Roger’s a guide to galaxy

Roger McGough - joins cast of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Roger McGough - joins cast of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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One of the country’s best known poets, Roger McGough, has joined the cast of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show – Live! for its Sunday June 17 visit to Blackpool Grand Theatre.

He will be appearing live on stage as the Voice of the Book.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy became an instant classic on its launch as a radio series.

Now Douglas Adams’ immortal creation has exploded back into life, re-born as a ground-breaking new stage production – a radio show like you’ve never seen before – in surround sound, packed with laughter, robots, really wild sound effects and drinks with extremely silly names.

Roger McGough is one of Britain’s best loved poets for both adults and children.

Presenter of the popular Radio 4 show, Poetry Please, he was awarded the OBE for services to poetry in 1997 and a CBE in 2004. In 2001 he was honoured with the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.

Over the years his poetry has gained increasing popularity, especially from its widespread use in schools. He is a twice winner of the Signal Award for best children’s poetry book and recipient of the Cholmondeley Award.

Roger is also well known for his hit song, Lily the Pink, a number one hit in 1968 for his group The Scaffold, formed with Paul McCartney’s brother, Mike McGear and John Gorman.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy began life on radio in 1978. One of its most unique elements was a Narrator – the Voice of the Book – who punctuated the action by reading out Hitchhiker’s Guide entries in a friendly, if slightly quizzical, way.

The plot revolves around the adventures of an unassuming Englishman Arthur Dent, who survives the destruction of the Earth – however Adams rewrote the story in places for each new adaptation (he published the initial novel of a “trilogy in five parts” in 1979).

Douglas Adams claims the title, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, came from an incident in 1971 when he was hitchhiking around Europe with a copy of the Hitch-hiker’s Guide to Europe book. Whilst lying drunk in a field, looking up at the stars, he thought it would be a good idea for someone to write a hitchhikers guide to the galaxy as well.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which was made into a BBC TV series in 1981, made a return to radio in 2003. A year later, a big-screen version was made starring Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent and Stephen Fry as the voice of the guide.

The legendary radio and TV cast, led by Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, are re-united for these live performances bringing to life the characters written for them in highlights from the Hitchhiker’s Saga. They will be joined on stage by Roger McGough and supporting actors from Hitchhikers in all its phases.

Tickets from the box office on (01253) 743339, www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk, or the information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.