“Slowly I learnt the ways of humans: how to ruin, how to hate, how to debase, how to humiliate. And at the feet of my master I learnt the highest of human skills, the skill no other creature owns: I finally learnt how to lie.”
Sedos presents a new production of Frankenstein, by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley, at the Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street, from 17th to 21st October 2017 for six performances.
Nick Dear’s adaptation is a compassionate retelling of the original story, which looks at the process in which a new life learns what it is to be human, moving from innocence to knowledge and from gratitude to violent revenge. It’s a visceral show that allows the audience to see the story through the eyes of the Creature, leaving the question, just who is the monster?
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.
Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic Gothic tale.
The production has direction by Matt Gould (London Road, Noises Off, Into the Woods), sound and video designs by Adrian Jeakins (London Road, Cynthia Erivo: Hey, it’s been some time, Anthony Rapp Live in Concert), and set designs by award-winning designer Steven King, who has won two NODA awards for his work on Noises Off and Into the Woods. Joining the team are lighting designer Martin Walton, prosthetics and make-up artist Alice Batten-Jacobs, and fight coordinator Dan Styles.
Matt Gould, the director of Frankenstein, commented: “I have always been fascinated by the Frankenstein story — how someone can ‘create’ life, but then struggle with the enormity of what they have done and ultimately fail to love the life that has been created. The story asks us the most basic of all questions: What is a parent’s duty to a child? Can the wrongs of a child be attributed to the poor behaviour of the parent? Where do ‘responsibility’ and ‘moral judgment’ actually come from? And of course the most fundamental questions of all — is there a god; what is a god?”
Frankenstein was first presented at the National Theatre, London, in 2011, directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle.
Since 2012 Sedos has been the resident theatre company at the Bridewell Theatre, performing six to ten shows a year at the venue.
The Creature – Jonathon Cooper
Victor Frankenstein – Stephen Russell
Elizabeth – Jessica Rogers
De Lacey – Paul Francis
Monsieur Frankenstein – Simon Hill
Agatha – Lizzie Coles
Felix – Peter Shimmin
Gretel/Clarice – Kathryn Newbould
Rab/Gustav – Lloyd Smit
Female Creature – Samantha Miller
William – Samuel Jenshoj
Director – Matt Gould
Producer – Pippa Kyle
Sound and Video – Adrian Jeakins
Lighting – Martin Walton
Set – Steven King
Choreographer and Assistant Director – Tim Garrad
Prosthetics and Make-up – Alice Batten-Jacobs
Assistant Prosthetics and Make-up – Daisy Moor
Stage Manager – Andrew Laidla
Props and Assistant Stage Manager – Annie O’Brien
by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley
Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st October 2017
Evenings at 7.45pm, Saturday matinee at 2.45pm
Bride Lane, off Fleet Street
London EC4Y 8EQ
Tickets: £11.50 – £18.50
Box office: www.sedos.co.uk