Marking the 200th anniversary of the creation of her monster story, Blackeyed Theatre’s brand new stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror masterpiece, Frankenstein, continues its sell-out UK tour.
Adapted by John Ginman, who penned Blackeyed Theatre’s hugely successful 2013 production of Dracula, this new production fuses bold ensemble storytelling, live music, puppetry and stunning theatricality to create a fresh telling of what has become a landmark work of literature.
A unique feature of the production is the use of Bunraku-style puppetry to portray The Creature. Designed and built by Yvonne Stone (Warhorse, His Dark Materials ), the full size 6’4” puppet, which needs up to three people to manipulate it, makes a thrilling addition to this classic story.
Set in Geneva, 1816, Victor Frankenstein is obsessed about pursuing nature’s greatest secret, the elixir of life itself.
But nothing can prepare him for what he creates. So begins a gripping life or death adventure taking him to the ends of the earth and beyond.
Director Eliot Giuralarocca said: “I’m really excited to be directing Frankenstein. It’s a taut, gripping thriller, an exciting Gothic fairy tale for grown-ups and a morality play all rolled into one.
It’s always a daunting challenge to attempt to breathe new life into a classic but with a wonderful ensemble cast and a fusion of bold storytelling, music, sound and puppetry I’m hoping we can bring Mary Shelley’s tale kicking and screaming into life!”
John Ginman adds: “Working on this has left me full of admiration for the achievement of the nineteen-year-old novice writer, who responded to the challenge of inventing a ghost story ‘to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart’.
“This version seeks to provoke thought and discussion around many key issues that have renewed significance for us today including the ethics of genetic experimentation, and the causes of violent behaviour in some marginalised social groups”.
The cast is led by Ben Warwick as Victor Frankenstein (seasons at The National Theatre, Theatre Royal York, Royal Theatre Northampton, Watford Palace and The Finborough), with Max Gallagher as Henry Clerval (James & The Giant Peach, PIAF, Lara Cowin as Elizabeth Lavenza (The Obfuscati, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom), Louis Labovitch (STOMP!, Leave Hitler to Me) and Ashley Sean-Cook (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, My Pet Monster & Me).
2017 UK Tour dates
January 25, Bridge House Theatre, Warwick January 26/7, New Theatre Royal, Lincoln January 31-February 1, Norwich Playhouse February 2-4, Harrogate Theatre February 7-11, Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich February 13-15, Malvern Theatres, Malvern February 17/18, Lichfield Garrick, Lichfield February 21, Civic Theatre, Chelmsford February 22, EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge February 23, Cornerstone, Didcot February 24, Sandpit Theatre, St Albans February 27/8, Auden Theatre, Holt March 1, Key Theatre, Peterborough March 3/4, Carriageworks, Leeds March 7-9, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds March 10, The Broadway, Barking March 11, Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury March 14/ 15, Town Hall, Loughborough March 16, Grand Theatre, Lancaster March 18, Town Hall, Bishop Aukland March 21/2, Lighthouse, Poole.