Rock ‘n’ roller­skat­ing storm through space

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - LIFE & LEISURE -

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.

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