I've such fond memories of seeing the original film at the old Baker Street Classic Cinema on so many late Friday and Saturday screenings in the 80s I wouldn't go near a remake for £M. It always played on a double bill (remember them if your over 25!) wherever it was screened across the UK with 'Young Frankenstein' Making it the 'original' Science Fiction Double Feature!
"Murder is a very British thing, isn't it? I mean, it's almost like a hobby over there.""Why do you insist you must hear the words? When you know I cannot give you words. Not the ones you need..."
The productions that have been seen in the UK and the West End in the last 15-20 years have been as far from the original London as is possible. I saw the original production in its final months in 1980 at The Comedy theatre and it is was a whole different set up than it is know as today. The original had no audience participation and was played 'straight'. Audience participppppatiiiion only started with the release of the movie and grew from there. The latest productions that appeared from around 1990 are staged fully with audience participation in mind. The first national tour from the Theatre Royal Henley was staged for participation but only grew after a few weeks touring and by the time that tour closed in the mid /late 1980s it was a record breaking monster but always stayed true to the original. The latest ones have always had elaborate sets etc which isn't the real 'Rocky'- it was original performed in front of an old cinema screen. Richard O'Brien has often mumbled his dislikee of the latest shows despite himself appearing in a few seasons!
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