Jason Donovan is set to return to Australia next year to star in a new production of The Rocky Horror Show.
The production, which kicks off at the Theatre Royal Sydney in February 2023, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the cult show.
Donovan will once again be donning the corset, fishnets and platform heels to play Frank N Furter, alongside Australian radio announcer and TV personality Myf Warhurst as The Narrator.
Joining them will be 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. Further cast will be announced soon.
Written and created by Richard O’Brien, the legendary Tim Curry originated the role of Frank N Furter – first at the Royal Court Upstairs in 1973 and then in the cult 1975 movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Jason originally played the role in the 25th anniversary production of the show, way back in 1998.
He recently told Australian journalist Edwina Bartholomew that: “You’ve really got to come out of yourself, quite extroverted in a way, and there’s a bit of naughtiness and cheekiness in this character. But what really drives me to this role is the music and the fantasy of the story – it appeals to that cheeky side in all of us, and, as an actor, that’s an interesting place to start, with a great character and some great songs.”
Jason in having a busy year. In June he performed at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert in London; and also returned to the set of Neighbours with Kylie Minogue for the Aussie soap’s finale.
He is currently starring on stage in Grease at the West End’s Dominion Theatre; and also touring in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.