After triumphant seasons throughout 2023, the 50th Anniversary tour of ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ will return to Australian stages next year.
The 2024 production will open at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre from January, starring Australians superstars Jason Donovan as Frank N Furter, and Myf Warhurst as the Narrator (Newcastle only). It will then head to Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre and Theatre Royal Sydney.
‘The Rocky Horror Show’ tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank’n’Furter an extra-terrestrial mad scientist from the galaxy of Transylvania where people really like to party! It’s an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits.
Returning cast members include Stellar Perry as Magenta/The Usherette, Deirdre Khoo as Janet, Henry Rollo as Riff Raff, Darcey Eagle as Columbia and Ellis Dolan as Eddie/Dr Scott. Joining them on the 2024 tour as Brad and the Frank N Furter Alternate will be Blake Bowden (‘The Book of Mormon’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘Sweeney Todd’) and as Rocky Daniel Erbacher (‘Grease’, ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘Cruel Intentions the Musical’).
Written and created by Richard O’Brien, ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ has become one of the world’s favourite musicals, and is currently the only contemporary rock musical to celebrate 50 years on stage.
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“Earlier this year I had the greatest pleasure to play Frank in this incredible 50th Anniversary production of ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ back home in Australia and I can truly say it was one of the most satisfying and enjoyable times in my career,” Jason Donovan says.
“From the insanely talented cast, the hard working crew and of course the enthusiastic audiences we could not have asked for anything more so I am beyond thrilled we get to come back around to Melbourne and Sydney for encore seasons, and bring the show to Newcastle where I am looking forward to taking the stage for the first time and hopefully a few dips in that glorious ocean!”
Over its 50 years, many stars of stage and screen have been a part of ‘The Rocky Horror Show’. . . Russell Crowe, Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Meat Loaf, Jerry Springer, Adam Lambert, Emma Bunton, Stephen Fry, Reg Livermore, Bert Newton, Gretel Killeen, Derryn Hinch, and Shane Jacobson to name a few.
Tickets are on sale now.
The Rocky Horror Show 2024 Australia Tour DatesFrom 12 January – Civic Theatre (Newcastle)
From 9 February – Athenaeum Theatre (Melbourne)
From 31 March – Theatre Royal Sydney