tree and a few dangling apples, the play manages to hold the audience’s attention – but that could be because of the costumes, or lack of costumes, the three humans wear.

Adam, played by Joseph Robinson, portrayed the naive and confused man who was simply searching for someone so he would not be alone.

Giving him a Welsh accent was a brilliant addition after all everyone loves a Welsh accent.

Robinson, who had already played Adam in a previous production, confidently came onto the stage in nothing but a leaf-made loin cloth.

Dale Adams was cast in the role of overly camp and twink-styled Steve. Adams, who originated this role in the UK production, was hilarious to watch.

Introducing himself as ‘Saint Eve’ as ‘St’ is short for Saint was very clever and his character has many one-liners that add to his character.

Using all the stereotype-jargon and gestures, Adams was perfectly cast as Steve and at one point had the audience in tears of laughter.

Hayley Hampson was Eve and both her and Adams brought to life their respective characters and they managed to portray their characters in a sort of teenage-like manner.

With many references to the gay culture including Grindr and other such ‘dating’ apps plus other contemporary references including Trump and Nicole Sturgeon the Chandler Warren, who wrote the book and lyrics, clearly knew what they were doing.

Winner of Best New Musical at the Hollywood Fringe 2015, the play then performed a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 and it is no surprise it was a hit.

Although the play does not run on for very long there are some parts where it is simply filler including a dance routine between Beelzebub (Stephen McGlynn) and God (Michael Christopher).

Whether or not this was actually needed is debatable as it was not like the rest of the cast needed a costume change.

The theatre itself was an off-West End show in the heart of Angel and it could not have been a better venue. The small theatre in its own way added to the show.

Although a bit of air condition would not have been criticised.

Nevertheless, the play was brilliant and left me with a sort of sense of joy after.

I would happily see the show again although to see it the first time does not ruin the jokes and hilarious parts that had me wiping away tears of laughter.

A brilliant production!

 

Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf – a triumph for Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill

If you think you have a turbulent relationship you have not seen anything like Martha and George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Director: James MacDonald

Starring: Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots

Running time: 3 hours and 10 minutes

Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Dates: May 27 last performance

The production, a 1962 play by Edward Albee, examines the breakdown of the marriage of the middle-aged couple Martha and George.

One evening, after a university faculty party, they receive an unwitting younger couple Nick and Honey as guests and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship.

At the start of the play we are introduced to Martha (Imelda Staunton) and George (Conleth Hill) who stumble into their home after a night of drinking.

Immediately you gain a sense of their relationship through their dialogue and you cannot help but laugh especially at the reoccurring statement that George is six years younger than Martha.

With the production in three parts, it does seem to drag on but with the cast you are kept hooked and engaged throughout the whole play.

Staunton proves just how much of a star she is during this production. Her ability to portray the fragile mind set of Martha as well as keeping the audience entertained throughout.

It is no surprise Staunton was incredible as Martha but Hill’s performance of George was just as enjoyable to watch.

Known for his portrayal as Varys in Game of Thrones, Hill was perfect at bringing to life George and their turbulent relationship together.

Nick (Luke Treadaway) and Honey (Imogen Poots) also make the production worthwhile to see. It seems all the characters have their issues and problems and it is as the play goes on more and more of these come to the forefront.

Despite already seeing the 1966 film adaptation starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton I already knew the story and twists.

But seeing it on stage was a completely different experience. The brilliant writing by Albee does help with the production but the delivering of the script by Hill and Staunton added that little extra.

With a running time of more than three hours the atmosphere of the play starts in a comedic way but the end of the production will leave you feeling sorry for Martha and George.

Her last words ‘I am George’ will haunt you as you leave the theatre.

The production is definitely a must see for everyone. Staunton, Hill, Poots and Treadaway are truly amazing portraying their respective characters.

Performed at the Harold Pinter Theatre, in London, the show will run until May 27.

Image by John Persson

Death Takes A Holiday: A brilliant, melancholy musical

New musical Death Takes A Holiday is a brilliant production full of fantastic songs, charismatic characters and will keep you wondering just how it will end.

