50th Anniversary Tour of Rocky Horror Show Hits Eastbourne

By Gail McKay

Last Night was the opening night for the Rocky Horror World Tour at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne

First performed in 1973, it caused quite a stir, embracing glam rock with all its gender-subversion glory. An original idea, from Richard O’Brien to write a musical about science fiction and B-Movies is now an international established classic in musical theatre.

‘It was years ahead of its time, people are much more open about their sexuality these days.’ Says Belinda Sinclair, one of the original actors to play Janet.

For those unfamiliar with the story, squeaky clean college kids – Brad and his fiancée Janet are travelling home when, by a twist of fate, their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion whilst on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank N Furter. It is an adventure they’ll never forget,

The posters promise a party, and that’s what you get, 2 hours, plus interval, of a wonderful and wild, hilarious and quite bloody evening of big numbers, flirty innuendo (in your endo), and nostalgia.

Teenagers since the 70’s have embraced it’s counterculture celebration, and the audience last night was packed out with a huge age range, singing along, and shouting the well-known audience responses to the script. Philip Franks, who played the narrator was dry, naughty, and haughty. A very well known, and quite rude retort was met with, ‘It’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang next month, would you shout that at them?’

No more spoilers, just a hearty recommendation for a screamingly good night out.

Cast were tip top, hats off to every single one, and especially the beautiful voice of Stephen Webb playing Frank N Furter, the sassiness of Darcy Finden playing Columbia and Ben Westhead, who plays Rocky, for staying flexed and shiny throughout.

All the songs are show stoppers. Get your fish net stockings and get down to one of my favourite night’s out for a long time.


Tue 13 Jun 2023 – Sat 17 Jun 2023



Friday 5:30pm, 8:30pm

Saturday 5pm 8pm

Location: Congress Theatre

Call 01323 412000 Email box office boxoffice@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk

Main Box Welcome Building

Carlisle Road Eastbourne East Sussex BN21 4BW

Price: £16 – £44.50

Concessions £5 off, Under 16s £10 off

Groups 10+ £5 off, 20+ £6 off, 50+ £7 off

Discounts apply to top 3 prices, Tue – Thu & Fri 5.30pm

Ovation Plus & Premium 10% Off (Max 4 Tickets)

Prices inclusive of £2 per ticket booking fee