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Casting announced for RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET THE 25th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Brian MayJohn Dalston and Richard Darbourne Ltd present the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch production of RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET THE 25th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

FULL DATES AND CASTING ANNOUNCED WITH BRIAN MAY TO APPEAR AS NEWSCASTER

Full casting and tour dates are announced today for the Olivier Award-winning rock spectacular Return to the Forbidden Planet, which is back and exploding onto stage in a major 25th Anniversary production, launching from Brighton Theatre Royal on 20 January 2015 (press night Wednesday 21 January, 7.30pm).

The tour is now extended to May 2015 to include new dates in Darlington, Edinburgh, Wimbledon, Leicester, Portsmouth, Cardiff, Blackpool and Manchester (Full tour schedule attached).

Founding member of Queen and a world-renowned guitarist Dr Brian May will appear via video projection as the Newscaster/Chorus. Over four decades, Queen amassed a staggering list of awards and to this day remain the most successful albums act in UK chart history. Brian penned 22 Queen top 20 hit singles including We Will Rock You, namesake to the Queen/Ben Elton hit musical which enjoyed an unprecedented 12 year run at London’s Dominion Theatre. More recently, Brian has enjoyed writing and touring with Kerry Ellis, as well as returning to Queen in 2012 with guest vocalist Adam Lambert. A highly anticipated 2014 North American tour followed with further dates announced to encompass 21 European cities in 2015.

Return to the Forbidden Planet
Return to the Forbidden Planet (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, 2012)

The cast features Steve Simmonds as Bosun, Sean Needham as Captain Tempest, Christine Holman as Science Officer, Greg Last, as Navigation Officer, Mark Newnham as Cookie, Jonathan Markwood as Prospero, Frido Ruth as Ariel, Sarah Scowen as Miranda, Georgina Field as Anne Droid, Callum Hughes as Phil McCavity, Joseph Mann as Ewan Watami and Hannah Howcroft as Young Miranda.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and packed with rock n’ roll classics including Great Balls of Fire, This is a Man’s World, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, Who’s Sorry Now, Teenager in Love, Young Girl, Heard It Through the Grapevine, Johnny B. Goode and Born To Be Wild, Return to the Forbidden Planet is a musical of meteoric proportions that will be remembered for light years to come. With stunning special effects, a brilliant cast of actor-musicians, a mad scientist, a huge green-tentacled monster and a rock ’n’ roller-skating robot, your in-flight entertainment is guaranteed! So fasten your seatbelts, set your ray guns to stun and prepare for blast off!

TOUR SCHEDULE
THURSDAY 6 TO SATURDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2014
QUEEN’S THEATRE, HORNCHURCH
Box Office www.queens-theatre.co.uk|01708 443333
ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 20 – SATURDAY 24 JANUARY 2015
BRIGHTON THEATRE ROYAL
National Press Night: Wednesday 21 January, 7.30pm
Box Office www.atgtickets.com/brighton |0844 871 7650
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 26 – SATURDAY 31 JANUARY 2015
BIRMINGHAM ALEXANDRA THEATRE
Box Office www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/alexandra-theatre-birmingham/|0844 871 3011
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 2 – SATURDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2015
DARTFORD ORCHARD THEATRE
Box Office www.orchardtheatre.co.uk|01322 220000
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 9 – SATURDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2015
GLASGOW KING’S THEATRE
Box Office www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/kings-theatre-glasgow/|0844 871 7627
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 16 – SATURDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2015
WYCOMBE SWAN THEATRE
Box Office www.wycombeswan.co.uk|01494 512000
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 2 – SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2015
DARLINGTON CIVIC THEATRE
Box Office www.darlingtoncivic.co.uk | 01325 486555
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 9 – SATURDAY 14 MARCH 2015
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE
Box Office www.edtheatres.com | 0131 529 6000
ON SALE MONDAY 3 NOVEMBER

MONDAY 16 – SATURDAY 21 MARCH 2015
REGENT THEATRE, STOKE
Box Office www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/regent-theatre-stoke/|0844 871 7627
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 23 – SATURDAY 28 MARCH 2015
NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE
Box Office www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/new-wimbledon-theatre/ | 0844 871 7646
ON SALE MONDAY 10 NOVEMBER

MONDAY 30 MARCH – SATURDAY 4 APRIL 2015
OXFORD NEW THEATRE
Box Office www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/new-theatre-oxford/ |01865 320760
ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 7 – SATURDAY 11 APRIL 2015
CURVE THEATRE, LEICESTER
Box Office www.curveonline.co.uk | 0116 242 3595
ON SALE SOON

MONDAY 13 – SATURDAY 18 APRIL 2015
KINGS THEATRE PORTSMOUTH
Box Office www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk | 023 9282 8282
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 20 – SATURDAY 25 APRIL 2015
CARDIFF NEW THEATRE
Box Office www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk | 029 2087 8889
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 27 APRIL – SATURDAY 2 MAY 2015
BLACKPOOL GRAND THEATRE
Box Office www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk | 01253 743338
ON SALE FRIDAY 7 NOVEMBER

MONDAY 4 MAY – SATURDAY 9 MAY 2015
MANCHESTER PALACE THEATRE
Box Office www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/palace-theatre-manchester/ | 0844 871 3019

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1 thought on “Casting announced for RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET THE 25th ANNIVERSARY TOUR”

  1. Tony Russell Davis

    Brilliant cast and production – went twice (at Darlington) to catch the first and last show that week.
    Loved the mic handover as part of the action, such a clever alternative to headsets for this show.

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