Musical (1989)

Musique: *** Divers
Paroles: *** Divers
Livret: Bob Carlton
Production à la création:

On a stormy night way back in the winter of 2009, mad scientist Doctor Prospero worked late in his laboratory, aided only by his wife, Gloria, as he developed the elusive formula with which he would change the world. The apparently faithful Gloria, however, duped him and sent him off into hyper-space in an old spacecraft. Unknown to Gloria, her infant daughter, Miranda, slumbered peacefully in the craft and was now catapulted light years into the future in her father's company. Fifteen years later, a routine survey flight under the command of the chisel-jawed Captain Tempest leaves earth's orbit with a new Science Officer aboard - a hard and bitter woman. As a shower of meteorites hits the ship, the Science Officer flees, and the craft is pulled inexorably towards the plant D'Illyria - the Forbidden Plant. The adventure begins .......

Act 1
The plot follows the crew of a routine survey flight under the command of Captain Tempest. After takeoff, Captain Tempest converses with the ships new Science Officer, who is a woman, and they argue about the importance of men and women on earth. During their argument, the ship gets caught in a meteor shower. The Science Officer suggests that they use the shuttle craft and abandon ship, but Captain Tempest insists on flying through the storm. During the confusion the Science Officer escapes the ship via shuttle craft. Their spaceship is drawn mysteriously to the planet D'Illyria where the crew meet mad scientist Doctor Prospero, who has been marooned on the planet since his wife, and science partner Gloria sent him and their daughter Miranda into space. Doctor Prospero offers to help repair the broken starship and he, his daughter, and their robot Ariel come aboard. The ships cook, Cookie is instantly taken by Miranda's beauty and falls in love with her, a love he thinks she returns. In fact she has fallen in love with Captain Tempest, against the will of her father. During discussions about locating the missing Science Officer, Ariel reveals information about Doctor Prospero's new formula 'X Factor’, which can enhance the brain and mind. After an argument with his daughter over her love for the captain, Doctor Prospero takes the draught of 'X Factor'. Soon afterwards, the ship is attacked by a foul monster, but during the attack it is revealed that Ariel is in the airlock with the missing Science Officer. To save them both, Captain Tempest orders the airlock opened, which allows the monster to gain access to the ship. During the confusion of the attack it is revealed that the Science Officer is Doctor Prospero's wife Gloria, who is then taken by the monster, as its tentacles attack the rest of the ship.

Act 2
The story continues with the attack unfolding again, but this time Gloria isn't kidnapped by the monster, and Ariel the robot is able to attack the monster to make it retreat. After the attack, more is revealed about Doctor Prospero and Gloria's past. Captain Tempest puts Gloria under ship arrest for her crimes against her husband. She forms a quick alliance with Cookie, whom she persuades to release her and help steal the recipe for Doctor Prospero's 'X Factor' in exchange for helping him win over Miranda's heart. Gloria talks to Cookie, as Bosun, the ships First Mate, talks to Captain Tempest about how to gain the love of Miranda. It is then revealed when the monster returns that it is created by Doctor Prospero's mind due to him taking the 'X Factor'. Gloria tells Doctor Prospero that what she did to him was so that he could keep himself and their daughter safe from the 'X Factor'. Doctor Prospero has no choice but to leave the ship and sacrifice himself to save the others. Once Doctor Prospero has left, it is then revealed that D'Illyria is nothing other than a figment of Doctor Prospero’s imagination, as it starts to destroy itself once the doctor has died. The ship escapes and when once again in space Gloria blesses the union of Miranda and Captain Tempest, and Cookie is pardoned for his behaviour towards Miranda and Captain Tempest. The show ends with the entire crew safe and well with their Science Officer back and Captain Tempest with a new bride.

