Singing superstar Jason Donovan will be starring in The Rocky Horror Show when it comes to Newcastle next year.

Richard O’Brien’s legendary musical will be at the Theatre Royal as part of a UK tour with the former Neighbours star reprising his role as Frank ‘n' Furter for the first time in over 25 years.

Since it first opened in London in June 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, the show has become the world’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll musical, having been performed worldwide over 45 years in more than 30 countries and translated into 20 languages.

Donovan said: "I am thrilled to dive into the exhilarating role of Frank 'n' Furter with a fantastic new cast and Timewarp with audiences throughout the UK.

"We promise to deliver the freshest Rocky ever, that audiences will not forget. So, buckle up, as the show promises to be a wild and wicked ride."

The singer will be donning his fishnets for UK audiences after a sell-out season at the Theatre Royal, Sydney for which he received rave reviews.

Most recently onstage at Newcastle Theatre Royal in 2022 when playing the Pharoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Donovan made his West End debut in 1991 playing Joseph in the London revival and had a hugely successful stage career with credits including Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Grease The Musical.

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His debut album went platinum in Australia and was the biggest selling album in the UK in 1989. Since then, he has sold over 13 million albums worldwide and continues to tour with his live show.

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Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the smash hit show features all of the famous musical numbers which have made The Rocky Horror Show such a huge hit for over four decades, including “Sweet Transvestite”, “Science Fiction/Double Feature”, “Dammit Janet” and, of course, the timeless floor-filler, “The Time-Warp” .

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 their favourite college professor.

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

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The Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music while encouraging audience participation - meaning, of course, getting dressed-up in the most outrageous fancy dress.

The Rocky Horror Show plays Newcastle Theatre Royal from Monday  January 27 to Saturday February 1 2025.

Tickets can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.