Return to the Forbidden Planet
by Bob Carlton
Full Length Musical / 7m, 4f
Shakespeare's forgotten rock and roll masterpiece!
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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.
- Winner! Olivier Award for Best Musical
"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
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- Time Period: Not Applicable
- Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Scientific Survey Flight 9
- Additional Features: Special Effects
- Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes
- Musical Style: Pop/Rock
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
DOCTOR PROSPERO - A mad scientist marooned for 15 years of the planet D'Illyria
ARIEL - Prospero's robot
MIRANDA - Prospero's daughter.Hopeless romantic who falls for Captain Tempest.
CAPTAIN TEMPEST - A Starship Captain. Super hero type, square-jawed.
SCIENCE OFFICER - A woman with a mysterious past: She's GLORIA-Prospero's wife
NEWSCASTER - Narrator
NAVIGATIONAL OFFICER - Prone to panic during inter-galatoc emergencies.
COOKIE - The ship's cook. Hopeless romantic and falls for Miranda.
OMNES - Spaceship Crew Member
BOSUN - Spaceship Crew Member
- Room for Extras
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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 in its 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.