Friday Night Fangrrlz: Anthony Stewart Head – RHS & BtVS

For those whose eyes were drawn less to the teens on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more to their mentor as played by Anthony Stewart Head. Head’s a veteran thesp, with a long background in musical theatre, and after having his first big role playing Jesus in Godspell he went on to play Frankenfurter in The Rocky Horror Show in the West End to huge acclaim.

I can’t find any footage of those performances, but luckily he’s still called upon to do the occasional revival, and a few of those have been filmed.

Here he is thrilling some fans at the 2004 Vulkon convention held in Oakland, California, with a rendition of “Sweet Transvestite”. Unfortunately he’s in civvies (but read on!).

And here he is in 2000, for VH1, doing a celebrity karaoke 25th anniversary celebration of the film, performing in costume: “Wise Up, Janet Weiss” (aka “Planet, Schmanet, Janet”). The same show featured Amber Benson (Buffy’s Tara) singing “Toucha-Touch Me”.

Tangential Discoveries
Rocky Horror Show VS Priscilla Queen of the Desert – not a big fan of the Drew Carey Show despite my deep affection for Ryan Stiles who plays his sidekick, but this clip is so much fun. Ryan is dressed as Riff Raff.

The irrepressible Graham Norton and Anthony in a skit on Graham’s show: Poofy the Vampire Slayer

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  1. A different side to ASH: he has a passion for rescuing horses and donkeys, and there is a stuffed donkey named Giles travelling around the world with sympathetic people (much like the legendary garden gnome, or Flat Stanley) to raise money for a charity that rescues maltreated and abandoned donkeys in Israel & Palestine:

    Giles, a cuddly knitted donkey, has begun a world-wide journey to raise much-need funds for Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land.
    Giles, who is named after Anthony’s character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, began his journey at the home of Anthony and Sarah. It is hoped that this will be the start of many adventures for the intrepid Giles, who even has his own blog to share photos and details of his travels.
    How far will Giles go? How much money will he raise? To find out, check the blog regularly, or sign up to Safe Haven’s online newsletter which is available on their website. If you are going on holiday somewhere special, email Wendy Ahl at SHADH to find out how to take Giles with you!

    Giles the donkey introduces himself here, on the blog of his travels.

  2. I saw Anthony Head in the Rocky Horror Show when I was 17 and he was absolutely awesome.

  3. Winter, I imagine you can hear my seething with envy all the way over the other side of the world.
    I liked reading one of the interviews with ASH about it, and how he approached the part, and particularly how he decided on his footwear:

    ”I’d seen countless Franks in very clumsy, stacked heels and platforms, and I wanted to be very mobile, so I had these 3 1/2 inch pointy black patent leather ankle boots. Because they supported my ankle I could leap around like an idiot. And I did.”

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