The producers of the Rocky Horror Show have confirmed that understudy Adam Rennie will replace embattled actor Craig McLachlan during the Brisbane leg of the musical starting next week.
Earlier this week McLachlan left the current season of the cult classic musical after multiple women levelled accusations of sexual misconduct against him, all of which the actor has strongly denied.
The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) said in a statement on Wednesday evening they had been “advised this afternoon by the producers of The Rocky Horror Show that Adam Rennie will perform the role of Frank N Furter for the event’s forthcoming Brisbane season.
“Ticket purchasers have been contacted this afternoon via their nominated email address.”
Rennie would also perform the iconic role during the musical’s Perth leg at the Crown Theatre from February 17, the show’s producers confirmed.
The allegations against McLachlan were first published by the ABC and Fairfax Media during Rocky Horror‘s Adelaide run, with Rennie taking over the role in that city’s remaining performances, which conclude on Saturday.
In their review, the Adelaide Advertiser described Rennie’s performance as “a triumph” and reported that a loudspeaker announcement of Rennie taking over the role “was met with a huge cheer” from the audience.
The Rocky Horror Show is set to open at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre on January 17.
📣QPAC has been advised this afternoon by the Producers of The Rocky Horror Show that @adamrennie will perform the role of Frank N Furter for the event’s forthcoming Brisbane season. Ticket purchasers have been contacted this afternoon via their nominated email address.
— QPAC (@QPAC) January 10, 2018
After his triumphant debut as Frank N Furter last night, we are thrilled to confirm that @AdamRennie will continue in the lead role for #RockyHorrorAU's Brisbane season at @QPAC & Perth season at @CrownPerth 💋👠 pic.twitter.com/840Vcvixp3
— RockyHorrorAU (@rockyhorrorau) January 10, 2018