Director: Thom Southerland

Starring: Zoe Doano, Chris Peluso, Mark Inscoe, James Gant, Kathryn Akin, Ashley Stillburn, Scarlett Courtney, Matthew McDonald, Helen Turner, Sophie-May Feek, Trudi Camilleri, Anthony Cable, Gay Soper and Samuel Thomas

Book: Thomas Meehan

Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre

Running time: January 16 – March 4

I got the privilege to see the new musical at Charing Cross Theatre, Death Takes A Holiday and I cannot express how great it was.

Adapted from a book, the plays sees Death (Chris Peluso) taking a holiday and spending a weekend at the home of Duke Vittorio Lamberti (Mark Inscoe) at the edge of the Lago di Garda in northern Italy.

During his time at the villa, his presence begins to have an impact on not just those who live in the house but the entire world. No one dies and everyone seems to have a fresh new step in their lives.

Death becomes attached to Lamberti’s daughter Grazia (Zoe Doano) and his quest to find out why men are terrified of him is answered.

Peluso’s portrayal of Death is both charismatic and charming but at the same time you feel a sort of stern and powerful persona.

His ability to walk onto the stage and immediately grasp the audience’s attention is applaudable. Sadly Peluso will be leaving the production in February.

Peluso will be replaced by James Gant – who is currently playing the part of butler Fidele. Gant brings to life the cowardly and hilarious character who accidentally finds out the truth about Death.

When on stage Gant stays in character and even when eyes are focussed on other characters Gant is one I would recommend to keep an eye on.

Small things he does emphasises Fidele’s character including downing a glass of champagne that was meant for the rest of the family.

The whole cast is perfectly suited to their role and you will be humming the songs hours after the show has ended.

In particular the opening song In The Middle of Your Life is extremely catchy and relatable – you never know what will happen on a daily basis – which seems to be the premise of the narrative.

There is one song that I found to be moving and memorable. Losing Roberto is sung by Stephanie Lamberti (Kathryn Akin) who sings about losing her son during World War One.

This is both an emotional song but Akin brings out the despair and upset a mother must go through after losing a son. This song is so moving it makes Death think about his plans.

With a narrative focussed around the character of death, it is not surprisingly both the set and the costumes have a sort of melancholy and dark theme.

The play is a soaring story of the preciousness of life and the overwhelming power of love. Anyone who is a fan of Phantom of the Opera will thoroughly enjoy this one.

I would highly recommend seeing Death Takes A Holiday. It is one I would happily see again.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: A show like no other

The stage-adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel does not fail to enrich the audience with a unique theatre experience.

Writer: Mark Haddon

Stage Adaptation: Simon Stephens

Director: Marianne Elliott

Cast: Sion Daniel Young, Rebecca Lacey, Nicolas Tennant, Mary Stockley, Jacqueline Clarke

Theatre: Gielgud Theatre, London

It does always worry me when an adaptation of a favourite book gets produced whether it is for the stage or theatre but The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time does not fail to bring to life the characters from the novel.

The story follows Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old boy with Asperger Syndrome, who finds his neighbour’s dog has been killed with a pitch-fork.

Christopher decides to take it upon himself to find out who killed the dog and in doing so he uncovers a deeper secret that will change his life.

Director Marianne Elliott clear knew what she was doing when she set out working on this production.

With a narrative which heavily relies on logic and mathematics I was curious myself to see just how the novel could be adapted on the stage.

Through the use of the entire stage including the walls, the audience is able to see the world through the eyes of Christopher (Sion Daniel Young).

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Christopher draws on the ground, the ensemble pick him up and he walks along the walls pretending to be an astronaut.

Elliott has indeed created a magnificent production and together with Simon Stephens, who wrote the stage adaptation, the two have brought a first person novel onto the stage in the most creative way.

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Young’s performance of Christopher is truly outstanding. His ability to show the struggles someone with Aspergers goes through on a daily basis is perfectly portrayed.

