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January 28, 2015

25th Anniversary tour of RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham was a surprisingly enjoyable evening. What a crazy idea created and written by Bob Carlton. Take the famous 1950’s Sci Fi movie plot based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and create a script using dialogue from Shakespeare’s play texts, linking to excerpts from thirty rock’n’roll classics. Is this the original Juke Box Musical I wonder?

This production is staged like a rock concert inside the space craft, and is at its best when the cast perform as if we are at a rock concert. Mark Newnham is incredible on the electric guitar and Christine Holman has amazing vocals. I think what this production lacks is actors who can perform Shakespeare well. I am sure it was that contrast which made this little musical the surprise Olivier Award winner 25 years ago beating “Miss Saigon”.

This show is a Great night out.

Return to Fobidden Planet


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