The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a much beloved work amongst both the sci-fi and comedy lovers of the world. The absurd, Monty Python-esque intergalactic adventures of Arthur Dent and friends as they dodge one bypass construction after another spawned dozens of memes long before the term memes existed. But was this book a book? The answer is no. Rather, not yet. Because it will be. At the moment, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a radio show. Because it is 1978. Did I mention that part? I’m pretty sure I did.
The original version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was actually a radio mini-series broadcast by BBC Radio 4 in 1978. Revolutionary for it’s time, H2G2 was the first radio comedy program to be broadcast in stereo. Featuring innovative use of music and sound effects, it would go on to win a number of awards and was the only radio production ever nominated for a Hugo.
Now, in 2012, after book, television, and movie adaptations, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is returning to its roots. Sort of. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show-Live!, an on stage adaptation of the the original production, is going on tour across The United Kingdom. Featuring the original radio and television cast (including the unforgettable performance of Stephen Moore as Marvin The Paranoid Android), H2G2-Live! begins showing June 8th in Glasgow’s Royal Theatre. 21 other show locations across England have been revealed with more to come.