Full Length Musical
Adventure, Science Fiction
Settings Of Play - Scientific Survey Flight 9
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Olivier, From West End
Winner! Olivier Award for Best Musical
Inspired by Shakepeare's The Tempest, this juke box musical is packed with rock 'n' roll classics such as Heard it Through the Grapevine, Young Girl, Good Vibrations, and Gloria.
Blast off on a routine flight and crash into the planet D'Illyria where a sci fi version of The Tempest set to rock and roll golden oldies unfolds with glee. The planet is inhabited by a sinister scientist, Dr. Prospero; his delightful daughter Miranda; Ariel, a faithful robot on roller skates; and an uncontrollable monster, the product of Prospero's Id, whose tentacles penetrate the space craft.
"A MASTERPIECE.... Take one plot (Shakespeare's The Tempest), one B movie (Forbidden Planet) and for added flavor plunder the entire Shakespearean cannon for dialogue (the more pungent the plagiarism, the more piquant the final effect).... YOUR FAVORITE BLASTS FROM THE PAST... ring out of the story with such unadulterated audacity that the cue lines themselves beg for mercy." - What's On
"The BEST ROCK AND ROLL SHOW in town.... You just have to laugh at the death defying puns ... and the way the songs are worked into the plot with perfect logic." - Daily Express
"Prepare to dance in the aisles." - Time Out
"Tacky, camp, irreverent and-- frankly enjoyable..... A cult hit." - Daily Mail
"An outbreak of fun and joy.... It is irresistible." - Jewish Chronicle
RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET started life with the Bubble Theatre Company as an open-air performance in a tent. A revised in-door production appeared at The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and the Tricycle Theatre in London. RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET final version opened at the Cambridge Theatre in London's WEST END on September 11, 1989. It won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical for both 1989 and 1990.