Mrs Boo and I went to see this tonight at the Hackney Empire.|
Absolutely excellent evening (for me). Sadly Mrs Boo was not familiar with the works of the late, great Mr Adams, and I'm afraid it left her cold.
Dirk Maggs has written the script, and he's basically gone through the plot of the first two books, plus assorted bits from the latter three, at breakneck speed, pausing only to collect all the good lines.
The story makes some crazy kind of sense (apart from a few shaky bits in the second act), but overall; it's like a bunch of loopy fans just quoting all the best lines at each other.
Plus a bit of ad-libbing when things go awry.
There's a live band on stage, and the book (we had Terry Jones!) sits in a big leather armchair on the other side of the stage.
Some of it's fairly low-tech - Zaphod's 2nd head is a guy standing behind Mark Wing-Davey, with a head on a stick, but it works! Marvin is well done, looking reminiscent of the TV Marvin, but with a reel to reel tape deck for a chest, and an old bakelite radio for a head. Best of all, he has Stephen Moore for a voice!
The two guys doing sound effects are an integral part of the show (making a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster was a particular highlight for me), and other than a couple of liberties being taken with the story to get people where they need to be, it's clear that Dirk Maggs has taken a lot of care with the material to come up with a fan pleasing couple of hours.
Highly recommended if you get a chance to see it.