Marking the 200th anniversary of the creation of Frankenstein, Blackeyed Theatre’s brand new stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror masterpiece continues its sell-out UK tour in the spring of 2017.
Geneva, 1816 – Victor Frankenstein obsesses in pursuit of nature’s 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.
Adapted by John Ginman, who penned Blackeyed Theatre’s hugely successful 2013 production of Dracula, this world premiere 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 3 people to manipulate it, adds an exciting new dimension to the retelling of the classic story.
Director Eliot Giuralarocca says, “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 Bunraku-style puppetry I’m hoping we can bring Mary Shelley’s gothic fairy tale kicking and screaming into life!”
John Ginman comments, “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 includes Ben Warwick as Victor Frankenstein (seasons at The National Theatre, Theatre Royal York, Royal Theatre Northampton, Watford Palace and The Finborough), Max Gallagher as Henry Clerval (Home Fires – ITV, James & The Giant Peach – Sell A Door, PIAF – Charing Cross/Bridewell), Lara Cowin as Elizabeth Lavenza (The Obfuscati – Theatre 503, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom – Fiery Angel), Louis Labovitch (https://www.londontheatre1.com/shows/stomp/STOMP! – US tour, Leave Hitler to Me – Arts Theatre) and Ashley Sean-Cook (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – Children’s Touring Partnership, My Pet Monster & Me – Blunderbus UK tour).
The production is supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Running time 125 minutes (including an interval)
Notes Ages 11+
Box Office Tickets are available from individual theatre box office. See
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Victor Frankenstein Ben Warwick
Elizabeth Lavenza Lara Cowin
Henry Clerval Max Gallagher
The Creature Louis Labovitch
Robert Walton Ashley Sean-Cook
Writer John Ginman
Composer Ron McAllister
Director Eliot Giuralarocca
Musical Director Ellie Verkerk
Puppets and Puppetry Yvonne Stone
Set Designer Victoria Spearing
Lighting Designer Charlotte McClelland
Costume Designer Anne Thomson
Education Advisor Danielle Corbishley
Producer Adrian McDougall
25th Jan Bridge House Theatre, Warwick – 7.30pm
26th – 27th Jan New Theatre Royal, Lincoln – 7.30pm Thursday, 1.30pm Friday
31st Jan – 1st Feb Norwich Playhouse, Norwich – 7.30pm (+ 2.30pm Tues, 1pm Wed)
2nd – 4th Feb Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate – 7.30pm (+ 2.30pm Saturday)
7th – 11th Feb Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich – 7.30pm (+ 1.30pm Wed, 2.30pm Sat)
13th – 15th Feb Malvern Theatres, Malvern – 7.30pm (+ 2pm Wednesday)
17th – 18th Feb Lichfield Garrick, Lichfield – 7.30pm
21st Feb Civic Theatre, Chelmsford – 7.45pm
22nd Feb EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge – 7.30pm
23rd Feb Cornerstone, Didcot – 7.30pm
24th Feb Sandpit Theatre, St Albans – 7.30pm
27th – 28th Feb Auden Theatre, Holt – 7.30pm Monday, 2pm Tuesday
1st March Key Theatre, Peterborough – 7.30pm
3rd – 4th March Carriageworks, Leeds – 7.30pm
7th – 9th March Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds – 7.30pm (+ 2pm Wednesday)
10th March The Broadway, Barking – 7.30pm
11th March Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury – 7.30pm
14th – 15th March Town Hall, Loughborough – 7pm Tuesday, 2pm Wednesday
16th March Grand Theatre, Lancaster – 7.30pm
18th March Town Hall, Bishop Aukland – 7.30pm
21st – 22nd March Lighthouse, Poole – 7.45pm