Before it went truly intergalactic – before the squillion-selling "trilogy" of five books, before the comics, the computer games, the endless quoting, the TV series and the (decent) film version – Douglas Adams's wry sci-fi opus The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy started out as a fairly low-key Radio 4 series.
Thirty-four years on, the bulk of that first cast reassemble to scratch the HHGTTG itch. Among them, Simon Jones plays the hapless humanoid Arthur Dent (always having a bad day); Geoff McGivern returns as alien research bod Ford Prefect; and Stephen Moore voices the maniacally morose Marvin, the Paranoid Android. Theatre Royal, Glasgow (0844 871 7627; atgtickets.com) tonight; Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne (0844 811 2121; theatreroyal.co.uk) Sun; New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (0844 871 7627; atgtickets.com) Tue; Anvil, Basingstoke (01256 844244; anvilarts.org.uk) Thur; Derngate, Northampton
(01604 624811; royalandderngate.co.uk) Fri & 16 Jun
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