14 Dec 2011

Rocky Horror creator gets NZ citizenship

8:51 pm on 14 December 2011

The creator of The Rocky Horror Picture Show has received New Zealand citizenship at a ceremony in Hamilton on Wednesday evening.

Richard O'Brien, 69, was originally denied citizenship because of his age but the decision was reversed earlier this year after a public outcry.

Mr O'Brien was born in the United Kingdom but spent his early life in New Zealand before returning overseas in the 1960s.

He wrote the stage musical The Rocky Horror Show in 1973 and starred as the character Riff Raff.

A statue in his honour as Riff Raff was unveiled in Hamilton in 2004.