Wednesday, 2 July 2014

25th Anniversary Tour of RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET to start in early 2015


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 25th Anniversary production, blasting off on tour from Brighton Theatre Royal on 20 January 2015 following a run at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch in November 2014. Tickets go on sale around the country from next Monday 7 July with further dates to be announced.  

Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and packed with rock n’ roll classics including Great Balls of FireGood VibrationsHeard It Through the Grapevine and Born To Be WildReturn 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!

“Deliriously addictive”
DAILY TELEGRAPH

“Irresistible”
THE TIMES

Return to the Forbidden Planet opened at the West End’s Cambridge Theatre in September 1989, where it ran for over 1500 performances and won the 1990 Olivier Award for Best Musical (sorry Miss Saigon, spaceships trump helicopters!).

The original design team return to recreate their award-winning original production, helmed by writer by Bob Carton, who directed the West End production and as artistic director of Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch now returns to direct this highly anticipated 25th Anniversary tour.

Bob Carlton said today: “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.

Casting is to be announced.

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THURSDAY 6 TO SATURDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2014
QUEEN’S THEATRE, HORNCHURCH
Box Office www.queens-theatre.co.uk|01708 443333
ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 20 – SATURDAY 24 JANUARY 2014
BRIGHTON THEATRE ROYAL
ON SALE MONDAY 7 JULY

MONDAY 26 – SATURDAY 31 JANUARY 2014
BIRMINGHAM ALEXANDRA THEATRE
ON SALE MONDAY 7 JULY

MONDAY 2 – SATURDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2014
DARTFORD ORCHARD THEATRE
Box Office www.orchardtheatre.co.uk|01322 220000
ON SALE TBC

MONDAY 9 – SATURDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2014
GLASGOW KING’S THEATRE
ON SALE MONDAY 7 JULY

MONDAY 16 – SATURDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2014
WYCOMBE SWAN THEATRE
Box Office www.wycombeswan.co.uk|01494 512000
ON SALE TBC

MONDAY 16 – SATURDAY 21 MARCH 2014
STOKE REGENT THEATRE
ON SALE MONDAY 7 JULY

MONDAY 30 MARCH – SATURDAY 4 APRIL 2014
OXFORD NEW THEATRE
ON SALE MONDAY 7 JULY

FURTHER DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
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