Rocky Horror Flirts with London for 30th???
Date: 6 September 2002
Producers of The Rocky Horror Show hope to culminate the show's 30th birthday celebrations with a limited run in London next summer. At last night's press launch for the anniversary tour starring Jonathan Wilkes, director Christopher Malcolm told Whatsonstage.com that he would like to transfer the cult rock musical to the West End in June 2003. As theatre owners ATG are co-producing, there should be a good choice of venues, though Malcolm has his heart set on the Albery, schedules permitting. The 872-seater is better known as a venue for plays than musicals, but Malcolm, who directed Rodgers and Hart's Pal Joey there in the 1980s, favours the more intimate atmosphere. He also plans to continue the upcoming tour's rota of celebrity narrators. Christine Hamilton, Rhona Cameron, John Stalker and 'Nasty Nick' Bateman are signed up to appear at various dates regionally and Malcolm would like them all to accompany the transfer - with perhaps some more new faces. At last night's event, Bateman confirmed that he was up for the challenge of facing the London critics. The Rocky Horror anniversary tour opens 30 September 2002 in Bromley before continuing until 31 May 2003 to 18 other venues with further dates to be announced (See News, 13 & 28 Aug 02).
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