Classic TV series The Twilight Zone was brought to life on stage in a wickedly surreal adaptation of Rod Serling’s weird and wonderful stories premiered at the Almeida Theatre, with tickets selling out. It will now transfer to the West End at the Ambassadors Theatre, with tickets on sale now.
Adapted by Anne Washburn, the play interweaves several Twilight Zone stories together into one flowing piece. Washburn picks some of the series’ most memorable episodes, which were all standalone stories exploring science, technology and the human experience.
First aired in 1959, The Twilight Zone ran on CBS for 15 years and is one of the most influential American TV shows ever. Inspiring the likes of Black Mirror, and being referenced in almost every major television series of the 21st century, each episode The Twilight Zone would provide a watercooler moment, with moral questions raised at the end of each edition.
Washburn’s stage adaptation of The Twilight Zone weaved multiple stories together, requiring her and director Richard Jones to watch all 156 episodes before deciding to include some major episodes, along with a few obscure storylines.
This production is the first stage adaptation of the series, and uses stage trickery and magic to pull off some impressive, mind-bending stunts live onstage.
Following previews, the play first opened at the Almeida Theatre on 12th December 2017 with a cast that included Lizzy Connolly, Amy Griffiths and Matthew Needham. Tickets for the production sold well, with many performances in the run sold-out.
The Twilight Zone tickets are now on sale.
The Twilight Zone reviews
"A fitting homage to Serling, a master of the weird and wonderful" Will Longman, LondonTheatre.co.uk
“It will delight fans of the original and welcome in newcomers too, which is no mean feat. I am no sci-fi aficionado, but I relished it.” Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
“Jones creates a whirling paranormal kaleidoscope with the aid of a first-rate team. Paul Steinberg’s black-and-white design is built around the rotating symbols, doors and scientific formulae that prefaced the TV series.” Michael Billington, the Guardian
“Anne Washburn’s stage version of the iconic 1959 sci-fi show is a glorious exercise in kitsch with a few smart lessons about the present” Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out
“Washburn has created a mash-up of eight of the original transmissions (based on stories by Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson), the strands disconcertingly interwoven in ways that increase the tension and sense of foreboding.” Paul Taylor, the Independent
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Casting has been announced for the upcoming transfer of The Twilight Zone, which comes to the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre from the Almeida in March.
Written by Anne Washburn (Mr Burns), the stage production is the first adaptation of Rod Serling’s classic US TV series to be produced for the stage. It merges several storylines from the series’ standalone episodes into one flowing, mind-bending narrative.
Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Adrianna Bertola and Neil Haigh will all reprise their roles from the original Almeida run, when the production premiered in late 2017.
The Twilight Zone is a classic American TV show you’ve probably heard so much about but may have never sat down and watched. But it's likely that you already know more about the show than you think.
Rod Serling’s seminal series was a huge hit in the ‘60s, a must-watch in households across the US. As such, its legacy has leaked into modern media across the world. From The Simpsons to Bridesmaids, modern works have taken inspiration from The Twilight Zone for decades, a testament to how groundbreaking the show was.
The Almeida Theatre’s production of The Twilight Zone, Anne Washburn’s adaptation of the classic CBS series, is set to transfer to the West End.
Directed by Richard Jones, the adaptation weaves several episodes from Rod Serling’s wildly popular science-fiction anthology series from the 1960s into one creepy, sweeping narrative, and it is the first time the series has been seen on stage.
The Twilight Zone will run a the Ambassadors Theatre from 19th March to 1st June 2019, with tickets on sale now.