Fast becoming a cult show, Return to the Forbidden Planet returns to the Theatre Royal in October. It is an interesting amalgam of Shakespearean quotes, memorable songs '50's morality and absurd Sci-Fi nonsense. In the original, the newscaster was played by Patrick Moore. "Makes Star Wars look Metaphysical" said City Lights about the first production in Bubble Theatre's inflated tent on Blackheath. It has appeal to a wide audience but if, in the unlikely circumstance, you do get a bit fidgety, then you can play "spot the quote". Carlton doesn't just use The Tempest as his source material, Hamlet, You Like It, Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, The Sonnets and more. They are all in there, hidden only a little and we hope that they make as much sense to you as they do to us! If you are already a Shakespeare fan, then we hope that this production may whet your appetite for more. The language is not as difficult or as dull as many would have you believe. "This show's outrageous comic liberties are an antidote to seriosity" Daily Telegraph.
Alistair Conquer, Steve Parry, Sarah Dudley, Phil Smith/ Helen Davies