What's the Difference between The Rocky Horror Show the Play and The Rocky Horror Picture Show the Movie?


The Rocky Horror Show

Released: 1973
Playwrite: Richard O'Brien

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Released: 1975
Director: Jim Sharman
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In the Play In the Movie
Dr. Frank N. Furter
Dr. Frank N. Furter
Portrayed by: Tim Curry
Brad Majors
Brad Majors
Portrayed by: Barry Bostwick
Janet Weiss
Janet Weiss
Portrayed by: Susan Sarandon
Portrayed by: Richard O'Brien
Portrayed by: Patricia Quinn
Portrayed by: Little Nell (Nell Campbell)
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Portrayed by: Jonathan Adams
Portrayed by: Meatloaf
Rocky Horror
Rocky Horror
Portrayed by: Peter Hinwood
The Criminologist
Portrayed by: Charles Gray
This Character does not appear.
The Transylvanians
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Play vs Movie
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In the Play In the Movie
   The character Magenta exists as a vampy presence in the house alongside her brother, Riff-Raff. Magenta was given more of a justification for her presence as a maid/domestic.
   Eddie enters by jumping out of the Coca-Cola vending machine in the laboratory where he has been frozen. Eddie enters via motorcycle from a walk-in deep freezer in the laboratory.
   The characters of Eddie and Dr. Scott are played by the same actor, reinforcing their nephew/uncle relationship. (Still traditionally done.) Eddie and Dr. Scott are played by different actors.
   Brad has a solo song, "Once in a While." Not included.
   Eddie's dismembered remains are taken out of the coke machine and put in the disposal by Magenta. There is no dinner scene. Parts of Eddie's remains are served and eaten at dinner while the rest of him is under the table.
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