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Return To The Forbidden Planet – Blackpool Grand Theatre

Writer and Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Francesca Parker On it’s 25th Anniversary tour Return To The Forbidden Planet, directed by Queen’s Theatre Company, arrives at the Blackpool Grand Theatre for one week only. As a rock and roll musical set in the future with robots and spacecrafts, it is a performance that the whole family could enjoy. When Captain Tempest ...

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Return to the Forbidden Planet – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Bob Carlton Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Phil Lowe For the 25th Anniversary tour the, Olivier awarding winning Best Musical, Return to the Forbidden Planet lands solidly on Leicester's Curve theatre main stage this week and takes off to huge applause. This fun sci fi show is packed with musical numbers from the 1950s and 1960s with the instruments all ...

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Return To The Forbidden Planet – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer &Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Return To The Forbidden Planet, the anniversary tour arrives at Darlington this week. And what a celebration it is. Billed as Shakespeare’s ‘forgotten rock n roll masterpiece’, Return to the Forbidden Planet has roots with The Tempest. Futuristically set on a spaceship under the command of pipe smoking ...

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Return to the Forbidden Planet – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Bob Carlton Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys 25 years on and Bob Carlton's quite frankly bonkers idea to take Shakespeare's The Tempest,by way of 1956 sci-fi movie classic Forbidden Planet and turn it into a musical jam-packed with the greatest hits of the 50s and 60s, is still wowing audiences up and down the country. The success of ...

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Return to the Forbidden Planet – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Bob Carlton Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Selwyn Knight What a talented bunch the cast of Return to the Forbidden Planet are! With boundless energy, they dance, sing and play the instruments for this joyous, fast-moving production. Based loosely on the 1956 film, The Forbidden Planet, itself carrying echoes of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the show is an intoxicating mix of ...

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Return to the Forbidden Planet – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Bob Carlton Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Niall Harman Updating Shakespeare’s The Tempest to a futuristic setting, with the action taking place entirely on a vast spaceship, and interspersing it with rock ‘n’ roll classics from the fifties and sixties sounds like a bizarre recipe for theatrical disaster. Yet this 25th anniversary production of Bob Charlton’s 1989 musicalReturn to the ...

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Return To The Forbidden Planet – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Bob Carlton Director: Bob Carlton Musical Supervisor and Arranger: Julian Littman Musical Director: Greg Last Reviewer: Michael Gray   Artistic Director Bob Carlton is bowing out after 17 years at the Queen's Hornchurch. And what better swan song than his Olivier award-winning musical, making its umpteenth appearance here before launching a national tour and finally splashing down in Manchester ...

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Lend Me A Tenor – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Ken Ludwig Director: Matt Devitt Reviewer: Michael Gray Cut to the Chase are on cracking form in this riotously funny revival of Ken Ludwig's backstage farce. But as the stunning set by Mark Walters and the Queen's workshop reveals, we're not in the wings, or the green room, but a shamelessly tasteless suite – blue and pink, dripping with ...

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