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Frankenstein (2021)
Victor Gialanella adapted from the novel by Mary Shelley
Sat 30th October to Sat 6th November
Director – Steve Brown
Victor – Kate Ray
The Creature – Lukasz Nowacki
Henry – Gareth Cooper
Elizabeth – Shely Ganguly
Justine – Anne Rushfirth
Alphonse – Rob Lord
William – John Powers
William – Zach McDermott
Mueller – Karen Evans
Frau Mueller – Paul Forey
DeLacey – Alan Fenn
Metz – Leonie Slater
Schmidt – Colin Ritchie
Assistant Director – Izzy Cornwall
Wardrobe – Pam Coleman
Wardrobe – Chris Ingall
Lighting Designer – Karl Stafford
Set Designer – Simon Sharpe
Stage Manager – Becky Bartlett
Props – Les Rahilly
Projection – Karl Stafford
Special Effects – Paul Chokran
The Play

It is Halloween season and here is a staging of one of the classic monster stories. This production isn't a rehash of Boris Karloff's Universal Studios version, but a direct adaptation of Mary Shelley's Gothic novel for the stage. Victor Gialanella, the playwright, first brought this version to Broadway in 1981  and his adaptation of this classic tale of horror and suspense details the ill-fated experiments of Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to fathom the secrets of life and death. Purchasing cadavers from unsavoury grave robbers, he gives life to a creature which is both powerful and terrifying, yet touchingly innocent... but there is a high price to be paid for attempting to play God.

Reviews of the play

"At its core, FRANKENSTEIN has never been horror, but Shakespearian tragedy - the man who knows too much and has too few ethics, the being with too little knowledge but gargantuan feelings without the words to convey them, and the people around them forced to suffer from their poor choices. It's a tale more unsettling than anything else, and... feeling unsettled may be the scariest feeling of all. If you can leave this production of FRANKENSTEIN without having questions in your mind about humanity and responsibility, you haven't been paying attention. FRANKENSTEIN, like Halloween itself, is much more than thrills and chills. See this production, and face your fears." Marakay Rogers, Broadway World 2017.

"Gialanella, just like Shelley, makes Frankenstein's creation the character with the most layers and growth... it's hard to believe that you can actually feel compassion for someone who kills,'s easy to feel a deep sympathy for this lost soul who didn't ask to be born." Gil Benbrook,

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd.


EDI Information
In line with our EDI policy, we undertake an EDI impact assessment of all our artistic programming. 'Frankenstein' by Victor Gialanella has no specific diversity message within its narrative. The play can be cast with complete neutrality on gender and race/ethnicity.


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