Even the audience were drawn into the production. As Christopher loves prime numbers, every prime number in the theatre has a special task – to see whether your name equals as a prime number.

Even the programme enhances the production through explanations of the Pythagoras theorem and other mathematical explanations.

After studying the novel at college, I can now safely say the theatre production is one I would advise anyone to see.

For those who have or haven’t read the novel, the theatre production is a true, creative masterpiece with an extremely talented cast.

Matilda The Musical: A children’s narrative full of adult humour

An amazing performance full of acrobatics, perfect choreography, puppetry and a terrifying headteacher.

Director: Matthew Warchus

Music and lyrics: Tim Minchin

Starring: Evie Hone, Craige Els, Michael Begley, Miria Parvin, Rebecca Thornhill, Charlotte Scott

Theatre: Cambridge Theatre, London.

Hundreds and probably thousands will know the story of Matilda – the young girl neglected by her parents finds comfort in reading countless books and develops unusual powers.

Well the musical adaptation by comedian Tim Minchin does not fail to bring the magic of the story by Roald Dahl to audiences.

Sitting in the theatre eagerly waiting for the production to start I couldn’t help but notice that I was surrounded by a children and young children at that.

Of course I knew the production was predominately aimed at children but I felt slightly uncomfortable. However, as soon as the show started I was transported back to my childhood.

I remember first watching the film adaptation of the classic tale and being mesmerised by the humour and magic.

Matilda The Musical did exactly the same for me but it was different, in a good way. The characters I loved growing up and those I hated (Miss Trunchbull in particular) were right in front me.

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So many of my favourite scenes in the film were executed almost flawlessly. I could not help control my laughter when Miss Trunchbull (Craige Els) threw poor Amanda Fripp (Ellie Dadd) just for wearing pig tails.

The poor little boy sat next to me was not overly pleased with this scene and was absolutely terrified.

The show is full of mesmerising dance sequences and choreography and you cannot help but continue to watch with astonishment at the young children having the confidence to get on a stage on daily basis to perform.

Evie Hone (Matilda) is likely to have an amazing career in theatre. Her performances of her solos, including my particular favourite Naughty, is amazing to watch.

I cannot express how nervous I would be to get on a stage even now. All the children were all stars in themselves and all deserve recognition.

Although not the star of the show but definitely one who keeps everyone entertain is Els’ version of Miss Trunchbull, the tyrant headteacher.

Els’ got into the character so much that many children were scared upon the headteacher’s arrival on stage, including myself.

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It is no surprise the success of the show has made it across the pond to Broadway. It is only a matter of time before the production is a worldwide phenomenon.

Matilda The Musical is both full of humour and sadness but is a master production.

Don’t forget… ‘Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty.’

Kinky Boots: A sexual, hilarious story of two unlikely friends

‘Sex is in the heel’ in this West End production of the Tony award-winning musical.

Directer and choreography: Jerry Mitchell

Music and Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper

Starring: Killian Donnelly, Arun Blair-Mangat, Amy Lennox, Jamie Baughan, Amy Ross, Michael Hobbs

Theatre: Adelphi Theatre, London

To say this musical is enjoyable would be an understatement to say the least and Kinky Boots does not fail at keeping you smiling throughout.

Based on a true story, the theatre-adaptation follows the lives of Charlie Price a shoemaking from Northampton trying his hardest to keep his family business going and Lola, a crossdresser from London.

After a chance encounter the two begin working together to create the perfect shoe for the niche crossdressing-market.

The show opens with the catchy Most Beautiful Thing in the World and even after two days this song still circulating through my head.

It is not surprising how easy it is to remember the songs. With music and lyrics by the iconic Cyndi Lauper should be a reason in itself to see the show.

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The two leads Arun Blair-Mangat (Lola) and Killian Donnelly (Charlie) both are exceptional in bringing to life these two characters.

Seeing a man strut around a stage in six inch or higher heels is a true masterpiece. They say practice makes perfect and Blair-Mangat seem to fall into the role of Lola naturally.

