The Rocky Horror Show 50th Anniversary Tour breaks box office records in Melbourne

The-Rocky-Horror-Show-50th-Anniversary-Tour-photo-by-Daniel-BoudThe 50th Anniversary production of the iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll musical The Rocky Horror Show has broken records at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne where it has been enjoying sold-out performances with critical and audience acclaim, now becoming the highest-grossing show of all time to be staged at the iconic Melbourne venue.

The current Australian production is part of global celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of the legendary musical and in Melbourne has been starring Australian superstar Jason Donovan as Frank N Furter. The role for the final weeks in Melbourne is now being played by triple Olivier Award-winning David Bedella.

They are joined on stage by Myf Warhurst as The Narrator, Stellar Perry as Magenta, Ellis Dolan as Eddie/Dr Scott, Darcey Eagle as Columbia, Ethan Jones as Brad, Deirdre Khoo as Janet, Loredo Malcolm as Rocky and Henry Rollo as Riff Raff.

Starring alongside them on stage as The Phantoms is Josh Gates, Catty Hamilton, Daniel Erbacher and Erica Wild, Keane Fletcher and Kristina McNamara round out the cast as the Swings.

The creative team includes Director Christopher Luscombe, Set Designer Hugh Durrant, Costume Designer Sue Blane, Choreographer Nathan M Wright, Lighting Designer Nick Richings, Music Richard Hartley (original musical arrangements).

Written and created by Richard O’Brien, The Rocky Horror Show has become one of the world’s favourite musicals and is currently the only contemporary rock musical to celebrate 50 years on stage.

Since it first opened in London in 1973 at the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs, The Rocky Horror Show has been continuously on stage somewhere in the world and has paved its way into history as one of the Rock ‘n’ Roll classics of musical theatre.

The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank N Furter an extra-terrestrial mad scientist from the galaxy of Transylvania where people really like to party! It’s an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits.

The Rocky Horror Show is the boldest party bash of them all, ready to thrill fans and audiences alike with cheeky fun and nostalgia. Whether it’s your first time seeing the show or the twenty first time, or whether you dress up or not, The Rocky Horror Show delivers in its promise of a guaranteed party.

The Rocky Horror Show continues at the Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne until 30 July, before heading to the Crown Theatre Perth from 5 August, The Star Gold Coast from 2 September, and the Canberra Theatre Centre from 29 September 2023. For more information, visit: for details.

Images: The Cast of The Rocky Horror Show – photo by Daniel Boud