Neighbours is an Australian television soap opera. It was first broadcast on the Seven Network on 18 March 1985, it was created by TV executive Reg Watson, who proposed the idea of making a show that focused on realistic stories and portrayed adults and teenagers who talk and solve their problems together. Seven decided to commission the show following the success of Watson's shorter-lived soap Sons and Daughters, which aired on the network. Although successful in Melbourne, Neighbours underperformed in the Sydney market and struggled for months before Seven cancelled it; the show was bought by rival network Ten. After taking over production of the show, the new network had to build replica sets because Seven destroyed the originals to prevent its rival from obtaining them. Ten began screening Neighbours on 20 January 1986, beginning where the previous series left off and commencing with episode 171. Neighbours has since become the longest running drama series in Australian television and in 2005, it was inducted collectively into the Logie Hall of Fame.
The show's storylines concern the domestic and professional lives of the people who live and work in Erinsborough, a fictional suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. The series centres on the residents of Ramsay Street, a short cul-de-sac, its neighbouring area, the Lassiters complex, which includes a bar, cafe, police station, lawyers' office and park. Neighbours began with three families created by Watson -- the Robinsons and the Clarkes. Watson said; the Robinsons and the Ramsays were involved in an ongoing rivalry. Pin Oak Court, in Vermont South, is the real cul-de-sac that has doubled for Ramsay Street since 1985. All of the houses featured are real and the residents allow the production to shoot external scenes in their yards; the interior scenes are filmed at the Global Television studios in Forest Hill. Through its entire run in Australia, Neighbours has been screened as a twenty-two-minute episode each week night in an early-evening slot. Neighbours moved to Ten's digital channel, Eleven on 11 January 2011, it is broadcast each weeknight at 6:30 pm.
The show is produced by FremantleMedia Australia and has been sold to over sixty countries around the world, making it one of Australia's most successful media exports. Neighbours was first screened in the United Kingdom in October 1986 on BBC1 where it achieved huge popularity among British audiences in the late 1980s and 1990s. In 2008, it moved to the UK's Channel 5. From 2018, the show became the first Australian drama to air all year round after securing a new deal with Channel 5. Neighbours was created in the early-to-mid-1980s by Australian TV executive Reg Watson. Watson decided to create a soap opera after working on Crossroads and seeing how successful it and Coronation Street were in Britain, he had created such successful Australian made soap operas as The Young Doctors and Sons and Daughters. Watson proposed the idea of making a show that would focus on more realistic stories and portray teens and adults who talk to each other and solve their problems together. Watson, who worked for the Grundy production company, decided to make his show appeal to both Australia and Britain.
In 2005, Darren Devlyn and Caroline Frost from the Herald Sun reported that Watson took his idea to the Nine Network in 1982, but it was rejected. Former Network Nine chief executive Ian Johnson commented that it was one of the "biggest missed opportunities" in his twenty-four years at the network, he added "I remember it being discussed, but I'm not sure what went against it. It may have had something to do with the fact we'd picked up Sale of the Century with Tony Barber in 1980 and it was doing huge business, so we didn't have a pressing need for a five-night-a-week show." Watson took his idea to the Seven Network, who commissioned the show, following the success of his other Seven Network soap opera and Daughters. Several titles for the show were discussed, including People Like Us, One Way Street, No Through Road and Living Together until the network programmers voted on Neighbours; the first episode was broadcast on 18 March 1985 and reviews for the show were favourable. However, the Melbourne-produced programme underperformed in the Sydney market and after a meeting of the general managers, Seven decided to drop the show in October 1985.
Seven's Melbourne programme boss, Gary Fenton said Sydney chief Ted Thomas told the other general managers that Seven could not afford three dramas and argued that the Sydney-based A Country Practice and Sons and Daughters be retained. Neighbours was bought by Seven's rival Network Ten; the new network had to build replica sets when it took over production after Seven destroyed the original sets to prevent the rival network obtaining them. Ten began screening the series with episode 171 on 20 January 1986. In 1986, the series was bought by the BBC as part of their new daytime schedule in the United Kingdom. Neighbours made its debut on BBC1 on 27 October 1986 starting with the pilot episode, it soon gained a loyal audience and the show became popular with younger viewers, before long was watched by up to 16 million viewers - more than the entire population of Australia at the time. In 1988 Neighbours became the only television show to have its entire cast flown over to the UK to make an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen.
