PREVIEW – The Rocky Horror Show, Sunderland Empire

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STOCKINGS and suspenders at the ready – The Rocky Horror Show is back.

Since its first appearance at the Royal Court Theatre in June 1973, The Rocky Horror Show has become the world’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll musical.

It has been performed worldwide for nearly 40 years in more than 20 countries and has been translated into more than 10 languages.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, a fresh new production is back for a year-long UK national adventure, stopping at the Sunderland Empire from February 18-23.

This musical extravaganza will feature all of its famous musical classics including Science Fiction/Double Feature, Dammit Janet and, of course, the timeless floor-filler, The Time-Warp.

The casting announcement for the 40th Anniversary tour will be made shortly.

The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank’n’Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house, on their way to visit a college professor.

It is an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits.

Directed by Christopher Luscombe, The Rocky Horror Show famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music and encourages audience participation meaning, of course, getting dressed in your most outrageous fancy dress.

It was made into a hit film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, in 1975.

Tickets, priced £10-£29.50, go on sale at 10am on Tuesday and are available by calling 0844 871 3022 and online at www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland.