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The Queen’s Theatre’s world premiere of new adaptation of The Invisible Man

L-R Paul McEwan as Kemp & Matthew Spencer as Griffin - The Invisible Man.
L-R Paul McEwan as Kemp & Matthew Spencer as Griffin – The Invisible Man. Photo credit Mark Sepple

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is proud to be producing a world premiere of a new adaptation of H.G.Wells’ sci-fi classic, The Invisible Man, which runs from 27th October to 18th November 2017.

This new commission is written by Clem Garritty, Artistic Director of Kill The Beast. Garritty’s adaptation explores H.G.Wells’ integral theme of the pursuit of knowledge and how Griffin, a smart man exploring a strand of physics, can end up going mad at the potential power it gives him. One of the ways in which Clem is utilising his aesthetic, bringing a breath of fresh-air to the iconic novella, is by creating the character of scientist Lucy, a strong female counterpart to Griffin. Set against a backdrop of a Victorian, gothic London and completed with thrilling illusions and live music, this classic thriller will be innovatively bought to life by using an ‘anything is possible’ approach.

Kill the Beast is a multi-award-winning theatre company formed in 2012. The company has mounted three full-length, critically acclaimed productions (The Boys that Kick Pigs, He Had Hairy Hands, Don’t Wake the Damp) that have played to sell-out audiences across the UK. Combining darkly comic scripts, slick physical stagecraft and inventive use of projection, the Beasts have created their own recognisable brand of exciting, original comedy theatre and are fast building a reputation in the industry.

The cast includes Matthew Spencer (1984, Playhouse Theatre & International Tour; The Woman in Black, Fortune Theatre & Tour); Paul McEwan (The Seven Acts of Mercy & The Two Noble Kinsmen, Royal Shakespeare Company) and Eleanor Wyld (Don Juan in Soho, Wyndham’s Theatre; The Alchemist, Royal Shakespeare Company).

The production is directed by internationally-renowned Ryan McBryde (Faust, Altes Schauspielhaus, Stuttgart) and designed by Lily Arnold (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta, RSC) with lighting by Nic Farman (Working, Southwark Playhouse), movement director Ellen Kane (Tony-award nomination for Best Choreography on Groundhog Day the Musical), sound and music by Rebecca Aplin (first female winner of the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme), illusions by John Bulleid (The Star, Liverpool Everyman), fight consultant Bethan Clarke (Rc-Annie Ltd) and casting by Matthew Dewsbury (Royal Shakespeare Company).

The Invisible Man runs at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from 27 October – 18 November. Tickets are £12.50 – £29 with £10 tickets available for Under 26s at certain performances. Bookings can be made by calling the Box Office on 01708 443333, in person at the theatre or online at queens-theatre.co.uk.

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