TV presenter Ore Oduba joins Rocky Horror cast for Wyvern show

By Jessica Durston - 13 January 2022

Arts and Culture

The Rocky Horror Picture Show cast have been joined by TV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Ore Oduba, who will perform at the Wyvern.

Actor, presenter, and winner of Strictly Come Dancing, Ore Oduba who has been receiving rave reviews as Brad Majors, will continue to don his fishnets as he extends his role in Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show.  He’s set to appear in the show at the Wyvern Theatre this March.

Ore Oduba said: “I’m so excited to be extending my stay with our amazing Rocky family. Truth is, when you know how it feels to wear a corset and heels it’s very hard to take them off!! (at least it is in my case!) It’s been a wild ride so far; the audiences have been incredible and I can’t wait to Time Warp around even more corners of the country.”

Alongside Ore as Frank is West End star, Stephen Webb (Jersey Boys and Legally Blonde), with actor, Philip Franks (The Darling Buds of May), as The Narrator. They are joined by fan favourite Haley Flaherty (Mamma Mia and Chicago) as Janet.

Kristian Lavercombe (Jersey Boys and Jesus Christ Superstar) once again reprises his role as Riff Raff, following more than 1800 performances around the world, with Lauren Ingram (Beauty and the Beast and My Fair Lady) as Columbia. Ben Westhead (Oliver and The Sound of Music) as Rocky, with Joe Allen (Little Shop of Horrors and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory) as Eddie & Dr Scott. 

The cast as Phan-toms are Reece Budin (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Man of La Mancha), Jordan Fox (Kinky Boots and Hairspray) and Rachel Grundy (Starlight Express and Peter Pan), Darcy Finden who is making her professional debut, Danny Knott (Saturday Night Fever and A Midsummer Nights’ Dream) as Male Swing and Stefania Du Toit (Starlight Express and Singing in the Rain), as Female Swing and Dance Captain.

The Rocky Horror Show is at the Wyvern Theatre from Monday 7 – Saturday 12 March. Tickets are available at  https://swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/tickets-rocky-horror-show-swindon-2022

Ticket prices are as follows: 

  • Mon - Thu 7.30pm: £44.50, £40.50, £38.50
  • Fri 4pm: £39.50, £35.50, £33.50
  • Fri & Sat 8pm and Sat 4pm: £49.50, £45.50, £43.50
  • Groups: 8+ £3.00 off, 20+ £4.00 off, 40+ £5.00 off
  • Friends: £5 off (Mon 8pm only)

A £3.65 transaction fee may apply to standard orders with fee-free booking for Wyvern Friends.

Since it first opened in London in June 1973 at the Royal Court's Theatre Upstairs, Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show has been performed worldwide for over 45 years in more than 30 countries, and has been translated into 20 languages.

Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the show features all the famous musical numbers which have made The Rocky Horror Show such a huge hit for over four decades, including Sweet Transvestite, Science Fiction/Double Feature, Dammit Janet, and The Time-Warp.

A spokesperson for the show said: "The Rocky Horror Show 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 whilst on their way to visit their favourite college professor. It’s an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits. 

"The Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy, and music while encouraging audience participation - meaning, of course, getting dressed-up in the most outrageous fancy dress.

"Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, The Rocky Horror Show is the boldest bash of them all. But be warned, this show has rude parts! It is perfect show to help people forget the doom and gloom of recent months."

The show comes with an age restriction of 14+.

The Rocky Horror Show first began life in 1973 before an audience of just 63 people in the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs. It was an immediate success and transferred to the Chelsea Classic Cinema, before going on to run at the Kings Road Theatre, 1973-79 and the Comedy Theatre in the West End, 1979-80.

In 1975 it was transformed into a film called The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This film adaptation took over $135 million at the Box Office and is still shown in cinemas around the world more than 40 years after its premiere, making it the longest running theatrical release in cinema history. Many stars including Russell Crowe, Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Jerry Springer, Jason Donovan, and Meatloaf have appeared in The Rocky Horror Show over the past 45 years.

In 2015, as part of a sold-out season at London’s Playhouse Theatre, a special star-studded Gala charity performance in aid of Amnesty International was broadcast to over 600 cinemas across the UK and Europe. The live screening - featuring a host of celebrities playing The Narrator including Stephen Fry, Mel Giedroyc, Emma Bunton, Ade Edmondson, Anthony Head and Richard O’Brien - smashed box office records and was the biggest grossing film in cinemas across the UK. The performance was subsequently screened on the Sky Arts channel.

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