Its original creators, Andrew Dawson and Gavin Robertson, once again return to the roles of Captain Scarlet, Lady Penelope, Parker and others from the International Rescue team of the cult sci-fi programme. The duo created Thunderbirds F.A.B. in 1984, drawing on their childhood memories of Gerry Anderson's classic TV show, which ran for 32 episodes in England between 1964 and 1966. The stage homage affectionately satirises the programme with its space pods, fantastic machines, melodrama, clichés and stilted puppet dialogue.
Thunderbirds F.A.B. was first seen in the West End at the Apollo Theatre in September 1989. It was subsequently seen at the Ambassadors, back at the Apollo and at the Playhouse Theatre last Christmas. It has also toured the UK, and done three seasons in Japan.
- Mark Shenton