Let’s Do The Time Warp Again! New Rocky Horror Show Premieres Midnight Saturday October 18 On BBC AMERICA

Creator Richard O’Brien and Guests to Narrate

Two-hour gala stage performance celebrates the musical which first appeared in London in 1973

New York – October 6, 2015 – BBC AMERICA celebrates the 40th anniversary global tour of the original international hit, The Rocky Horror Show. A special midnight premiere of a brand new two-hour gala performance from the stage of London’s Playhouse Theatre, starring original show creator, Richard O’Brien as ‘The Narrator’, and guest ‘Narrators’ Stephen Fry, Anthony Head, Adrian Edmondson, Emma Bunton and Mel Giedroyc, premieres midnight Saturday, October 18 on BBC AMERICA. An encore Halloween midnight airing follows a full day of Doctor Who-lloween, October 31. For more information, please visit the BBC AMERICA PRESS ROOM.

The Rocky Horror Show is a piece of our collective pop culture consciousness,” says Sarah Barnett, President and General Manager, BBC AMERICA. “Daring, fun and funny, unabashed and wildly entertaining, we think this brilliant new version of Rocky Horror will be embraced by our fans in the lead up to Halloween.”

Inspired by science fiction and horror B movies, the rock ‘n’ roll musical tells the story of squeaky clean sweethearts Brad and Janet and their encounter with crazy transvestite scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his latest muscular creation, Rocky Horror. The score is packed with fan favorite songs including “The Time Warp”, “Sweet Transvestite” and “Dammit, Janet”.

“I’m still in awe at the popularity of the show,” said Richard O’Brien, Creator and Narrator, The Rocky Horror Show. I wrote something I thought I might like to go see and it’s now lived successfully for more than 40 years in theaters around the world.  Jumping on stage to bring the original show back to life has been an amazing experience. I hope audiences continue to have as much fun with it as I am.”

The Rocky Horror Show is an Ambassador Theatre Group production presented by Rocky Horror Company and Picturehouse Entertainment. The show is directed by Christopher Luscombe and produced by Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group.

The Rocky Horror Show first appeared at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1973 and following its success was later adapted into the film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, featuring creator Richard O’Brien in the role of Riff Raff, Susan Sarandon as Janet and Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter.  The screen version boasted the longest running release in film history, which has helped to perpetuate the success of the stage production. The Rocky Horror Show has since taken the world by storm with productions taking place in over 30 countries.

CAST AND PRODUCTION CREDITS

 

Guest Narrators           Stephen Fry (Wilde, Blackadder, QI)

                                      Adrian Edmondson (The Young Ones)

                                       Emma Bunton (Spice Girls)

                                       Mel Giedroyc (The Great British Bake Off)

                                       Anthony Head (Merlin, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

 

Usherette                     Jayde Westaby

Janet                             Haley Flaherty

Brad                             Ben Forster

Narrator                       Richard O’Brien

Riff Raff                        Kristian Lavercombe

Magenta                        Jade Westaby

Columbia                      Sophie Linder-Lee

Dr. Frank-N-Furter       David Bedella

Rocky                           Dominic Andersen

Eddie/Dr. Scott             Richard Meek

Phantoms                      Rachel Grundy, Ben Kerr, Will Knights, Hannah Malekzad

Swing                           Andrew Ahern

 

Written by                    Richard O’Brien

 

Director                       Christopher Luscombe

 

BBC AMERICA delivers U.S. audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. A joint venture between BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and AMC Networks, BBC AMERICA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including four Emmy® Awards, five Golden Globes® and 12 Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of cable’s most affluent and educated audiences and is available on cable and satellite TV in nearly 80 million homes. It broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online, www.BBCAmerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist. Find out more by visiting www.Press.BBCAmerica.com/ or follow us on www.twitter.com/BBCAMERICA.

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