When Rocky Horror Show creator Richard O'Brien takes to the stage in Auckland to perform as the Narrator later tonight he will have rehearsed for the show precisely once.
"I haven't even done a complete run-through with these guys yet," he admitted after a media preview of the show at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.
But O'Brien is unfazed at the prospect of forgetting his lines.
"If it does go wrong, I can say 'who wrote this crap?'
"It's almost foolproof," he says of the show's premise.
"I have seen this show when it has been acted and directed and produced by second division, and I've sat there and thought 'oh this is dreadful' and you get to end and somehow you forget, somehow it saves itself.
"Regardless of how second-rate it might have been to that point.
He's quick to point out though that the latest incarnation of the show which begins touring Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch from tonight is a 'first class' production of the cult stage show.
"It's in good, safe hands." O'Brien says
The show stars Kristian Lavercombe as Riff-Raff, Lucy Maunder as Janet and Alex Rathgeber as Brad.
The musical production will play for three weeks at the Civic Theatre before moving on to the St James Theatre in Wellington and the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch.