Producer Danielle Tarento is on a bit of a roll. Titantic proved a critical and commercial success, Dogfight emerged victorious at the recent Evening Standard Awards, and rehearsals are under way for the European premiere of Jerry Herman’s Broadway musical, The Grand Tour.
Not letting the grass grow under her feet, there comes the world premiere of Gods and Monsters at the Southwark Playhouse this February, a must see for fans steeped in the classic horror genre.
Directed by Russell Labey, it’s the, partially fictionalised, story of a forgotten name who makes one last grandstand before taking his final curtain.
Frankenstein director James Whale, outwardly gay when homosexuality was illegal, had been cast aside by the studios and was in reclusive Hollywood retirement after falling victim to a series of strokes.
The English film director, theatre director and actor was best remembered for four classic horror films: Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
But the only demons Whale now fights are in his head. Handsome new gardner, Clayton Boone, becomes an unlikely friend and unwitting player in Whale’s grand finale.
Not so much a Hollywood history as a glorious imagining, exploring the sometimes divine, sometimes monstrous landscape of obsession and desire.
Based on the novel Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram – the same source material as for the 1998 Oscar-winning movie, Gods And Monsters which starred Ian McKellan and Brendan Fraser.
Cast to be announced.
Gods and Monsters will run at the Southwark Playhouse from February 5-March 7.