Neighbours has since become the longest running drama series in Australian television and the seventh longest running serial drama still on the air in the world. In 2005, Neighbours celebrated its 20th anniversary and over twenty former cast members r
Liljana "Lil" Bishop is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Neighbours, played by Marcella Russo. She made her first on-screen appearance on 9 October 2003. In May 2005, the character was written out and she departed on 25 October 2005 following a plane crash. In May 2005, it was announced that three of the show's actors had been written out in a "surprise shake-up" of the cast. Russo was one of the three actors written out in favour of new cast members, the other two were Kevin Harrington and Marisa Warrington. Russo left at the end of her contract. A few weeks it was announced that Lara Sacher would be departing as part of an "extremely dramatic storyline" in October of that year. Script producer, Luke Devenish said "All three Bishops will be leaving together... in one of our most startling storylines for the year. Lil and David have been at the forefront of stories this year – caught up in wicked Paul's web – and their departure ties into this; the door will be left open for their return, despite the spectacular circumstances."
Of Serbian descent, Liljana grew up under the dominant shadow of her mother Svetlanka and lived in Perth, Western Australia, surrounded by her family. However, her parents were less than pleased when she married Australian-born David Bishop aged only 19, but their marriage seemed to be a success and the two had a daughter named Serena; when David is offered a job in Erinsborough the whole family move. They stay with David's father Harold. David bankrupts the family when an old friend, Thomas Morgan swindles him out of all of the family's savings that were invested into a business venture. Liljana is forced to take a job working as a receptionist for Karl Kennedy. Serena begins dating Chris Cousens. Liljana slaps Chris and worse to come when she discovers he has been taking indecent photographs of Serena. Things go from bad to worse when Svetlanka arrives and during a heated argument she tells David, the only reason Liljana married him is because she was pregnant, it emerges Liljana had been pregnant and wanted David to be a father for the child as the baby's father, Ivan Petrovic had fled the scene.
Liljana been led to believe. Serena makes friends with Luka Dokich, Svetlanka's godson and they begin a relationship. Svetlanka is forced to reveal that Luka is Liljana's long-lost son, paid a doctor to tell her the baby had died. Liljana suffers from acute liver failure and needs part of a family member's liver to survive. Luka is undergoes surgery. Upon returning to good health, Svetlanka is promptly thrown out by Liljana while Luka returns to his adoptive parents after causing. Paul Robinson offers Liljana a job as manager of his charity the Helen Daniels Trust. David becomes obsessed with his work and Liljana begins an affair with Paul and she and David separate, devastating Serena; when Liljana finds out about Paul's plot to destroy Erinsborough, she returns to David. As part of the Lassiter's complex 20th Anniversary celebrations, the Bishops and several of their neighbours boarded, Paul's son Robert plants a bomb on the plane which explodes during the flight. David and Serena hug one another as the plane crashes into Bass Strait.
David's body is recovered, but Liljana and Serena's bodies are not. At Serena and Liljana's memorial service, Susan Kennedy reads a eulogy for her friend; the BBC said Liljana's most notable moment was "Revealing that she only got together with David because she was pregnant." Brian Courtis of The Age said that Liljana was one of the "desperates of Ramsay Street" that were straight talking. He added that "poor David doesn't just need a good lawyer" due to the manner that Liljana bemoans him
Bad Eggs is a 2003 Australian comedy movie and directed by Tony Martin. It stars Mick Molloy, Bob Franklin and Judith Lucy, with Alan Brough, Bill Hunter, Marshall Napier, Nicholas Bell, Steven Vidler, Shaun Micallef, Robyn Nevin, Brett Swain, Denis Moore and Pete Smith having supporting roles. Ben Kinnear and Mike Paddock are police officers working for the Zero Tolerance Unit, a special division of Victoria Police; when they accidentally shoot the corpse of a judge several times each, they are reprimanded but investigate his death, leading to several other accidents, for which they are relegated to uniform duty. Through Julie Bale, a former police officer and Kinnear's ex, they uncover a conspiracy involving the ZTU with bribery and corruption, they are joined by computer operator Northey, but have to escape with their lives to avoid death at the hands of the ZTU's commander, Ted Pratt and the network of corruption extending all the way to the Premier of Victoria. As befits a film written by Tony Martin, the humour in the movie was quite intelligent and sophisticated, though a lot of it came through one-liners and slapstick.
