Richard O’Brien to return to London stage in ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ revival

Actor will perform in a UK production of the cult musical for the first time in over 20 years

Richard O’Brien is to perform in a UK production of The Rocky Horror Show for the first time in over 20 years.

The cult musical’s creator will appear as the narrator in a revival at London’s Playhouse Theatre from September 11 to September 19. O’Brien originally played Riff Raff in the original 1973 West End production of The Rocky Horror Show and its 1975 film adaptation starring Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick, which was titled The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The September 17 performance will be a special celebrity gala show broadcast live from the Playhouse Theatre into cinemas across the UK. Following its London run, The Rocky Horror Show will tour the UK from December with a new cast led by S Club 7’s Paul Cattermole, former Emmerdale actor Ben Freeman and X Factor singer Diana Vickers.

Discussing his return to London’s West End with WhatsOnStage, O’Brien joked: “I love playing the Narrator, I don’t have to do any work, everyone else does it.”

He also shared his thoughts on why The Rocky Horror Show struck such a chord when it was first performed in 1973. “I mean we are talking about a time when The Beatles had disbanded, glam rock had just started, punk was yet to start and I think [The Rocky Horror Show] was just as important as anything else at the time,” he said.

Tickets for O’Brien’s performances in The Rocky Horror Show go on sale on August 1. He is also due to participate in a “live immersive experience” based on classic Channel 4 game show The Crystal Maze, which recently hit its £500,000 crowd-funding target. It’s expected to launch in London later this year.