The wonders of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy came to the Rhyl Pavilion and I was their to review it.
“Don’t Panic” those Vogons didn’t take away our local theatre, instead they were well-behaved and the original cast of the Radio Show put on an interstellar performance to an audience of fans and newcomers to the world of Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Slartibartfast and Deep Thought.
I’ve always been a fan of the Hitchhiker’s books for as long time and remember the radio show in my younger days. With a TV series and a Hollywood movie, the story has been firmly fixed in a lot of our minds and with each incarnation comes something a little different.
So getting the chance to see the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show performed live in front of an audience, in a theatre, was like a dream come true for me.
Simon Jones (Arthur Dent) was joined by Hitchhiker’s favourites from, the now, legendary Radio and TV cast including Susan Sheridan as Trillian and special guest, John Challis, as the Voice of the Hitchhiker’s Guide, who I have to say was superb.
The evening was a complete pleasure, the performance was not only amazing but it was also so funny, it was great to see the Radio Show live and seeing the original cast was perfect for any fan of Douglas Adams’ books. The audience loved every moment of it and even younger members were laughing out loud.
I do have to say that the show was pure genius, the music, sound effects and the performances made the night a complete joy to watch and get involved in, which cue cards shown for us all to applaud and cheer etc.
One of my favourite moments and believe me, it is so hard to just pick one from the evening, had to be Marvin, he was brilliantly done with the aid of a puppeteer controlling his every move a sheer joy to watch and one of my favourite characters and yes it was the voice of Marvin that we all know and love.
The music numbers were also very well done and well performed by Dirk Maggs and the rest of “The Band”, with a surprise for myself as the opening number was a bit of Pink Floyd with a Hitchhikers twist, they also created all the sound effects and incidental music throughout the night.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has to be one of those shows that you have to see, even if you haven’t heard of the radio show, read the books, seen the series or the film, then where have you been?
It can only be described as night that is ideal for any frood in their right mind to see.
But this is certainly one of those shows that even if you haven’t got a clue about it all, it is so much fun for all ages.
A big thank you must go out to the cast and crew of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the Rhyl Pavilion for putting on an amazing evening, it is a shame it was only on for one night, I would love to see it again and again and again.
Also thank you to Ken Humphrey for allowing me to use his photos.