Frankenstein is enjoying a bit of a resurrection at the moment. Blackeyed Theatre is currently touring with a production, Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein comes to the West End in September and, this March, an electrifying new production of Frankenstein comes to Wilton’s Music Hall in London.
Watermill Theatre’s acclaimed production, adapted by Tristan Bernays and directed by Eleanor Rhode, which wowed audiences at the Berkshire venue last Hallowe’en, will play at the historic East London venue from March 7-18.
It is one of the greatest Gothic tales of all time. The original story was written when Shelley was just 18 years old, and tells the tale of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates life from the cadavers brought to him by body snatchers.
Cast out into a hostile world, Frankenstein’s creature searches for his true identity and, on realising how he came to be, learns the pain of rejection and broken promises.
Vengeful, dangerous and in bloodthirsty pursuit of his maker, the creature threatens to destroy Frankenstein and the lives of everyone he loves.
This brand new version of Shelley’s immortal tale is directed by Eleanor Rhode and reimagined by Tristan Bernays (writer and director of Teddy, winner of Best New Musical at the 2016 Off West End Awards and of Boudica at the Globe Theatre this coming autumn).
Tristan says: “I love monsters because they remind us what it is to be human – Frankenstein is a truly great monster story and I’m thrilled to be bringing this adaptation to the ethereal and atmospheric Wilton’s Music Hall”.
A transfer from the award winning, internationally renowned Watermill Theatre where it enjoyed a successful short run in 2016, George Fletcher (The Fantasist, Soho Theatre; Tracy, Old Red Lion Theatre; BBCTV Call The Midwife) and Rowena Lennon (Jekyll & Hyde, Sellador; Farewell to London, Box of Tricks) perform this take on a powerful and dark masterpiece that explores the timeless relationship between parent and child, isolation, prejudice and revenge and speaks to our modern society.