Review | The Rocky Horror Show, Manchester Opera House

Review | The Rocky Horror Show, Manchester Opera House


It may be 44 years old now, but Rocky Horror is still as popular as ever. The funny, sassy and wacky musical is bursting with energy, which was met by the very eager and engaged Manchester audience (some who were dressed up for the occasion).

When Brad (Ben Adams) and his practically perfect fiancé Janet’s (Joanne Clifton) car break down, the only place near by to ask for help is a creepy castle, home to Frank-N-Further and his strange friends. Let the entertainment begin!

Narrating the story throughout is Corrie star, Beverley Callard. Callard makes a naughty and sarcastic narrator, responding to the heckles from the audience with a quick wit.

Before you realise it, you are up on your feet joining in with the ‘Time Warp’, where the entire audience danced and clapped along. Plus, the screams of pleasure as Frank-N-Furter (Stephen Webb) makes his entrance to ‘Sweet Transvite‘. Webb makes an excelllent and ravishing Frank, strutting around the stage with sass and never letting his sex apeal drop for one second!

Director Christopher Luscombe did a great job of creating a spectacle on stage. The set, designed by Hugh Durrant, was clever and the movie film around the top of the stage reminds the audience of the style of the original film.

Joanne Clifton (Janet) and Ben Adams (Brad) are both wonderful together. The audience gets to witness their transformation from the perfect couple to a dirty and fun loving pair.

I have to mention how energetic and athletic Callum Evans, who plays Frank’s creature Rocky, was. Flipping and jumping around the stage brought the audience to their feet!

Special mention also must go to Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff, Laura Harrison as Magenta and the brilliant Miracle Chance as Columbia, who were all raunchy and complemented the leads with just the right amount of wackiness.

The show was fast, funny and wacky, and everything you want from a production of Rocky Horror.

Catch The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Opera House until Saturday Janurary 26th. Tickets can be bought here.



  1. Dave Freeman
    January 11, 2019 / 3:34 pm

    Hi Jess,
    Nice review. Rocky Horror Show (not Rocky Horror PIcture Show, that is the movie) though.

    • jessrandomworld
      January 11, 2019 / 6:46 pm

      Ah thank you for noting that! 😃 Glad you like it

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