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Based - very loosely on the 1956 film Forbidden Planet which was a sci-fi version of William Shakespeare's The Tempest

Act One
"Wipe Out"
"It's a Man's Man's Man's World"
"Great Balls of Fire"
"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
"Good Vibrations"
"I'm Gonna Change the World"
"A Teenager in Love"
"Young Girl"
"She's Not There"
"Shakin' All Over" (at times performed as "All Shook Up")

Act Two
"Who's Sorry Now?"
"Tell Him" (as "Tell Her")
"Oh, Pretty Woman"
"Robot Man"
"Shake, Rattle and Roll"
"Go Now"
"Only the Lonely"
"The Young Ones"
"Born to Be Wild"
"Wipe Out"
"Mr. Spaceman"
"Monster Mash"
"Great Balls of Fire"
"Johnny B. Goode"

Captain Tempest - a Starship Captain, square-jaed, Boys' Own Paper hero and pipe smoker
Dr. Prospero - a mad scientist marooned for 15 years of the planet Illyria
Ariel - a hip robot
Cookie - the ship's cook and a hopelss romantic
Science Officer - a woman with a mysterious past
Bosun Arras - one of the all-round good guys
Navigation Officer - Prone to panic during inter-galactoc emergencies
Miranda - Prospero's daughter, would be school queen and virgin
Ensign Jock E. Schwartz - Friend to Cookie
Newsreader - (on a video screen)

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Version 1

Return to the Forbidden Planet (1989-09-Cambridge Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Cambridge Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée : 3 ans 4 mois
Nombre : 1516 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: 18 September 1989
Dernière: 16 January 1993
Mise en scène : Bob Carlton
Chorégraphie : Carole Todd
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: John Ashby (Captain Tempest), Christian Roberts (Doctor Prospero), Alison Harding (Miranda), Kraig Thornber (Ariel) , Matthew Devitt, Nicky Furre, Anthony Hunt, Kate Edgar
Commentaires : Based on the B-Movie “Forbidden Planet”, which itself wass derived from Shakespeare’s “Tempest” this show contained some of the best songs from the past 30 years to please the rockers, and enough Shakespeare jokes to please the regular theatregoer, and all-in-all, got a great critical and audience reaction. It was, however, harder to pull in the crowds. Somewhat astonishingly this show won the Olivier Award for Best Musical of the Year, beating “Miss Saigon”, thus causing considerable controversy.

Version 2

Return to the Forbidden Planet (1991-09-Variety Arts Theatre-Off Broadway)

Type de série: Original Off-Broadway
Théâtre: Variety Arts Theatre (Broadway (Off) - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 7 mois
Nombre : 243 représentations
Première Preview : 27 September 1991
Première: 27 September 1991
Dernière: 26 April 1992
Mise en scène : Bob Carlton
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Allison Briner, Mary Ehlinger, Christine Elliot, Erin Hill, David LaDuca, Robert McCormick, Steve Pudenz, Michael Rotondi, Robert Tate, Schuck Tempo

Version 3

Return to the Forbidden Planet (1995-12-Shaftesbury Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Shaftesbury Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 19 December 1995
Première: 19 December 1995
Dernière: 13 January 1996
Mise en scène : Peter Rowe
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Greg Ellis, Paulette Ivory, Meredith Braun, David Burt, Simon Burke
Commentaires : This was a brief Christmas season stop-over for the touring production.

Version 4

Return to the Forbidden Planet (2001-08-UK Tour 2001-Savoy Theatre-London)

Type de série: West End Transfer
Théâtre: Savoy Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : 11 December 2001
Première: 11 December 2001
Dernière: 19 January 2002
Mise en scène : Bob Carlton
Chorégraphie : Carole Todd
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Sarah Beaumont (Miranda), James Earl Adair (Dr Prospero), Adrian Cobey (Captain Tempest), Diana Croft, Scott Finlay, Zita Frith, Cameron Gordon, Christine Holman, Nick Lashbrook, Jane Milligan, Philip Reed, Frederick Ruth
Commentaires : This re-worked version had transferred from Bob Carlton’s base at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch for a limited return season in the West End.

