Preview: Return To the Forbidden Planet

Return To The Forbidden Planet. Pic: Comp
Return To The Forbidden Planet. Pic: Comp
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A QUARTER of a century after Captain Tempest and his crew first journeyed into hyperspace, and 14 years since the last UK tour, Olivier Award-winning rock spectacular Return to the Forbidden Planet lands at the Festival Theatre this week.

Return to the Forbidden Planet opened on London’s West End in 1989, running for more than 1500 performances and winning the 1990 Olivier Award for Best Musical.

For the all new 25th anniversary production, the original design team return to recreate their award-winning production, helmed by creator Bob Carton, who also directed the West End production.

Carton recalls, “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.”

Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and packed with rock n’ roll classics including Great Balls of Fire, This is a Man’s World, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, Who’s Sorry Now, Teenager in Love, Young Girl, Heard It Through the Grapevine, Johnny B. Goode and Born To Be Wild, Return to the Forbidden Planet boasts stunning special effects, a cast of actor-musicians, a mad scientist, a huge green-tentacled monster and a rock ’n’ roller-skating robot.

“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,” says Carton.

“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.”

The new production features Steve Simmonds as Bosun, Sean Needham as Captain Tempest, Christine Holman as Science Officer and Greg Last as Navigation Officer.

However there are a couple of familiar faces in the mix too, with cameos from local radio presenter Grant Stott, and Brian May, the founding member of Queen, who appears via video projection as the Newscaster.

Get ready for blast off, it’s time, to return to the Forbidden Planet once more time.

Return To the Forbidden Planet, Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, tonight-Saturday, 7.30pm, £17-£27.50, 0131-529 6000