The film marked Martin's directorial debut. Much of the cast and crew, including Molloy, Hunter and Lucy, had all worked on a previous film Crackerjack; the film performed moderately well at the Australian box-office and was released in New Zealand and Germany. Molloy's talent as an actor was praised in some circles, as was the ARIA Award-nominated soundtrack by Dave Graney and Clare Moore. Mick Molloy- Detective Ben Kinnear Bob Franklin- Detective Mike Paddock Bill Hunter- ZTU Commander Ted Pratt Judith Lucy- Julie Bale Alan Brough- Northey Shaun Micallef- State Premier Lionel Cray Marshall Napier- Doug Gillespie Nicholas Bell- Detective Wicks Steven Vidler- Detective Pendlebury Robyn Nevin- Eleanor Poulgrain Brett Swain- Bartlett Denis Moore- Marcus Ridgeway Pete Smith- Darcy Gina Riley- TV Host Tony Martin- Quiz Show Host Gavin Clack A Magistrate named Poulgrain takes his own life in an exhaust fume-filled car but in his death-throes, he releases the hand-brake whereupon his car rolls down the road all the way into the middle of a busy shopping centre where a pair of over-zealous detectives empty their firearms into his corpse.
Disgraced, the two detectives, Ben Kinnear and his best mate Mike Paddock-both members of the much-hyped Zero Tolerance Unit, are demoted back to uniform duties. Things get worse when they pay a visit to the Magistrate's widow Eleanor and accidentally burn her house down. Things become more complicated when Julie Bale, a journalist and a former police-officer and onetime partner of Kinnear's, is arrested on a charge of blackmailing the Magistrate. Kinnear starts to smell a rat when he discovers that a computer disc was found in the dead man's car but was tampered with by persons unknown. Kinnear's boss Gillespie questions the two detectives in charge of the Poulgrain case, Wicks & Pendlebury as to what happened to the original disc. Without warning, Wicks shoots dead Gillespie and Pendlebury and deliberately wounds himself, re-arranging the crime scene to make it appear Pendlebury fired first. Kinnear and Paddock are both suspended from duty by newly returned ZTU chief Ted Pratt, but with the assistance of IT-operator Northey, they break into the police data-base unit and copy the original file.
But Pratt and Wicks confront them before they can leave the building and it turns out that the file has been altered, now implicating Kinnear in corrupt activities. Kinnear and Paddock narrowly escape an assassination attempt when the latter's house is blown up by explosives set by Wicks; the two detectives are captured by Wicks & his cronies and are confronted by Pratt, now revealed to be the ringleader of the ZTU corruption. It is now clear that Julie Bale is innocent, having been used as a convenient scapegoat because of her journalistic enquiries into the corruption allegations, it is revealed that Poulgrain was involved in the corruption ring but, having gotten cold feet, had threatened to go public so Pratt had blackmailed him into committing suicide. Rescued by Northey and Paddock pursue their last option, going to the Premier of Victoria Lionel Cray; however whilst waiting outside his office, Kinnear eavesdrops on a phone-call between Cray and Pratt, revealing that the Premier is up to his neck in corruption.
Having recorded the phone-call, they kidnap Cray and take him to a deserted road outside of Melbourne, offering to exchange him for Bale, abducted by Pratt. In a tense stand-off, Pratt's plan to kill Kinnear and Northey after getting the Premier back is foiled when, in a pre-arranged signal, Bale grabs a concealed gun attached to Cray and holds it to his head whilst Paddock aims an assault-rifle at Pratt & Wicks and their mini-van filled with armed officers. Pratt surrenders and he and his cronies, along with Premier Cray, are all arrested for corruption. Kinnear and Paddock are re-instated and promoted and the former's old romance with Bale is re-ignited; the film received mixed reviews. Amy Gough, writing in the Echo News, praised the film, stating Bad Eggs is a romp with enough plot and intrigue to keep you guessing if not laughing heartily, it has more pace and edge than Molloy's last film Crackerjack...as well as a great soundtrack. Scott Hamilton, for Pop-Planet liked the film, writing It is entertaining to watch Mick Molloy, Bob Franklin and Judith Lucy, who have a well-rehearsed rapport with each other, work off each other.
