The Stevenage Lytton Players
Return to the Forbidden Planet
By Bob Carlton
May 23rd - 26th 2018
The Lytton Theatre Stevenage
Director - Ben Willis
Musical Director - Sufia Mills
Choreographer - Aaron Govey
Producer - Debbie Woolley

Return to the Forbidden Planet is a Jukebox musical by playwright Bob Carlton based on Shakespeare's The Tempest and the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet (which itself drew its plot loosely from The Tempest). It was billed as Shakespeare's forgotten rock and roll masterpiece; containing classic 60s songs such as Wipeout, It's A Man's World, She's Not There and Good Vibrations.


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 catapulted light years into the galaxy 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 planet D'Illyria - the Forbidden Planet.

The adventure begins ...

The action takes place aboard the Intergalactic Starship, Albatross.

Ticket Prices : £12.00 (£10.00c Wed, Thurs & Sat Matinee)

Box Office: 01438 357407

Performances start at 7:45pm.