Marking the bicentenary of its creation, the fearless and powerful Frankenstein is reimagined on the Devonshire Park Theatre stage 17 – 19 November as, Blackeyed Theatre, in association with South Hill Park, reveal a brand new stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror masterpiece.
Geneva, 1816 - Victor Frankenstein obsesses in pursuit of nature’s secret, the elixir of life itself. But nothing can prepare him for what he creates. So begins a gripping life or death adventure taking him to the ends of the earth and beyond.
Adapted by John Ginman, who penned Blackeyed Theatre’s hugely successful 2013 production of Dracula, this world premiere fuses bold ensemble storytelling, live music, puppetry and stunning theatricality to create a fresh telling of what has become a landmark work of literature.
A unique feature of the production is the use of Bunraku-style puppetry to portray The Creature. Designed and built by Yvonne Stone (Warhorse, His Dark Materials), the full size 6’4” puppet, which needs up to 3 people to manipulate it, adds an exciting new dimension to the retelling of the classic story.
Director Eliot Giuralarocca said, “I’m really excited to be directing Frankenstein. It's a taut, gripping thriller, an exciting gothic fairy tale for grown-ups and a morality play all rolled into one. It’s always a daunting challenge to attempt to breathe new life into a classic but with a wonderful ensemble cast and a fusion of bold storytelling, music, sound and Bunraku-style puppetry I'm hoping we can bring Mary Shelley’s gothic fairy tale kicking and screaming into life!”
A story ‘to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart’ witness new life breathed into Frankenstein from 17 – 19 November at the Devonshire Park Theatre. Tickets £15.50 - £20. Under 25’s £10, Under 16s and Students £9. Book at eastbournetheatres.co.uk or call Box Office on 01323 412000.
The production is supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England.