NEWS: Arrows & Traps marks 200 years of Frankenstein with new Mary Shelley-centric adaptation

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Five-time Offie-nominated company Arrows & Traps present their 11th acclaimed production, starting performances tomorrow night (26 September 2017) at London’s Brockley Jack Theatre, where it runs until 21 October. The company’s brand-new adaptation of Frankenstein, written and directed by Ross McGregor, marks the 200-year anniversary since Mary Shelley wrote the original manuscript – and puts the classic gothic novel’s own creator at the centre of the story…

I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together.

Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant and ambitious young student, discovers the secret of creating life from the remains of the dead. But elation at his triumph turns to horror when he realises the full extent of his monstrous creation.

Abandoned by the one who made him, Frankenstein’s Creature is left alone in a world that fears and rejects him, and soon his innocence turns to misery. Increasingly desperate and vengeful, he determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying bargain.

Arrows & Traps bring to life a remarkable brand-new adaptation of this thrilling and haunting gothic tale about the dangers of scientific irresponsibility and parental neglect. In this production, celebrating 200 years since the novel was first written, Mary Shelley herself is a character and central to the action.

The new version is written and directed by Arrows & Traps artistic director Ross McGregor, based on Shelley’s novel, and designed by Maisey Corie, with sound by Alistair Lax, movement by Will Pinchin and lighting by Ben Jacobs. In the cast, Cornelia Baumann plays Mary Shelley, with Christopher Tester as Victor Frankenstein and Will Pinchin as The Creature, as well as Olly Brassell, Victoria Llewellyn, Philip Ridout, Beatrice Vincent and Zoe Dales.

See also Frankenstein behind-the-scenes photos and video trailer.

About Arrows & Traps

Arrows & Traps Theatre Company seeks to produce bold, alternative and modern takes on classic texts through group analysis and experimentation. The result is arresting, fast-paced and vibrant, whilst being grounded in the original language and intentions.

Arrows & Traps artistic director Ross McGregor has helmed the company’s productions of Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale (Lion & Unicorn), The Taming Of The Shrew, Titus Andronicus, Macbeth (New Wimbledon Studio) Anna Karenina, Crime & Punishment (Brockley Jack), and Twelfth Night and Othello (Upstairs At The Gatehouse). McGregor trained at Warwick University and the University of East Anglia. His other directing credits include The Crucible (National Tour), A Doll’s House (National Tour), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (National Tour), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (National Tour), and regional tours of Northanger Abbey, Jane Eyre, Private Lives, Blithe Spirit and Steel Magnolias.

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