Game of Thrones actor Ian Gelder is to star as Frankenstein director James Whale in the stage premiere of Gods and Monsters at the Southwark Playhouse.
Gelder, Kevan Lannister in the epic TV drama, will be joined by Will Austin as gardener Clayton Boone, who becomes the object of Whale’s obsession.
Gods and Monsters, directed by Russell Labey and produced by Danielle Tarento, will have a five-week season from February 5-March 7.
Horror movie director James Whale, long forgotten by the studios and in reclusive Hollywood retirement, has fallen victim to a series of strokes.
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.
Gods and Monsters is based on the novel Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram – the same source material as for the 1998 Oscar-winning movie, Gods And Monsters.
English film director, theatre director and actor, James Whale was openly gay throughout his career. He is best remembered for four classic horror films: Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
Ian Gelder’s distinguished stage career includes playing Marcus Andronicus in Lucy Bailey’s acclaimed, ultra-gory production of Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare’s Globe.
Other credits include Jack Bryant in Roots at the Donmar Warehouse, Kent in Michael Attenborough’s King Lear at the Ameida, The Low Road at the Royal Court, and Larry in Company at Sheffield Crucible.
On TV he has featured in Mr Selfridge, Endeavour, and Psychoville.
Will Austin has just finished filming Mission Impossible 5 with Tom Cruise. He was in 24: Die Another Day alongside Kiefer Sutherland and Danny Boyle’s Babylon.
Gods and Monsters marks his professional London stage debut.
The rest of the cast are: Lachele Carl (TV: The Honourable Woman, Dr Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures).
On stage she has just appeared in the acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire with Gillian Anderson at the Young Vic.
Will Rastall was Serius in Game of Thrones. At Theatre 503 in London he recently appeared in both Mock Tudor and Daddy Took My Debt Away.
Joey Phillips has just graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Gods and Monsters marks his professional London stage debut.