Story: Waikato places

‘Riff Raff’ (2nd of 3)

‘Riff Raff’

A statue of Riff Raff, a character from The Rocky horror show, stands on the site of the former Embassy Theatre. Richard O’Brien – the author of the cult musical, who also played Riff Raff in the film version (The Rocky horror picture show) – moved to Hamilton in 1957 and worked in a barber shop in the Embassy building. The late night, B-grade movies he saw at the theatre inspired the The Rocky horror show.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato places - Hamilton west of the river', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 11 Jun 2015