Shock Treatment, Richard O'Brien's 1981 flop sequel to the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, will be adapted for the London stage this spring.
Directed by Benji Sperring and adapted for the stage by Tom Crowley, Shock Treatment, a dark satire of game shows and television, will begin previews April 17 and officially open April 21 at the King's Head Theatre, where it is scheduled to run through May 9, 2015.
The original movie musical, which O'Brien cowrote with Richard Hartley and Jim Sharman, has been reworked by O'Brien for its theatrical debut.
"Shock Treatment has been waiting patiently in the wings for a stage premiere since the film was released in 1981," says O'Brien in a statement. "Just as Rocky began life upstairs at the Royal Court, it seems a perfect fit for Shock Treatment to start its stage life in the effervescent atmosphere of the astounding King's Head Theatre next April."
"Brad and Janet, the perfect young everyday couple from cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show,are back, but this time they're not fighting transsexual aliens in a world of B-movies," read press notes about the production. "We join them as they are sucked into the world of TV media, where bleach-white teeth and immaculate makeup are the warpaint, the studio audience are the crowds baying for blood, and people will stop at literally nothing to get the ratings through the roof."
The film Shock Treatment, which recast Cliff de Young and Jessica Harper as Brad and Janet, also starred O'Brien, Charles Gray, Patricia Quinn, Little Nell, and Barry Humphries, who is best known for his flamboyant alter ego Dame Edna.