Brian May is set to appear at the Grand Theatre – via video projection – in a new show announced today.
The 25th anniversary tour of the rock and roll musical Return To The Forbidden Planet launched this weekend, sending music and musicals lovers into orbit.
The Queen legend, who has long had close associations with We Will Rock You – the show based on his band’s music – has been revealed as a star feature in the show which promises a host of special effects.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and 1950s’ sci-fi flick Forbidden Planet, the Olivier Award-winning show features a host of hits from the time – such as Great Balls of Fire, Teenager In Love, Gloria, Shake Rattle and Roll and Wipeout.
Return To The Forbidden Planet has been revived by its original design team, including creator and director Bob Carlton, 25 years after it first appeared on the West End in 1989. The tour kicked off at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, last night.
Carlton said: “It was an incredible time when Return to the Forbidden Planet landed in West End... And it’s thanks to the audiences, who took it to their hearts and rocked out every night, that it became such a cult success.
“I can’t wait to bring it back 25 years later, to introduce it to a whole new generation and to reunite with original fans of the show.”
The show flies into the Grand on Monday, April 27 to Saturday, May 2.
Characters include Captain Tempest, Doctor Prospero, his daughter Miranda and Cookie the guitar-playing chef, as well as a roller skating robot.
A spokesman for the Grand said: “With stunning special effects and a brilliant cast of actor musicians, Return To The Forbidden Planet promises a great night out for all the family.
“Bring everyone, dress up, and get ready to blast off into outer space as the crew try to navigate their way through the storm while also escaping the tentacles of a terrible monster.
“Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see the official return of one of the most unique and feel-good musicals.”
Tickets go on sale at 10am today from the Grand box office on (01253) 290190 or online at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk.