Rocky Horror to rock Cape Town


22 November 2004

Capetonians need not wait for much longer as the world’s most popular rock ‘n roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show, is on its way and is set to delight local audiences when it takes to Ratanga Junction’s main stage from 24 November to mid-January 2005.

Produced by Barnyard Theatre Productions, the show is directed by a former Frank N Furter – the talented Ian von Memerty, who played the gender-bender Transylvanian almost a decade ago.

This time around the role will be played by popular local performer Paul du Toit, who will be joined on stage by well-known Cape-based actor Jason Ralph, who plays Riff Raff.

Kerry Hiles and David Chevers take the roles of those most hapless of virgins – Brad and Janet – while veteran stage actor David Sherwood is the omnipresent narrator.

There are also star turns by Bronwyn Evans as Columbia, and Tessa Denton as Magenta, adding their special magic to a critically acclaimed production.

The Rocky Horror Show had a chequered history in South Africa, with the film version being banned after four weeks on circuit. Creator Richard O’Brien devised the sci-fi spoof in the early 1970s, his only vision being to provide him and a few friends with employment – now numerous productions are still being staged worldwide.

The current South African show kicked off its year-long national tour earlier this year at The Barnyard Theatre in Durban, where it enjoyed a sold-out nine-week run before moving on to The Barnyard Theatre in Pretoria, where it also played to packed houses.

The show is currently enjoying a successful season at the Port Elizabeth Opera House.

A rollicking and irreverent musical, Rocky Horror is the perfect way to celebrate the end of 2004. Cape Town audiences are encouraged to don their finest Rocky get-ups and become part of the action in this hit show, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Call 083 91 ROCKY or Computicket to book your tickets and find out about the opening week special offer of two tickets for the price of one. reporter