Madness takes its toll at the Mayflower Theatre

The cast of The Rocky Horror Show.
The cast of The Rocky Horror Show.
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One of the biggest cult shows of the 20th century is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and the UK national tour arrives at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, from Monday until Saturday.

Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show follows squeaky clean sweethearts Brad and Janet on an adventure. They’ll never forget what happens when their car breaks down on their way to meet their former college professor.

Everything changes when they stumble across a house in the middle of nowhere.

Stage and TV actor Sam Attwater, who has appeared in EastEnders and Hollyoaks, will play Brad.

He appears alongside Strictly Come Dancing finalist and Tracy Beaker star, Dani Harmer, who will plays Janet. West End actor Oliver Thornton will join them as the lead character Dr Frank N Furter.

Previously speaking to The Guide, Dani says: ‘I can’t wait to get started. It’s one of my favourite musicals, although I’m quite nervous.

‘I’ve never been to Southampton before, but on this tour I’m going to a lot of venues I’ve never performed at before so it’s something to look forward to.’

The production is famous for the fans who attend and dress up as characters from the show, as well as the large amount of audience participation throughout.

Dani was offered the chance to audition for the role last year, not long after finishing Strictly Come Dancing in fourth place. She says: ‘I still had to go and sing for them. But it went really well in the end.’

The film adaptation, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, took more than £85m at the box office and is still shown in cinemas around the world 38 years after its premiere, making it the longest running theatrical release in film history.

Songs included are Science Fiction/Double Feature, Dammit Janet and Time Warp.

Tickets: £15 to £33.50 on (023) 8071 1811 or go to