RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET is returning to Rubicon Theatre Company after its acclaimed run in 2016.
Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical, this fabulously campy send-up of “Forbidden Planet” and other sci-fi films and TV shows of the 1950s and 1960’s melds plot elements from The Tempest with language from multiple plays by Shakespeare.
Set on a spaceship sometime in the future, the show features a galaxy of rock-and-roll classics, including “Wipeout,” “Good Vibrations,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “All Shook Up, and “Monster Mash.” The jukebox musical spoof rockets into orbit just in time for Halloween – with a gala costume party on Saturday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. (dress like your favorite sci-fi character – pointy ears or pipe cleaners on a headband accepted) followed by an after-party with green foaming drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Rhumb Line on the Harbor. Low-priced previews are October 17-19. The show runs Wednesdays through Sundays through November 4.
Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical, RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET follows the adventures of the dashing spaceship captain Tempest and his crew, who hit a meteor shower and are then mysteriously drawn off course to the planet D’Illyria. There they discover the mad scientist Dr. Prospero and his beautiful daughter Miranda, along with the robot Ariel. As a romance develops between Captain Tempest and Miranda, a monster threatens the spaceship, and a sacrifice is made to ensure everyone’s safety.
RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET was originally created and directed by BOB CARLTON, the show began at the Bubble Theatre Company in England as an open-air performance in a tent. A revised in-door production appeared at The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and the Tricycle Theatre in London. The final version opened at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End on September 11, 1989. It won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical for both 1989 and 1990. After numerous productions throughout the world, the show was presented as the completion of Carlton’s tenure as Artistic Director at the Queen's Theatre in Essex in 2014. The production is currently enjoying a 25th anniversary U.K. tour helmed by Carlton.
All performances are at Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District (the corner or Main and Laurel). Tickets range from $40 to $65 plus a $4 service fee, depending on day of the week and time. Special pricing for students with ID are $25; teachers with ID and active military are $40. There is a $5 discount for seniors 65 and older. The opening night is a benefit performance, with tickets at $150 (price includes a tax-deductible contribution). Those in costume attending the matinee or evening performance on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31, will receive a free concession voucher.
For tickets, call (805) 667-2900, Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 6:00 p.m., or visit www.rubicontheatre.org.