TV’s favourite police sergeant Philip Franks is to make a welcome return to His Majesty’s Theatre next year in the role of The Narrator in the 40th Anniversary Tour of Rocky Horror Show.
Famed for playing Charlie in The Darling Buds of May and Sergeant Craddock in Heartbeat, he takes over the part from next June, and will appear in Richard O’Brien’s classic in the week-long run at HMT from September 5 to 10.
On television, Philip’s recent work in theatre includes Swanson in Flare Path and Hector in The History Boys tour while his West End theatre credits include Ivan in Art, Lloyd in Noises Off and Hamlet with the RSC.
He is also a director, with credits including Nicholas Nickleby (West End), The Comedy of Errors (Regent’s Park) and A Marvellous Year for Plum (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Since its first appearance at the Royal Court Theatre in June 1973, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show has been performed worldwide for over 40 years in over 30 countries, selling out in Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Austria, and has been translated into more than 20 languages.
Director Christopher Luscombe created a stunning new production to celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music and encourages audience participation.
This critically acclaimed version of the classic show, which tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet – two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank’n’Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house – is back by popular demand, embarking on a year-long national adventure starting in Brighton next month.
It features all of its famous musical classics including Science Fiction/Double Feature, Dammit Janet and of course, the timeless floor-filler, The Time-Warp. And many stars, including Russell Crowe, Tim Curry, Jerry Springer and Meatloaf have appeared in The Rocky Horror Show over the past four decades.
Tickets for Rocky Horror Show are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.