The Rocky Horror Show was born out of creator Richard O’Brien’s love of the science fiction and B horror films of his youth. He set out to combine the unintentionally humorous elements of both genres with aspects of shlock-horror films, muscle flicks, and fifties rock and roll music; thus, like Dr. Frank ’N’ Furter’s monster, The Rocky Horror Show was born.
O’Brien began writing the musical in the early 1970s. At the time, he was living in London and struggling in his acting career. He presented his script to director Jim Sharman, with whom he had previously worked with on a production of