The first production of The Rocky Horror Show was at the 63-seat Royal Court Theatre, in the Theater Upstairs. It opened on June 19, 1973 (after previews on June 17 and 18) and ran there until July 20, 1973. The original production won the 1973 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical, and moved first to the Chelsea Classic Cinema (August 14, 1973 - October 20, 1973) and then to the King's Road Theatre (November 3, 1973 - March 31, 1979). Record producer and owner of UK Records, Jonathan King, saw the production on its second night, and hastily signed the cast to record the Original London Cast Soundtrack Album, which was reportedly recorded over one weekend.
Original London Cast
Tim Curry - Dr. Frank N Furter
Julie Covington - Janet Weiss
Belinda Sinclair - Janet Weiss (Sinclair was the second Janet, but appears on the soundtrack LP)
Christopher Malcolm - Brad Majors
Richard O'Brien - Riff Raff
Patricia Quinn - Magenta/Usherette
Nell Campbell (as Little Nell) - Columbia
Rayner Bourton - Rocky Horror
Paddy O'Hagan - Eddie/Dr. Scott
Jonathan Adams - The Narrator
- Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical (1973)
Musical Numbers from The Theatre Upstairs at The Royal Court Theatre
"Science Fiction, Double Feature"
"Over At The Frankenstein Place"
"The Time Warp"
"The Sword Of Damocles"
"Whatever Happened To Saturday Night"
"Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me"
"Once In A While"
"Planet, Schmanet, Janet"
"Rose Tint My World / Don't Dream It, Be It / Wild And Untamed Thing"
"I'm Going Home"
"Science Fiction, Double Feature (Reprise)"
- The following songs were added after the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs production:
"Charles Atlas Song", "Charles Atlas Song (Reprise)" and "Eddie's Teddy"
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW: Original London Cast (1973) At Cosmo's Factory