A Rocky Horror Christmas!
"There is no downside to visiting Oxfordshire, it’s splendid."
Actress and model Georgia May Foote (who plays Columbia) and S Club 7’s Paul Cattermole (who plays Eddie/Dr Scott) were joined by three of the four famous faces confirmed to play the role of The Narrator at the New Theatre from 13th-31st December were in town to launch the Rocky Horror Show’s Oxford run.
Comedian Norman Pace will be taking to the stage, as will actors Charlie Condou, who played Marcus Dent in Coronation Street, and Philip Franks, best known for his roles in The Darling Buds Of May and Heartbeat. Completing the all-star narrator line-up is Steve Punt, one half of Punt and Dennis, who is currently narrating the show in Eastbourne.
Guests were treated to a sneak peek of the show and had the chance to ask questions of the talented cast, before mingling with them over cocktails and canapés.
Georgia, who is looking forward to spending Christmas in the city, said: “I love Columbia, she’s a little bit crazy. I can’t wait to play her.
“I’m really excited about joining the cast, they are such a well-oiled machine and work so well together. I can’t wait to work with Charlie again either. When I was on Coronation Street, we got on really well so it’s lovely to see him again.
“I’ve not spent any time in Oxford before, but it is a beautiful place and I’m looking forward to exploring.”
Comedian Norman, who is best known as one half of Hale and Pace, said he loved performing in the show.
“When I first did the show, I was offered the part because someone was poorly and so they came to me as they thought I had the necessary skill set to handle it. So I got the gig and I’m still here.
“If you’re looking for somewhere to go for your office Christmas party come and see our show. It’s absolutely brilliant. It’s so good, even I can’t spoil it!”
Norman, who was last at the New Theatre in Annie Get Your Gun in 2014, said it was wonderful to be returning.
“There is no downside to visiting Oxfordshire, it’s splendid.”
And Philip Franks, who attend the University Of Oxford, said he defied anybody to watch the show and not enjoy it.
“I saw the show with Tim Curry when I was a school and it is one of my treasured memories of the 1970s.
“I can absolutely guarantee you will come out of Rocky Horror feeling one hundred times better than when you went in. The dancing and singing is fabulous and there is such a goodwill about the show. It’s a lot of fun to perform.”
Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music. Audience participation is encouraged, meaning of course, getting dressed in your most outrageous fancy dress. This musical extravaganza features all of its famous musical classics including “Science Fiction/Double Feature”, “Dammit Janet” and of course, the timeless floor-filler, “The Time-Warp”. Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show is the boldest bash of them all. Be warned, this show has rude parts!
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