Clint Morris, writing on filmthreat.com in 2003, wrote that Martin...shows potential in his first stint as director. The script's reasonably tight, the characters well-defined and everything kept an enjoyable-enough pace.... There's a sligh
Shane Warne: The Musical
Shane Warne: The Musical is a musical comedy by Eddie Perfect based on the life of Australian cricketer Shane Warne. The Daily Telegraph described the musical as "a warts-and-all account of the spin bowler's controversy-laden career and roller-coaster personal life set to soul, opera, gospel music – and a bit of Bollywood." The musical consists of two acts: the first act covering Warne's aborted Australian rules football career, his marriage and his rise to success as a Test cricketer while the controversial issues that Warne was involved in. The musical finishes with a chorus "Everyone's a little bit like Shane"; the musical contains a series of songs about various incidents in Warne's life both on and off the cricket field, including: "The Tale Of Warne". AIS". After five years of solo cabaret shows, Perfect had wanted to write a full-scale musical. Seeking a subject, Perfect reflected that: "with every headline I read about Warnie, came the realisation that here was a simple yet complicated, positive yet flawed, honest but naive, philandering, freakishly talented and endlessly divisive man.
And that, I thought, is a great character."The Adelaide Cabaret Festival presented a work-in-progress showing on 17 June 2007 at the Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre. The 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival included a further showing at the Hi Fi Bar and Ballroom; the full Australian production, directed by Neil Armfield with choreography by Gideon Obarzanek and with Perfect in the title role, opened at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne on 10 December 2008. It toured to the Regal Theatre in Perth from 18 March 2009 and the Enmore Theatre in Sydney from 15 May 2009. A 2013 revision included a new beginning and ending, new scenes and a revised structure, four new songs and new characters including Liz Hurley, it played short seasons in June for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival at Her Majesty’s Theatre at Hamer Hall in Melbourne. This production, directed by Simon Phillips, had a cast that included Perfect, Lisa McCune, Shane Jacobson and Christie Whelan-Browne. A cast album was recorded during the season at Hamer Hall and released in 2014.
While suspicious of the project, Warne gave his approval after watching the show, saying "I think Eddie and his team have written the musical in a respectful and sympathetic way, that they have captured my fun, larrikin side."The musical has been able to draw an audience that would not attend musicals with Perfect saying "You see young blokes making their way to their seats carrying armfuls of beers for their mates, just like they do at the cricket. It's like Reformation theatre when people were buying oranges to throw at the actors – why shouldn’t they have fun."Reviews for the musical have been positive. Herald Sun: " is a wild, outrageous, by the end moving account of the champion spin bowler's life so far. Among the fun, there's genuine respect for enormous talent but it doesn't gloss over his personal failings." The Independent "The mid-field marriage of a likeable star, fake bowling, plenty of sporting puns, a moderate raunch factor had the crowds chuckling and clapping along. His life an appealingly debauched song and dance, playing with musical styles from nicely-harmonized gospel to gangsta rap."
Australian Stage: "The story is thin, the songs are wordy and the sound wasn’t great, so many of the lyrics were lost. Without wanting to cut down a tall poppy, there are holes in the script and score, but who cares!? The performances by the ensemble cast are brilliant, the packed audience loved it, the upfront this-is-what-I-am-and-who-gives-a-shit-what-you-think-about-me attitude is refreshing, the show will bring in thousands of audience-goers who love sport and Shane, but go to the theatre, so what more can a new Australian musical do?" Gideon Haigh, The Guardian: "Perfect's vision is an unimprovable mingling of satire and homage and deference, music and comedy." 2008 Green Room Awards Best New Australian Musical Male Artist in a Leading Role – Eddie Perfect Female Artist in a Featured Role – Rosemarie Harris Featured Ensemble Performance – The Ensemble 2009 Helpmann AwardsBest New Australian Work – Eddie Perfect Best Musical Best Choreography in a Musical – Gideon Obarzanek Best Male Actor in a Musical – Eddie Perfect 2009 Victorian Premier's Literary AwardPrize for Musical Theatre Script Shane Warne: The Musical - David Spicer Productions
Kerry Bishop is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Neighbours, played by Linda Hartley-Clark. She made her first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 1 February 1989. Kerry is David Bishop's sister. Kerry left home, she fell pregnant with their daughter, Sky. Following her arrival in Erinsborough, Kerry began a relationship with Joe Mangel and they married. Kerry fell pregnant again. However, while out protesting a duck hunt, Kerry was shot and she and her unborn child died. Kerry departed on 10 September 1990, but Hartley-Clark returned in 2004 and 2006 to record voice-overs, she made an appearance in 2005 as Kerry's look-alike Gabrielle Walker. Producers introduced the character of Kerry in 1989 to rescue Des Clarke from depression and become his second wife. However, when Kerry began to interact with Joe Mangel, they became popular with viewers who wanted them to get together and the producers agreed with their opinion. Kerry is the only daughter of Harold Bishop.
