Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show

3rd December 2014
Museumsquartier Halle E, Vienna

Written by Richard O’Brien

Directed by Sam Buntrock

Cast: Charles Brunton, Harriet Bunton, David Ribi, Stuart Matthew Price, Maria Franzén, Hannah Cadec, Vincent Gray, Jenny Perry, Amy Webb, Joshua Dever, Liam Ross-Mills, Jana Stelley, Paul Knights, (Rob Fowler)

Band: Pablo Navarro, Sean Green, Dustin Drews, Dennis Hormes, Robert Lindemann, Jérôme Lellouche

Narrator: Chris Lohner

Summary: Newly engaged couple Brad and Janet stumble onto the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter during a rainstorm. Taking refuge in the castle, they’re present for the doctor’s unveiling of his newest creation, Rocky. Frank seduces both Brad and Janet, Janet and Rocky become involved biblically, and Dr. Everett Scott (the professor Brad and Janet set out to visit at the start of the show) arrives looking for his nephew Eddie (whom Frank killed earlier). All comes to a head when the guests discover that Frank is actually an alien (a transvestite from the planet Transsexual in the galaxy Transylvania) who’s succeeded in creating the Sonic Transducer, “an audio-vibratory physiomolecular transport device” capable of “breaking down solid matter and then projecting it through space and, who knows, perhaps even time itself.”

Austrian TV icon Chris Lohner, who was the narrator on the evening I went to see the show (she alternates with comedian Herbert Steinböck) was very patient and good natured with the hecklers. The cast were all quite good (I thought Eddie was a bit weak-voiced, sadly, because his number is supposed to be a show-stopper), and the show itself was very well executed. Sometimes the singing was drowned out by the band, but that’s mostly due to the sub-par acoustics of the venue.

Both David Ribi (Brad) and Stuart Matthew Price (Riff Raff) have some serious pipes and for me were the highlights of the show. Another highlight is the scene where Riff Raff and Magenta reveal themselves to be in charge and will be transporting the whole castle back to Transsexual, wheeling on stage in huge Christmas-tree-Dalek-hybrid constructions.

The only real issue I have with this touring production is the frankly horrendous tickets prices and the resulting empty seats. Since the friend I went with and I are neither hardcore fans nor particularily prone to audience participation we chose the “cheapest” category (which still was 56 Euros) all the way in the back. And “all the way in the back” in this venue means row 45. Our block was booked quite well, but the 10 (TEN!) rows in front of us were completely empty, and even towards the front you could clearly see where the different price categories started by the empty seats. We had quite a bit of fun in our little section of what felt like Outer Siberia distance-wise, and we moved further down for the second half of the show just in order to see a little bit better, but it must be quite depressing for the actors on stage to see a half empty venue each night just because the powers that be thought it would be a good idea to charge an arm and a leg for a ticket.

But other than that it was a very entertaining evening.

The show is still in Vienna until the 14th December and then moves on to a few places in Germany.

Watch the trailer:

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