Saturday, 26 October 2013

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show (Live): Review

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy started life as a BBC radio show way back in 1978. It quickly became a cult hit in the UK, made a successful transition to TV, spawned a series of books and has since been released and re-released on vinyl record, audio tape, VHS cassette and DVD. In 2005 it finally made its way onto the big screen but, sadly, without the original cast and due in no small part to its reliance on special effects to carry some poor casting decisions and some unwise changes to Douglas Adams's drily ironic scripts, the movie version failed to capture the spirit and wit of the original.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, written by Douglas Adams (also known for Doctor Who), later made into a film starring fan sweetheart Zooey Deschanel (New Girl, Tin Man, Elf - with Will Ferrell), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, The Office), John Malkovich, the often naked Helen Mirren (Caligula with Malcolm McDowell and Sir John Gielgud, Red with Bruce Willis, Karl Urban and Morgan Freeman, Prime Suspect), Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman,
It's on stage, but it's a radio show. Except it's not on the
radio. So you can't tune in to another station.
The latest incarnation of this peculiarly British SciFi phenomenon is a stage adaptation, a self-styled live version of the radio show. It's a touring production with almost 50 scheduled dates around the UK and, last Sunday, I went to see it at the Rose Theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames. So, how was it? As mind-blowing as a pan-galactic gargle blaster, or as frighteningly awful as the ravenous bugblatter beast of Traal?

You can find out by reading my full review at Fanboys Anonymous!

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