With a number of high tempo and energetic solos, a particular favourite by Lola was the emotional I’m Not My Father’s Son.

The crowd-pleaser finale Raise You Up/Just Be did in fact raise the audience and everyone started joining in dancing.

A History of Wrong Guys, performed by Amy Lennox as Lauren, is one of the funniest performances of the production.

Lennox got into her character perfectly and her solo reinforced the relatable feeling of falling for someone you cannot have.

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With a simple set design of inside, and occasionally outside the factory, the production relies on the whole cast to work together to create the brilliant production.

Despite ending on a high, it did take a several minutes to really understand why this show had been such a success but the standing ovation at the end is definitely worth it.

Full of ups, downs and incredibly colourful stilettos Kinky Boots will leaving you humming the catchy tunes and a desire to wear a pair of Lola’s Kinky Boots.

An incredible performance and definitely on my list to see again.

Let’s Do The Time Warp Again!

For one night only, the world sang and danced to the Time Warp.

Writer: Richard O’Brien

Director: Christopher Luscombe

Starring: David Bedella. Haley Flaherty, Ben Forster, Sophie Linder-Lee, Jayde Westaby, Richard Meek, Dominic Andersen, Kristian Lavercombe

Touring: From December 2015

The Playhouse Theatre, London, and cinemas across the world were invaded by ‘Sweet Transvestites From Transexual, Transylvania’ for the live screening of the Rocky Horror Show.

One of the most iconic, audience ‘interactable’ shows to be produced on stage follows Brad and Janet who get ‘pelvic thrusted’ into a ‘strange journey’.

First showed in 1973, the musical production has become a cult classic and fans across the world have filled theatres waiting for their favourite Transvestites to appear on stage all dressed head to toe as their favourite characters and the live stream did not fail to follow these traditional requirements.

Unlike most theatre productions, the show relies heavily on audience participation with them shouting iconic words and phrases, taking items in with them and even getting up and doing the Time Warp.

As a huge fan of the show and the film adaptation starring Tim Curry, I was eagerly anticipating the live stream and what a joy it was.

As the screening began, a feeling of jealousy swooped over me. Why didn’t I go to see the show in London? Even though I have seen it multiple times before there is nothing more exciting than seeing the show on stage.

However, live screenings do have their positives. With the ability to zoom into the actors faces, the cinema audiences across the world are able to see their facial expressions more clearly. This also includes when the cast are trying to hold back laughter.

As well, whilst the theatre audience were settling in their seats, cinema audiences were treated to an exclusive interview with Richard O’Brian himself who explained why the show has been such a success over the years

David Bedella’s performance as everyone’s favourite Transvestite Frank N Furter has become a fan favourite and his ability to create a role so iconic is a tough job but he does not fail to do so with perfection.

He knew how to keep the audience engaged through his facial expressions, vocals and ad lib which is an element of theatre that I particularly love.

Breaking the fourth wall is common in this performance and the live stream did not fail to follow this through with Frank saying to an audience member that it was his time to sing.

The rest of the cast including Hayley Flaherty as Janet, Ben Forster as Brad, Sophie Linder-Lee as Columbia, Jayde Westerby as Magenta, Richard Meek as Eddie/Dr Scott and Dominic Andersen as Rocky were nothing else but perfect.

All performers have played their respective parts in various productions of the show in past years and returned for this special evening.

Kristian Lavercome as Riff Raff is the only performer who will be continuing his role as the hunched-back, faithful handyman when the show begins its tour in December 2015.

To top of the evening, creator Richard O’Brien took on the role of one the narrators causing roars of applause throughout the theatre and the cinema.

Other guest narrators included Stephen Fry, Emma Bunton, Anthony Head and Mel Giedroyc who also introduced the show worldwide to cinema audiences.

The production has been running for 43 years and the one night only live stream was a charitable event for Amnesty International, a cause that O’Brien feelings strongly about.

The Rocky Horror Show will be touring from December 2015 but get your tickets ASAP! They will sell out quickly!