After arriving in Erinsborough, Kerry moved into Number 24 with Harold. However, their different personalities and views soon became a problem. Kerry had a daughter, out of wedlock and did not care for religion, which shocked Harold, a Christian; when her contract came up for renewal in mid-1990, Hartley-Clark realised that she was fed up of working long hours, so she decided to quit the role after twenty months. Of her reason to leave, she stated "Once you start to get out of bed and sit in the toilet at five in the morning wailing,'I don't want to go!' I think it's time to get out." Hartley-Clark filmed her final scenes as Kerry in July 1990. She stated that Kerry had been a "wonderful" character to portray and she felt she had had a rewarding experience during her time on Neighbours; the decision was taken to kill Kerry off and Hartley-Clark thought that the end was "certainly final." The actress believed it was the "only logical way" to write her character out, as Joe and Kerry would not have just ended their marriage.
She quipped, "If you're going to go, you might as well go with a bang! Producers had months to plan Kerry's death and Josephine Monroe, author of Neighbours: The First 10 Years, noted that they chose to make it as poignant as possible. On-screen, a newly wed Kerry became pregnant, she was accepted into the Mangel family by her stepson Toby, she was persuaded to return to her campaigning roots. On 10 September 1990, a pregnant Kerry went to protest against duck hunting with her friend Amber Martin. Kerry was hit by a stray bullet and both she and her unborn child died. Kerry became the second regular character to die in Neighbours, following Daphne Clarke's death in 1988. Hartley-Clark reprised her role as Kerry to voice letters to her on-screen daughter, Sky in 2004 and 2006. Hartley-Clark rejoined the cast in 2005 in the guest role of Kerry's look-alike Gabrielle Walker. Kerry is the youngest child of Mavis Bishop, she was a free spirit, in great contrast to her brother David who had inherited most of Harold's uptight qualities.
When Kerry decided to rebel against Harold's way of life, it caused a great deal of friction and Kerry left home to travel the world. Kerry fell pregnant by fellow hippy Eric and they had a daughter, Sky. Kerry wanted to settle down. Kerry is first seen in the coffee shop when Edith Chubb complains to Harold about her bringing her own food in. Harold soon recognises Kerry. Harold invites Kerry back to stay with him at Number 24 with him, his wife and her son Henry Ramsay. Kerry accepts; when Kerry meets Joe Mangel who lives across the road, there is an instant attraction as both are free spirits and have had to contend with stuffy parents. When it transpires Kerry has spent the night with Joe, Harold is appalled as he doesn't think Joe is suitable for Kerry and she decides to leave. Joe, at the last minute talks Kerry out of leaving and she repairs her relationship with Harold After a while and Joe become engaged and marry in an unorthodox ceremony in a butterfly house and adopt each other's children and Toby, respectively.
The following year, Tragedy strikes when a pregnant Kerry goes to protest against duck hunting in the marshes with her friend Amber Martin. Kerry is rushed to hospital. Joe and Harold are devastated when the doctor tells them Kerry and the baby have died due to the severe blood loss from the shooting. Sixteen years after Kerry's death, Sky gives birth to a baby girl and names her Kerry in honour of her mother. For her portrayal of Karry, Hartley-Clark won the 1989 Penguin Award for Best Actress in a Drama Serial. A writer for the BBC's Neighbours website stated that Kerry's most notable moment was "Marrying Joe Mangel in the butterfly enclosure at the zoo." Robin Oliver from The Sydney Morning Herald branded Kerry "the greenie martyr". A columnist for the Sunderland Echo named Kerry's death as one of Neighbours' memorable moments; the columnist said it was "One of the most unexpected deaths the show has had". Tim Teeman and James Jackson from The Times named Kerry's death as one of Neighbours' most memorable moments.
