presents Sydney premiere


by Rob Carlton

5 - 22 June 2019

8pm Wed, Thurs, Fri, 2pm & 8pm Sat
$45 full | $39 concession | $33 preview & cheap Wed

Winner of the 1989 Olivier Award for Best New Musical 

Bob Carlton’s Return to the Forbidden Planet is a riotous parody of Shakespeare and B-movie science fiction with some of the biggest hits from the fifties and sixties, including It’s a Man’s, Man’s World, Good Vibrations, Teenager in Love, Born to Be Wild, The Monster Mash and more! Loosely based on the 1956 film Forbidden Planet, which itself was based on the Bard's The Tempest, our story follows the crew of the Intergalactic Starship Albatross as it makes a crash-landing on the mysterious D’Illyria – a planet not marked on their cosmic charts – where they discover a defector, mad-scientist Doctor Prospero.

Rife with unrequited love and betrayal, as all the best B-movies and Shakespeare plays are, Return to the Forbidden Planet has been referred to as “Shakespeare’s unwritten rock and roll masterpiece” and boldly goes where no show has gone before.

Bob Carlton was an English theatre director and writer. He is best known for creating and directing the jukebox musical Return to the Forbidden Planet, which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical in both 1989 and 1990 and has been produced in many different countries around the world. He has written several other plays and has directed episodes of the television soap operas Brookside and Emmerdale Farm



Patina Productions curates, develops and supports the plays and musicals presented in the LIMELIGHT ROOM @ Limelight on Oxford. They collaborate with both emerging and seasoned indie creatives who demonstrate the commitment, capacity and enthusiasm required to stage world class indie shows. 

Inspired by the motion picture "Forbidden Planet" courtesy of Turner Entertainment Co.

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd on behalf of Josef Weinberger Ltd.


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