The Twilight Zone Tickets
Booking from: Monday, 4 March 2019
Booking until: Saturday, 1 June 2019
Monday, 4 March 2019
Saturday, 1 June 2019
Twilight Zone is transferring from the Almeida theatre to the West End's Ambassadors theatre from March 2019, and there's a huge treat in store for anyone who loves the stories of Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson. Adapted by Anne Washburn and directed by Richard Jones, it's a dazzling adaptation of eight episodes of the infamous classic CBS TV series, The Twilight Zone.
First aired in 1959, The Twilight Zone ran for fifteen years and became a cult classic. It still is, and it has inspired a whole lot of great work since then, including the marvellous Black Mirror. The stage adaptation weaves several stories together, a feat that saw Washburn and Jones watching all 156 episodes. Some of them are amongst the best known, others are more obscure. This is the first stage adaptation of the show and it's jammed full of stage trickery, magic and stunts.
Let's start with the visuals. Set designer Paul Steinberg and costume designer Nicky Gillibrand have pulled out all the stops to create a faithful retro-looking vibe, and the two illusionists, Richard Wiseman and Will Houstoun, have brought the effects to sizzling life. The sound team have done an epic job, complemented by very clever lighting, and the whole effect creates a very cool black and white telly screen effect.
Back in the 1960s there was a powerful trend for alien invasions and space exploration, time travel and parallel universes. No wonder when the planet was under threat from nuclear war and we were about to travel into space for the first time. They were strange times, and this remarkable piece of theatre is just as strange... in a really good way!
Richard Jones directs with typical brilliance. And the stories unfold beautifully, told eloquently with quirky humour. What happens when a bus arrives at a diner with an extra alien passenger? Why is this man scared to go to sleep? How did a strange young girl know about the danger facing a woman she'd never met? Where in the universe is the lost girl, invisible but clearly calling for help? Dissolving men, floating women, trailing bandages, a horrible ventriloquist's dummy, missiles falling like rain... it's utterly compelling.
Yes, it's frightening. It's stylish and witty too. And it's also pretty funny. It comes with a cast of ten, all of whom play multiple parts, and the whole thing plays effective homage to '60s telly. This is the place where the improbable is possible, and you'll be thrilled by the atmosphere.
Who is this show for?
This show is recommended for people aged ten and older – At times it is genuinely scary!
08 Oct 2018
I'm sad to report that FOXFINDER, the eerie new play that showed such promise on its fringe premiere, just didn’t attract enough good reviews to attract an audience in the West End despite a star cast. It’ll be closing at the Ambassador’s Theatre on 20th October.
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West Street, London, WC2H 9ND
- Air conditioned
- Infrared hearing loop
- Member of Q-Park scheme
- Capacity: 400
- Year built: 1913