Twiggy: You probably hate talking about Rocky Horror...But obviously it's such a huge part of what happened to you....
Twiggy: Did any of you know at the time you were doing it that it was going
to become this extraordinary cult, for ever and ever and ever.......?
Tim: Well I don't think anyone can predict a cult, when I read it I thought,
'if they get this right, it's going to be a great big hit.'
Twiggy: And it was an extraordinary piece and you were amazing, absolutely
Tim: People sort of forget that it started in this tiny theatre, the Theatre
Upstairs at the Royal Court, which only seated 60 people.
Twiggy: I wish I'd seen it there.
Tim: It was....it was pretty swell there, because it was in such a tiny space.
Twiggy: Do you think it was a bit before its time for Broadway?
Tim: Well, I think in some ways it was a bit AFTER it's time, I mean the Theatre
Of The Ridiculous was already a great big hit in New York.
Twiggy: This was after the film?
Tim: Yeah, '75 I guess we opened in New York. I remember I stayed at the
Twiggy: Lovely hotel.
Tim: They got me a suite at the Algonquin which I thought was terribly grand and I discovered just how grand it was when they closed the play and I couldn't pay the bill. (laughter) It was incredibly embarrassing...
(Twiggy talks about critics and reviews closing plays and how badly actors
are then treated.)
Tim: It's true, I actually saw somebody literally cross the street in order not
to have to talk to me, the next day.
Twiggy: You're joking?!
Tim: And I always remember that they had booked me on the Today Show, which is the sort of grandest morning show/breakfast show. We'd had this first night party, I was pretty bleary, and the reviews had not been kind and I was just sitting there having to talk to them about what a despicable failure the show was."
Twiggy: How horrible.
Tim: It was really weird.
Twiggy: But was it just that one guy,the Times reviewer...?
Tim: It was Clive Barnes at the time, The Times reviewer who had loved it in
London and loved it in LA and...it's...it...you know...
Twiggy: Wrong time, wrong place, as you said?
Tim: I guess...pretty soon we were just sort of playing to 200 bewildered
nurses, who had got free tickets...it was very...strange..."
Twiggy: I wonder what they made of your outfit?
Tim: Well I think they quite liked it actually. The Manager at the Algonquin was incredibly kind and I said, 'Look, you know they've closed the play, I can't pay the bill' and he said 'Well, you'll be back, pay me when you can' and actually I came back that summer with Travesties which was a huge hit and won like, five Tony's and I always remember going into the Algonquin and I had it all done in 5 dollar bills and I counted them out onto the table and he said 'I knew you'd be back.' It was so sweet..."
Tim Curry - Twiggy’s People - 1998