They said "As the ducks quack all around and Joe gathers her in his befleeced arms, Neighbours eco-hippy Kerry Bishop dies saving ze animals". A Herald Sun reporter called Kerry's death
The Rocky Horror Show
The Rocky Horror Show is a musical with music and book by Richard O'Brien. A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through to the early 1970s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist, Dr Frank-N-Furter, unveiling his new creation, a sort of Frankenstein-style monster in the form of an artificially made grown, physically perfect muscle man named Rocky Horror, complete "with blond hair and a tan"; the show was directed by Jim Sharman. The original London production of the musical premiered at the Royal Court Theatre on 19 June 1973, it moved to several other locations in London and closed on 13 September 1980. The show ran for a total of 2,960 performances and won the 1973 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical, its 1974 debut in the US in Los Angeles had a successful nine-month run, but its 1975 Broadway debut at the Belasco Theatre lasted only three previews and forty-five showings, despite earning one Tony nomination and three Drama Desk nominations.
Various international productions have since spanned across six continents as well as West End and Broadway revivals and eight UK tours. Actor Tim Curry, who originated the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the original London production, became associated with the musical; the musical was adapted into the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, starring O'Brien as Riff Raff, with Curry reprising his role. In 2016, it was adapted into the television film The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again; the musical was ranked eighth in a BBC Radio 2 listener poll of the "Nation's Number One Essential Musicals". As an out-of-work actor in London in the early 1970s, Richard O'Brien wrote The Rocky Horror Show to keep himself busy on winter evenings. Since his youth, he had developed a passion for science fiction and B horror movies. A major theme running throughout the musical is transvestism, which according to O'Brien was not meant to be as prominent as it ended up being, he conceived and wrote the play set against the backdrop of the glam era that had manifested itself throughout British popular culture in the early 1970s.
O'Brien took a small amount of his unfinished Rocky Horror to Australian director Jim Sharman, who decided he wanted to direct it at the small experimental space Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, used as a project space for new work. Sharman had received considerable local acclaim as the director of the original Australian productions of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar, he went to London to direct the first British stage production of Superstar, during which he met O'Brien, who had played King Herod for just one performance. Sharman brought fellow Australians Nell Campbell and long-time scenic designer partner Brian Thomson into the production. Star Tim Curry recalled his first encounter with the script: I'd heard about the play because I lived on Paddington Street, off Baker Street, there was an old gym a few doors away. I saw Richard O'Brien in the street, he said he'd just been to the gym to see if he could find a muscleman who could sing. I said, "Why do you need him to sing?"
And he told me that his musical was going to be done, I should talk to Jim Sharman. He gave me the script, I thought, "Boy, if this works, it's going to be a smash." The original creative team was rounded out by costume designer Sue Blane and musical director Richard Hartley, although Pete Moss would take over as musical director. Michael White was brought in to produce Rocky Horror; as the musical went into rehearsal, the working title for it became They Came from Denton High, but it was changed just before previews at the suggestion of Sharman to The Rocky Horror Show. After two previews, the show premiered—without an interval—at the Royal Court's 63-seat Theatre Upstairs on 19 June 1973, ran until 20 July 1973; the cast included Tim Curry, who had decided that Dr Frank N. Furter shouldn't just be a queen, he should speak like the Queen of England, extravagantly posh, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Julie Covington, O'Brien, who made the production, all-out camp, a creative triumph and a critical and commercial success.
Record producer Jonathan King saw it on the second night and signed the cast to make the original cast recording over a long weekend, rushed out on his UK Records label. King was involved in the initial promotion for the show, as well as being the minority backer of it financially with White having a majority share; the impact at the Royal Court Upstairs allowed the production be transferred to the 230-seat Chelsea Classic Cinema nearby on Kings Road from 14 August 1973 to 20 October 1973. Rocky Horror found a quasi-permanent home at the 500-seat King's Road Theatre—another cinema house further down Kings Road—from 3 November 1973; the show won the 1973 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical. When Richard O'Brien played Riff Raff in the original Broadway production of Rocky Horror in 1974 Robert Longden took over the role in London; the show's run at the King's Road Theatre ended on 31 March 1979. At the new venue, Rocky Horror