Its the 25th anniversary tour of Shakespeare’s only rock ‘n’ roll musical.
For Those that did not strap themselves into their seat-belts on the
UPC Albatross last time around – this is a chance to take to the stars – we urge you not to miss this one!
For Those Who are about to Undertake a maiden voyage on the Albatross we need to go through some pre-flight safety preliminaries:
- The dialogue is Shakespearean. Yes you will need to pay attention
- The story is loosely based on the Tempest
- Moreover, the basis is also the 1956 film Forbidden Planet with Leslie Nielsen
- The actors play all the instruments, they fly the ship and they move the story-line along
- This is a jukebox musical so be warned (if you do not like this sort of thing)- but if you’re curious, let me add that this musical is like nothing else you have seen before!
The music is soulful rock ‘n’ roll – numbers like “Heard It Through the Grapevine”, “Young Girl”, “Good Vibrations” and GLORIA. You’ll be singing along – and the songs will stay sentinmentally locked secure in your cerebellum for days afterwards.
The cast are magnificent – so much energy and talent! And there are a lot of surprises (we will not spoil the show) – so you will feel entertained through the show and even before and after the curtain!
Slightly disappointing on this tour:
- Seasoned voyagers might be disappointed with Ariel on this production. When we saw him he was not even remotely ‘electrical’
- The actor playing the part didn’t roll about. Was this due to Health and Safety restrictions? Or it was it because he was an under-study?
- The monster (no other spoiler here) is not as aggressive this time around. Just saying!
- The George Goehring, Sylvia Dee song “Robot Man”
- Cookie’s guitar solo in particular “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
- The juggling microphone – there is only one mike to ‘go around’ so there are many comic moments, while the actors do their best to ‘get back the microphone.’
The Return to the Forbidden Planet is On at New Wimbledon Theatre 23-28 March
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