Stunning special effects and a rock ’n’ roller-skating robot

Return of The Forbidden Planet
Return of The Forbidden Planet

Some 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.

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 should 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, audiences’ in-flight entertainment is guaranteed!

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 tour.

Bob Carlton said: “It was an incredible time when Return to the Forbidden Planet landed in the 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.

Performances are at 7.45pm with matinee shows on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

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