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Oliver Thornton dons high heels for Rocky Horror Show interview

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

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TURNING up to meet the director of the Rocky Horror Show in a pair of heels, may have been what clinched actress Oliver Thornton the job as Frank 'n' Furter in the latest tour of hit musical.

"I went along in heels as I thought I might as well embrace the part from the off," said Oliver.

"Frank is such a larger-than-life character who is bold and dynamic and I wanted to really go for it."

It did the trick, as Oliver is now on the road playing the madcap transvestite in the 40th anniversary tour of the show with X Factor star Rhydian Roberts and Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett.

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The loud and proud musical stops off at the Princess Theatre, Torquay, from January 7 to 13.

Since its first appearance at the Royal Court Theatre in June 1973, Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show has become a firm favourite for theatre goers..

It has been performed worldwide for almost 40 years in more than 30 countries in every continent and has been translated into more than 20 languages.

Oliver, who has had a glittering career in the West End appearing in the roles of Adam and Felicia in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, is looking forward to getting out on the road and playing the eccentric character, who has in the past been portrayed by Tim Curry, Jason Donovan and Anthony Head.

"It's completely terrifying as it's massive shoes to fill, but I'm also excited as we've got such a great cast," said Oliver.

"I need to stop worrying about it and give it my best. I know the audience get involved and heckle the cast, it's quite daunting but I think that's half the fun of being in this musical.

"It's a chance for friends to come and have a crazy time and it's the chance to get rid of any misconceptions about theatre being stuffy.

"I guarantee people will come and have a good time as it's the ultimate theatrical experience."

It's the first time Oliver has been on tour since he appeared as the leading role of Rusty in Starlight Express. The show stopped off in the Bay in 2006.

"I really want to get out there and tour," he said.

"This time I'll be taking my sausage dog Beatrice with me. I'm looking forward to being on the coast and coming to Torquay again."

After Starlight Express, he appeared in Rent Remixed and also spent three years in Priscilla and won the What's On Stage Award his efforts.

"I didn't ever consider I'd be up for the award, let alone how I'd feel about actually winning it," said Oliver.

"I was overwhelmed when I won the accolade, I was blubbing. Us actors are an insecure bunch. It's nice to feel that I'm doing a good job.

"It was an amazing experience being involved in Priscilla. Jason Donovan and I opened it and I really loved it and I was dedicated to the show.

"At the end of each night it was great everyone was up cheering and clapping."

The 33 year old, who trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, is as passionate about theatre as when he started and feels blessed have done well treading the boards.

"I really feel I've been very lucky to come out of college and play some of my dream roles as I was in Les Miserables, Phantom and Starlight early in my career.

"I feel like I've ticked a lot of my boxes already. It's wonderful I've already played some iconic roles."

Away from the theatre world, he started his own lifestyle blog, which is a great success.

"It started when I was in Priscilla as I wanted to people to see me for me and not the character I play," he said.

"I've always had a passion for vintage clothes, interior and design and it's been massively successful and I'm looking to extend it and sell vintage goods."

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