Adelaide Festival Centre’s Festival Theatre opens tonight with Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, following a five-month closure to allow for works to the foyers and a new northern promenade.
The Rocky Horror Show is a true classic and one of theatre’s most endearing and outrageously fun shows since it first opened at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 1973.
For the first stop in the show’s new Australian tour, television and theatre star Craig McLachlan will don Frank N Furter’s legendary fishnets in his Helpmann Award-winning role. Joining him will be Kristian Lavercombe, musical theatre favourites Amanda Harrison (Wicked, We Will Rock You), Adelaide’s Nadia Komazec (Matilda, The Phantom of the Opera) and Brendan Irving (The Bodyguard, An Officer and A Gentleman), alongside Adam Rennie (Jekyll & Hyde, Love Never Dies). Stage and screen leading man Cameron Daddo will play the role of the Narrator, with Adelaide legend Peter Goers taking on the role for selected performances.
Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director, Douglas Gautier AM, says it’s been a race to the finish. “We have been strongly focussed on making sure Rocky Horror audiences have a fantastic night out and experience.
“There’s still lots of work to do before Festival Centre’s overall redevelopment is finished, but we wanted to keep the closure of the theatre to an absolute minimum.
“Although the works are all happening outside the auditorium, we had no alternative but to close it down for five months. We took advantage of the closure to put down a new stage and make some technical upgrades.
“The whole Festival Centre has turned north to face the river and we now have a beautiful new entrance from King William Road, overlooking Elder Park and the Torrens.
“Over the coming weeks we will unveil the new Walk of Fame, new cafes and bars, a completely rebuilt amphitheatre, a children’s musical playground and a stunning laser show that will celebrate Adelaide Festival Centre’s distinctive roof shells.”
Also part of the redevelopment are two large outdoor LED media screens, which will feature the first commissioned digital artworks for Adelaide Festival Centre Works of Art Collection.
“Our proud tradition of visual art curation is evolving for the 21st century and our new digital screens at the gateway to the Riverbank will feature outstanding multimedia artworks from international and local artists.”
Future stages of Adelaide Festival Centre’s redevelopment will include new exhibition spaces and foyers opening onto the Festival Plaza.
The Rocky Horror Show will re-open the Festival Theatre from 28 December 2017 to 13 January 2018.
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