He’s alive! New UK tour of Frankenstein announced

A new theatrical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s seminal 1818 Gothic horror novel, Frankenstein, is set to depict Shelley onstage, as she unfolds her monstrous tale of creature and creator.

Adapted by award-winning writer Rona Munro the production will tour nationwide from September

An 18-year-old girl, Mary Shelley, dreams up a monster whose tragic story will capture the imaginations of generations to come.

A young scientist by the name of Frankenstein breathes life into a gruesome body. Banished into an indifferent world, Frankenstein’s creature desperately seeks out his true identity, but the agony of rejection and a broken promise push him into darkness.

Dangerous and vengeful, the creature threatens to destroy Frankenstein and everyone he loves, in a ferocious and bloodthirsty hunt for his maker.

Rona Munro’s brilliant new adaptation puts the writer herself among the action as she wrestles with her creation and with the stark realities facing revolutionary young women, then and now.

Rona Munro said of the new production: “This story has been told and retold in hundreds of different versions since it was first written.

“But it remains the dark and rebellious roar of its adolescent author. Mary Shelley was only 18 when she wrote the novel and she’d already broken every social rule that should have shaped her life.

“That’s the version of Frankenstein I’ve returned to, the version of the novel.

“The story is told in the voice of that defiant and passionate young girl accusing her elders, the culture of her age and intent on terrifying the whole world.”

Anna Fox, head of new work at co-producers, Selladoor Creation, said: “Selladoor Creation are delighted to be working with Rona to create a dramatic reinvention of this classic story.

“We relish the work we do with writers, so we are proud to be a part of a production that will examine the writers’ process in such an innovative way.

“It has been a fascinating journey to go on with the piece, and we are excited for this bold new take on a beloved Gothic horror to be brought to life for audiences of today.”

The play, co-produced by Selladoor, Matthew Townshend Productions, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, and Perth Theatre at Horsecross Arts, will be directed by Patricia Benecke.


September 5 – 21, Perth Theatre, Perth
September 24 – 28, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
October 2 – 12, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
October 14 – 19, Theatre Royal, Brighton
October 28 – November 2, New Theatre, Cardiff
November 4 – 9, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
November 11 – 16, Liverpool Playhouse
November 25 – 30, Theatre Royal Glasgow.

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