Producers Howard Panter and John Frost gleefully announced today that the author of The Rocky Horror Show, Richard O’Brien, will join the production for limited special performances during the Melbourne season playing the role of The Narrator. O’Brien can be seen at performances on June 30, July 1, 2, 5 (5.30pm only), 7, 8, 9 and 12.
O’Brien will take to the stage to Timewarp as only he can in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Melbourne audiences. O’Brien has only rarely appeared on stage in The Rocky Horror Show after writing the much loved rock and roll musical.
O’Brien attended the Opening Night of this 40th Anniversary tour in Brisbane in 2015, and said this production is “very, very special. I am deeply moved.”
Beloved Australian stage and television legend Bert Newton will continue to perform the role of The Narrator at all other scheduled performances.
Australia’s new 40th Anniversary production of The Rocky Horror Show, which received huge acclaim during sell out seasons last year in Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, has just completed a wild Sydney season and began a final return season at the Comedy Theatre on 11 June.
“We are thrilled that Richard O’Brien is joining us for a few performances in Melbourne to play the Narrator. To have the creator of this iconic musical as part of the production for a short time is a dream come true, and I’m sure Rocky Horror fans will flock to Melbourne to see this unique opportunity,” said producers Howard Panter and John Frost. “Make sure you buy a ticket before it’s sold out, and before madness takes its toll.”