Actor & Producer Christopher Malcolm Passes Away at 67
According to published reports, stage and screen star Christopher Malcolm, who first achieved fame for his role as Brad Majors in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show, passed away on February 15 from cancer. He was 67 years old.
Throughout the 1970s he worked continuously in theatre and film, appearing in many Royal Court productions including the award winning and ground breaking musical The Rocky Horror Show creating the role of Brad Majors. He appeared in films like Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Reds, Ragtime, Labyrinth and Highlander.
In 1978 Malcolm began his producing career with the musical Pal Joey, which successfully transferred to the West End in 1980 and was nominated for best Musical Revival in the Laurence Olivier Awards. He followed this success with the Best Comedy award in 1981 for Nell Dunn's hit comedy Steaming, which went on to play 2 years at the Comedy Theatre and enjoy productions around the world. Other productions in London include Frankie and Johnny starring Julie Walters, as well as When I Was A Young Girl I Used To Scream And Shout and five Steven Berkoff plays including Decadence, Greek and Metamorphosis. Metamorphosis starred Tim Roth, and was also filmed for the BBC.
In 1990 Malcolm co-produced a new production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Piccadilly Theatre, in partnership with Howard Panter of the Ambassador Theatre Group. This Olivier nominated production went on to huge success throughout the UK, enjoying 4 nationwide tours over the next 10 years as well as many productions throughout the world. Christopher oversaw these productions on behalf of The Rocky Horror Company Ltd. a company formed by the producers and the play's author Richard O'Brien to look after this much loved musical. The show finally reached Broadway in 2000 in a Tony Award nominated production co-produced with Jordan Roth Productions at the Circle in the Square Theatre.
Other British productions throughout this time include The Pajama Game, Footloose the Musical, A Slip of the Tongue starring John Malkovich at the Shaftesbury Theatre and the award winning Single Spies written by Alan Bennett which had a very successful year at the Queen's Theatre. Recently Malcolm co-produced the world premiere of Flashdance The Musical which premiered at the Plymouth Theatre Royal in 2008 toured the UK and presented at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2010.