THE 25th ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET
TUE 20 – SAT 24 JAN Eves 7.45pm
Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
What a performance! The show was absolutely fabulous. The actor/musicians had the audience on their feet singing along to old favourites. It was actually the older ones who stood up first to join in the dancing. Christine Holman as the Science Officer gave a particularly memorable performance, as did Mark Newman playing Cookie. Joseph Mann (Robot Ariel) is a gifted actor. Holding it all together was Steve Simmonds as Bosun Arras whose musical talents are first rate.
The show included some recorded footage of Queen star Brian May,but he didn’t put in an appearance so it is perhaps misleading to include him in the cast under the title of ‘Chorus’. The scary monster with his green tentacles invading the stage was a hoot!
All in all an excellent evening. Loud music with bright lights.
25 years after Captain Tempest and his crew first journeyed into hyperspace, and 14 years after the last UK tour, Olivier Award winning rock spectacular RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET is back and exploding onto stage in a major new 25th Anniversary production, playing at Theatre Royal Brighton from Tue 20 – Sat 24 Jan.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and packed with rock n’ roll classics including Great Balls of Fire, Good Vibrations, Heard It Through the Grapevine and Born To Be Wild, RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET is a musical of meteoric proportions that will be remembered for light years to come. With stunning special effects, a brilliant cast of actor-musicians, a mad scientist, a huge green-tentacled monster and a rock ’n’ roller-skating robot, your in-flight entertainment is guaranteed! So fasten your seatbelts, set your ray guns to stun and prepare for blast off!
The original design team return to recreate their award-winning original production, helmed by writer by Bob Carlton, who directed the West End production and now returns to direct this highly anticipated 25th Anniversary tour.
Bob Carlton said: “It was an incredible time when Return to the Forbidden Planet landed in West End, in what was a vintage year alongside shows such as Miss Saigon and Buddy. And it’s thanks to the audiences, who took it to their hearts and rocked out every night, that it became such a cult success. I can’t wait to bring it back 25 years later, to introduce it to a whole new generation and to reunite with original fans of the show. I’m thrilled to be able to return to the Forbidden Planet, along with the original design team, and get reacquainted with Captain Tempest and his crew once more!
RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET is directed by Bob Carlton and choreographed by Frederick ‘Frido’ Ruth, with musical direction by Greg Last. It is designed by Rodney Ford with lighting design by Mark Dymock and sound design by Rick Clark.
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