Version 5

Return to the Forbidden Planet (2001-08-UK Tour 2002)

Type de série: UK Tour
Théâtre: UK Tour ( - Angleterre)
Durée : 10 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 21 January 2002
Première: 21 January 2002
Dernière: 07 December 2002
Mise en scène : Bob Carlton
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Commentaires longs: 2 Dec 02 to 7 Dec 02 Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
25 Nov 02 to 30 Nov 02 Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
4 Nov 02 to 9 Nov 02 Opera House, Manchester
21 Oct 02 to 26 Oct 02 Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne
14 Oct 02 to 19 Oct 02 Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
24 Sep 02 to 28 Sep 02 His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen
12 Sep 02 to 21 Sep 02 Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch
13 May 02 to 18 May 02 Richmond Theatre, Outer London
22 Apr 02 to 27 Apr 02 Hall for Cornwall, Truro
15 Apr 02 to 20 Apr 02 Hippodrome, Bristol
8 Apr 02 to 13 Apr 02 The Hawth, Crawley
2 Apr 02 to 6 Apr 02 Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds
25 Mar 02 to 30 Mar 02 Theatre Royal, Plymouth
18 Mar 02 to 23 Mar 02 New Wimbledon Theatre, Outer London
11 Mar 02 to 16 Mar 02 Venue Cymru (formally - North Wales Theatre), Llandudno
4 Mar 02 to 9 Mar 02 Civic Theatre, Darlington
26 Feb 02 to 2 Mar 02 Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham
18 Feb 02 to 23 Feb 02 Grand Theatre, Swansea
11 Feb 02 to 16 Feb 02 Theatre Royal, Nottingham
4 Feb 02 to 9 Feb 02 The Orchard, Dartford
28 Jan 02 to 2 Feb 02 The Lowry, Salford
21 Jan 02 to 26 Jan 02 The Hexagon, Reading

Version 6

Return to the Forbidden Planet (2001-08-UK Tour)

Type de série: UK Tour
Théâtre: UK Tour ( - Angleterre)
Durée : 4 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 25 August 2001
Première: 25 August 2001
Dernière: 19 January 2002
Mise en scène : Bob Carlton
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: James Earl Adair, Sarah Beaumont, Adrian Cobey, Diana Croft, Scott Finlay, Zita Frith, Cameron Gordon, Christine Holman, Nick Lashbrook, Jane Milligan, Philip Reed, Fredrick Ruth
Commentaires longs: 11 Dec 01 to 19 Jan 02 Savoy Theatre, West End
3 Dec 01 to 8 Dec 01 Jersey Opera House, St Helier
26 Nov 01 to 1 Dec 01 Theatre Royal, Brighton
19 Nov 01 to 24 Nov 01 Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester
12 Nov 01 to 17 Nov 01 Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole
5 Nov 01 to 10 Nov 01 Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
29 Oct 01 to 3 Nov 01 Churchill Theatre, Bromley
22 Oct 01 to 27 Oct 01 Theatre Royal, Norwich
15 Oct 01 to 20 Oct 01 Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
8 Oct 01 to 13 Oct 01 Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes
1 Oct 01 to 6 Oct 01 Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
24 Sep 01 to 29 Sep 01 New Victoria Theatre, Woking
25 Aug 01 to 22 Sep 01 Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

Version 7

Return To The Forbidden Planet (2003-12-Upstairs at the Gatehouse-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Upstairs at the Gatehouse (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : 20 December 2003
Première: 20 December 2003
Dernière: 01 February 2004
Mise en scène : John Plews
Chorégraphie : Racky Plews
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Kate Buxton (Miranda), Brendan Lovett (Dr Prospero), Michael Instone (Captain Tempest), Cathy McMananam, Rebecca Oliver, Racky Plews, Alan Howell, Stephen Rathman, Nicolas Sagar, Gareth Dylan Smith
Commentaires : The Gatehouse was by now developing a tradition in Christmas musicals, and this was warmly received. The pre-recorded newsreader/announcer voice was provided by Angela Rippon.

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