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Rocky Horror sequel Shock Treatment heading for London stage

The 1981 movie was widely panned by critics but a theatre show opens in April

Jess Denham
Friday 28 November 2014 11:49 GMT
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A film still from 1981's Rocky Horror sequel, Shock Treatment
A film still from 1981's Rocky Horror sequel, Shock Treatment

The flop sequel to cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show is to be adapted for the London stage.

Director Benji Sperring will bring Richard O’Brien’s Shock Treatment to the King’s Head Theatre in spring 2015, with several of the original Rocky Horror characters featuring.

A film still from 1975's The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Rex Features)

“Shock Treatment has been waiting patiently in the wings for a stage premiere since the film was released in 1981,” said O’Brien.

“Just as Rocky began life upstairs at the Royal Court, it seems a perfect fit for Shock Treatment to start its stage life in the effervescent atmosphere of the astounding Kings Theatre next April.”

O’Brien has reworked his script for its stage debut after the movie was widely panned by critics and never achieved a general release.

Shock Treatment picks up directly after the original, as Rocky Horror’s Brad Majors and his new wife Janet find themselves trapped in an ominous TV game show that eerily preempts the popularity of reality television.

Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon did not return to the sequel in their iconic roles, with Cliff de Young and Jessica Harper taking over instead. Charles Gray and Patricia Quinn did reprise their parts, while a young Ruby Wax and Rick Mayall also starred.

The new stage production is set to run until 9 May and will be preceded by the 21st anniversary revival of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, first seen at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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