Prepare for a monster hit at the Hen & Chickens Theatre, as Bride of Wankenstein receives its world premiere this month. Premiered in the same year that marks the bicentenary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein, this new play by Oliver Myers runs for one week only from 9 to 13 October 2018.
William Wankenstein is a science genius. But at the age of 30, he is also a virgin who feels shunned by society, and women in particular. So William does what any reputable scientist would do, he designs and builds his own perfect woman. All he has to do now is give her life… and convince her to fall in love with him.
The dark comedy exploring what happens when the toxic masculinity of the internet spills into the real world stars Harry Farmer as William Wankenstein. He’s joined in Bride of Wankenstein by Lucinda Davidson and Mica Williams.
Nadia Papachronopoulou directs the scarily pertinent comedy, having previously worked as Resident Director of Simon Callow’s The Philanthropist in the West End and as Assistant Director at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Her other credits include this year’s world premiere of After the Ball at Upstairs at the Gatehouse.
Mary Shelley‘s classic gothic novel Frankenstein was published anonymously in 2018 when she was just 20. It’s gone on to become one of literature’s most famous horror stories, spawning countless spin-offs.
Onscreen, Hollywood’s Universal Pictures had a 1931 hit with Frankenstein. It followed this with its first sequel The Bride of Frankenstein in 1935, which many experts consider to have surpassed the original. Directed by James Whale, it starred Boris Karloff as the Monster and Elsa Lanchester as both Shelley and the Monster’s intended.
Lucinda Davidson (Pandora) graduated from Arts University Bournemouth in 2014. Since then she has worked extensively in Film, Television and Theatre. Earlier this year she made her TV debut on BBC1 playing Suffragette Lillian Lenton in Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley. She has just finished filming a new Amazon Prime Series Sex Ed where she plays the lead, Eddie.
Harry Farmer (William Wankenstein) graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts on an honours scholarship and has since appeared on U.S television as well as in numerous short and feature films. Ben Brantley named him a New York Times Critics Pick for his performance in the U.S. premiere of Phillip Ridley’s Tonight With Donny Stixx and he has just finished working on Saw II-IV director, Darren Lynn Bousman’s latest project.
Mica Williams (Beth) is a Welsh actress who has just finished filming for an Amazon Prime series Sex Ed and recently garnered positive reviews in the one-woman play Good Time Girl. Earlier this year, Mica played Grace in Istanbul: You’ll Never Walk Alone and has also appeared on Eastenders.