Comedian Dom Joly, actress Beverley Callard, TV presenter Alison Hammond, comedian Steve Punt and actor Philip Franks will star as The Narrator in the 2018/9 UK tour of The Rocky Horror Show. The five stars will take to the stage to perform the iconic role at various moments during the new national tour of the show, which opens at Theatre Royal Brighton this December and then travels across the country until November 2019. More celebrity narrators will be announced over the coming months.
Trigger Happy TV star Dom Joly said: “I'm soooo excited to play the part of the narrator in The Rocky Horror Show. I've been entranced by the show since I stumbled upon it, one late night, in a cinema in Notting Hill Gate in 1990. More importantly, I haven't had the opportunity to wear fishnets since I was a Goth back in the late Eighties...any excuse..."
Coronation Street legend Beverley Callard said: “Wow! I’m really looking forward to joining the Rocky Horror family, I’ve been Time Warping for years as you all know. And I can’t wait to be back on stage at my favourite theatre, the Manchester Opera House. Get ready all you Rocky Horror fans, let's make this strange journey together. See you all there!”
This Morning presenter Alison Hammond said: “I cannot wait to join the Rocky Horror team in May. It’s in my hometown of Birmingham which is obviously the best place! So make sure you come along and enjoy the show!!”
Returning as The Narrator, Steve Punt of Punt and Dennis said: “I first saw Rocky when I was 15, so it's a show that I've known for a long time and always loved. It was just a lovely thing to be asked to do it. The director said to me, 'don't worry if you don't remember every line because the audience know them and will shout them out anyway’ - some of the shout-outs are really funny and it's great to join in the fun!”
Also reprising the role, beloved actor Philip Franks said: “I can absolutely guarantee you will come out of The Rocky Horror Show feeling 100 times better than when you went in. The dancing and singing is fabulous and there is such a goodwill about the show. It’s a lot of fun to perform.”