This play combines the 1956 science fiction B movie reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest with a live rock and roll soundtrack. It’s a surreal blending of Shakespeare and Star Trek, as this musical tells the ‘story’ of Captain Tempest and his crew on a journey through space. Met by strange Dr. Prospero, the voyage quickly takes a turn for the worst.
The show doesn’t just air chart busters and the song selection is a mixed bag. There are some definite crowd pleasers, among them: “The Young Ones”, “Great Balls of Fire” and “Good Vibrations”. They are certainly classics but have undergone slight adaptations to this musical, be it a change of words or choosing to speak,sing some.
The musical talent of the cast is wonderful, each member is a multi instrumentalist in their own right. The constant swapping and throwing of mics is annoying in my opinion. The old school sound track will have something for every one.
Return To The Forbidden Planet is one of those shows that would probably please more people if it had a celebrity cast member. This farce is a cross between Rocky Horror, The Mighty Boosh and any 1950’s B movie you can think of and is an undemanding slice of rock ‘n’ roll fun.
If it’s wall to wall hits and an evening of pure escapism you’re after then you need look no further than Return to the Forbidden Planet. Jokey, joyous, irreverent, infectious, its ability to get an audience on its feet remains undiminished after all these years and the first night audience at the Regent were no exception.
Tickets for Return to The Forbidden Planet are on sale now and can be purchased at the Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or by visiting www.atgtickets.com/stoke