Everything you need to know about The Twilight Zone in the West End
The Twilight Zone made its West End premiere at the Ambassadors Theatre in March 2019. After a successful run at the Almeida Theatre in 2017, what can audiences expect from the mystifying production?
What is The Twilight Zone about?
Inspired by the cult television show that aired on CBS in the 1950’s, The Twilight Zone expertly blends storylines and characters from the programme. The result is a production that’s meant to spook, shock and horrify audiences.
When the programme was first aired in 1959, it was one of the first programmes of its kind. A science fiction/psychological thriller, the show has inspired countless episodes of The Simpsons and shows including Black Mirror and Mad Men. Each episode has a self-contained narrative, giving audiences the chance to reflect on current politics and issues in society.
Who starred in The Twilight Zone?
Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Adrianna Bertola and Neil Haigh will star in The Twilight Zone, after performing in the show at the Almeida Theatre. The cast is completed by Natasha J Barnes, Alisha Bailey, Nicholas Karimi, Dan Crossley, Dyfan Dwyfor, Lauren O’Neill and Matthew Steer.
What awards has The Twilight Zone won?
The television show won nine awards, including a Golden Globe for Rod Serling as the best TV producer/director. Delivering monologues at the beginning of many episodes, Serling discussed his views on racism and society in the science fiction and fantasy elements of the show. Serling was also known as an angry young man in Hollywood, who would consistently try to challenge the systems.
The show also received consecutive awards for outstanding achievement in cinematography for television at the Emmy Awards.
Serling also won the Hugo Award for best dramatic presentation consecutively from 1960 to 1962.
The episodes “Eye of the Beholder” and “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” were nominated for Writers Guild of America awards for being the best anthology dramas.
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What did critics have to say about The Twilight Zone?
“A fitting homage to Serling, a master of the weird and wonderful”.
“The proceedings are played out in a box wallpapered with intergalactic vistas… camouflaged in star-flecked boiler-suits and goggles”.
“Adaptor Anne Washburn sinuously interweaves stories from eight original episodes, in which Cold War paranoia mingles with moon landings-era excitement”.
“It succeeds… in blending the visionary and creepy and it does unsettle us to some extent, tricking our minds and our emotion”.