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Forbidden Planet heads on stage

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 01, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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TWENTY-FIVE 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.

The major new 25th anniversary production will be playing at the Regent Theatre, in Stoke-on-Tent, from Monday, March 16 to Saturday, March 21 next year.

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.

The show features stunning special effects, a brilliant cast of actor-musicians, a mad scientist, a huge green-tentacled monster and a rock 'n' rollerskating robot.

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 writer Bob Carlton, 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.

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 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 will be announced shortly.

Tickets for Return to the Forbidden Planet are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 08448 717649.

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