Rock ‘n’ rollerskating storm through space
SOME 25 years after Captain Tempest and his crew first journeyed into hyperspace, and 14 years after the last UK tour, Olivier Awardwinning rock spectacular Return to the Forbidden Planet is back and exploding onto stage in a major new 25th Anniversary production, playing at Wycombe Swan from Monday, February 16 to Saturday, February 21.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and packed with rock ‘n’ roll classics including Great Balls of Fire, This is a Man’s World, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, Who’s Sorry Now, Teenager in Love, Young Girl, Heard It Through the Grapevine, Johnny B. Goode and Born To Be Wild, Return to the Forbidden Planet is a musical of meteoric proportions.
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, audiences are in for a great show.
Founding member of Queen and a world-renowned guitarist Brian May will appear via video projection as the Newscaster.
Return to the Forbidden Planet opened at the West End’s Cambridge Theatre in September 1989, where it ran for more than 1,500 performances and won the 1990 Olivier Award for Best Musical.
The original design team return to recreate their award-winning original production, helmed by creator Bob Carton, who directed the West End production and now returns to direct this highly anticipated 25th Anniversary tour, his final production as artistic director of the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch.