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  • Musical
  • 15 mar5 may 2019, Skövde, regional tour, Götebor....
  • Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes, including 1 interval.
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    Rikard Bergqvist
    Set and costume design
    Tomas Sjöstedt
    Lighting design
    Joakim Brink
    Roger Lybeck
    Musical Direction and Sound Design
    Mathias Venge
    Sound Design
    Emil Eklund
    Video Animation
    Andreas Skärberg
    Bandmaster and Keyboard
    Thomas Bergstig


    Albin Fredy Ljungqvist
    Lars Hjertner
    Fredrik Wentzel
    The chef
    Simon Drangnér
    Science Officer
    Anna-Maria Hallgarn
    Kristoffer Hellström
    Frida Modén Treichl
    Andrea Jayakrishna
    Rikard Bergqvist
    Bandmaster and Keyboard
    Thomas Bergstig
    Christopher Ek
    Mathilda Fritzell
    Per Svenner

Return to the Forbidden Planet

A prize-winning science fiction musical inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ and the 1956 movie ‘Forbidden Planet’.

Musical in two acts by Bob Carlton. Direction, translation and adaptation by Rikard Bergqvist.

Songs performed in English with spoke dialogue in Swedish.

”Ecstatic energy”The Guardian

On a stormy night a long time ago – at some point in the 21st century – researcher Dr. Prospero managed to calculate a formula that could change the world. His apparently loyal wife, Gloria, stole the formula and sent her husband straight out into what was termed hyperspace in an old spaceship. What Gloria did not know was that their daughter, the baby Miranda, was asleep in the vessel and was now catapulted light years into the future along with her father.

Years later, Captain Tempest is on a routine mission in outer space. A meteor shower hits his ship, which is sucked into Deliria – the forbidden planet. The adventure begins.

The West End hit Return to the Forbidden Planet won an Olivier Award for Best New Musical (1989). It is inspired by the cult science fiction film Forbidden Planet from 1956 and plays by Shakespeare, especially The Tempest. The musical is brimming with hot 1950s and 1960s hits, including Great Balls of Fire, Pretty Woman, Good Vibrations and Born to be Wild. The story and the songs are interwoven in an entertaining, captivating and cosmically adventurous musical. Shakespeare’s unwritten rock & roll masterpiece!

Premiere 15 March 2019 on the Skövde Stage. Then on tour in the Västra Götaland region, including our Main Stage.


Presented in collaboration with Nordiska ApS.
Inspired by the film Forbidden Planet, with kind permission of Turner Entertainment Co.

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