The Twilight Zone
About The Twilight Zone
Adapted by Anne Washburn (Mr Burns) and directed by Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones, this "piercingly smart" (Time Out) production of the acclaimed CBS Television series lands at the Ambassador’s Theatre, fresh from a rapturously received, sell-out run at the Almeida Theatre.
Hailed as “a treat from far beyond” (Evening Standard), this "whirling paranormal kaleidoscope" (The Guardian) leads you on a chilling journey into the unknown, through eight stories set where the extraordinary is ordinary, the impossible probable, and where you’re never entirely sure what’s real and what’s your imagination.
But don’t worry. Your imagination can’t hurt you ... can it?
Unlock the door to "unsettling, dazzling and sophisticated entertainment" (WhatsOnStage) with this electrifying, unpredictable evening of mystery, fantasy and the wonderfully weird.
Don’t let time slip away – book now.
Show photography from the original London production.
Tell Me More
If you are in the mood to step outside of time and space and laugh along the way, the new stage version of the 1950s television classic “The Twilight Zone” is here to take you on a wild ride. Fans of the offbeat and clever style of contemporary playwright Anne Washburn will revel in this new show, which directly adapts eight of the most recognisable episodes from the long-running sci-fi programme and shapes them with intelligent recrafting.
A bit less avant-garde than her best known work “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play,” “The Twilight Zone” uses Washburn’s familiar trick of harnessing a popular television phenomenon (i.e. “The Simpsons” in “Mr. Burns”) to disarm the audience and reveal a chilling narrative about our current reality. The quirky “playlets” are delivered with a blend of parody and modernised allegory. Through the laughter, moments asserting an uncomfortable truth bleed through, reminding the audience that the Trump era has stark similarities to the Cold War era in which the TV show was originally produced.
What To Watch For
- The show’s intentionally lo-fi cardboard set pieces and ironic rudimentary props seemed to be in the style of a pantomime but were in fact a nod to the low-tech television production quality of the 1950s.
- The Almeida Theatre approached Washburn about producing a stage adaptation of the classic TV series rather than the other way around. To know which episodes of the show would best suit a theatre audience, she had to watch all 156 episodes of the series, some of which she remembered scarring her as a child.
- Washburn has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, Whiting Award, and a PEN/Laura Pels Award for her playwriting.
2hrs 10mins (inc. interval)