Return To The Forbidden Planet


'Return To The Forbidden Planet' is a musical which is based on the 1956 film 'Forbidden Planet', considered to be one of the greatest sci-fi films of the decade. In turn, the film is loosely based on 'The Tempest' by William Shakespeare.

The musical was first performed in the mid 1980's, but reworked into it's current form in 1989. The musical features a number of 1950's and 1960's rock and roll tracks, performed by a live band.

The show also features a narrator, called Dr Rockit, who appears via a videoscreen. For the original runs, this role was performed by Sir Patrick Moore.

The musical reopened in March 2006, touring various theatres in the UK, with the narrator played by Brian May, who filmed the parts at his home on 8 February 2006. It again toured between January and May 2015, to mark it's 25th anniversary, with Brian again appearing, presumably using the same original footage.