Prepare for excitement, adventure and really wild things - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy could be coming to a theatre near you, complete with original cast members of the TV series based on the book by Douglas Adams.
The news that a stage version of the cult sci-fi comedy was in the works came back in April, but now a full tour has been announced, along with confirmation that original stars of the TV and radio spin-offs will be involved.
Simon Jones, who appeared in both versions, will head the cast as hapless Earthling Arthur Dent, whose planet is destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Geoff McGivern will play his eccentric alien friend Ford Prefect, as he did in the radio series, while Mark Wing-Davey will reprise his television role as two-headed man-about-universe Zaphod Beeblebrox.
The role of Zaphod’s girlfriend – and Arthur’s unrequited love – Trillian, played by Sandra Dickinson in the TV series, will be taken by Susan Sheridan, who voiced the character on the radio. Stephen Moore will continue as the voice of depressive robot Marvin the Paranoid Android.
The production will start touring on 8 June at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal and continue through June and July, ending at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 21 July.
The show’s producers also promise that The Book - the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy itself, which acts as a travelogue of the universe – will be voiced by “a series of VIP guests”.
Production company Perfectly Normal Productions said: "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show - Live! is an adventure which will introduce newcomers of all ages to Vogons, Babel Fish, Marvin the Paranoid Android, and allow them to explore the unique and hilarious Whole General Mish Mash According to Douglas Adams."
As well as the TV and radio series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy also spawned a 2005 feature film, starring Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent.