After a critically-acclaimed run at the Almeida Theatre in 2017, The Twilight Zone returns to London at the Ambassadors Theatre. Inspired by the 1950’s supernatural television series of the same name, The Twilight Zone features multiple storylines from the show, amalgamating them together into a production that’s filled with lots of stunts, spooky goings-on and plenty of theatrical magic. If you enjoy Mad Men, Breaking Bad or Black Mirror, then you’ll definitely enjoy the weird and wonderful happenings of The Twilight Zone.
Casting for The Twilight Zone is yet to be announced.
Previous casting included Lizzy Connolly who has previously starred in On The Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Once in a Lifetime at the Young Vic Theatre. In 2018, she played Lucy in the summer-hit film The Festival, alongside Joe Thomas.
Amy Griffiths starred in the production at the Almeida Theatre. Her previous work includes Medea and The Magistrate at the National Theatre and The Pajama Game at Chichester Festival Theatre.
Having previously performed at the Almeida Theatre in House of Games and Chain Play II, John Marquez has also starred in The Good Soul of Szechuan at the Young Vic and appeared on television in Doc Martin and Hotel Babylon.
Matthew Needham performed in The Twilight Zone after a long career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in Titus Andronicus, Much Ado about Nothing and The Comedy of Errors. On television, he has also been in shows including Endeavour and Sherlock.
Cosmo Jarvis made his London stage debut in the last run, after performing in The Hairy Ape on Broadway. He has also been in many films and has released four solo albums.
Anne Washburn’s stage adaptation of the CBS show takes all 156 episodes into a production where key moments and episodes from the television show become storylines. Whether it’s talking about politics, national identity or waking up in a horrible nightmare, watch The Twilight Zone unfold in front of you during a play that beautifully blends being sinister and comedic. Fans of the television series will recognise scenes from episodes including “The Shelter” and “Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up” as this thought-provoking play tackles the mammoth challenge of condensing five seasons of television into a two hour production.
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Many actors appeared over the course of the programme from 1959 to 1964. Yet, Robert McCord was the only actor to feature in all episodes during the first run.
Fans of the show celebrate 11th May as “National Twilight Zone Day” where fans celebrate the show together.
The “Twilight Zone Tower of Terror” at Disney parks in Florida and Paris were inspired by the show! Opening in July 1994 at Walt Disney World, riders are left in an ordinary-looking hotel elevator that’s not as calm as it first looks.
The episode “The Big Tall Wish” was the first television episode of any show to have a cast that was predominantly black people. The Twilight Zone was also an early television show to explicitly mention fighting in Vietnam.
The Twilight Zone originally ran on CBS from 1959 to 1964 for five seasons. It has since enjoyed two revivals from 1985 to 1989 and 2002 to 2003. Each episode is stand-alone, telling an entirely different story that usually ends with a moral to it.
A psychological thriller, The Twilight Zone has encouraged many spin-offs, including a radio series and a comic book. Episodes have also given to inspiration to shows like The Simpsons, where characters were able to stop time by ordering products from a catalogue as well as have a talking doll control them. The Twilight Zone gave audiences one of their first opportunities to engage with science fiction, whilst narratives explored issues with racism, government and war.
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(5mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square until St Martin’s Lane, where you head left up to West Street. The theatre’s on your left past St Martin’s Theatre.