Tristan Bernays‘ electrifying two-person adaptation of Mary Shelley‘s 1818 literary classic Frankenstein opens this week at east London’s Wilton’s Music Hall, transferring from the Watermill Theatre in Newbury. One of the greatest gothic tales of all time will come to life in the eerily atmospheric Wilton’s Music Hall in an extraordinary new production of running from 7 to 18 March 2017 only.
‘If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!’
The original story was written when Shelley was just 18 years old, and tells the tale of Dr Frankenstein, a young scientist who brings a gruesome body to life. Cast out into a hostile world, Frankenstein’s creature searches for his true identity and, on realising how he came to be, learns the pain of rejection and broken promises. Vengeful, dangerous and in bloodthirsty pursuit of his maker, the creature threatens to destroy Frankenstein and the lives of everyone he loves.
This brand new version of Shelley’s immortal tale is directed by Eleanor Rhode and reimagined by Tristan Bernays (writer and director of Teddy, winner of Best New Musical at the 2016 Off West End Awards and of Boudica at the Globe Theatre this coming autumn).
Bernays says: ‘‘I love monsters because they remind us what it is to be human – Frankenstein is a truly great monster story and I’m thrilled to be bringing this adaptation to the ethereal and atmospheric Wilton’s Music Hall.’’
Transferring from the award winning, internationally renowned Watermill Theatre where Frankenstein enjoyed a successful short run in 2016, George Fletcher (as Frankenstein/The Creature) and Rowena Lennon (the Chorus) perform this take on a powerful and dark masterpiece that explores the timeless relationship between parent and child, isolation, prejudice and revenge and speaks to our modern society. The production has movement by Tom Jackson Greaves, sound by David Gregory and lighting by Lawrence T Doyle.