Mary Shelley's brilliant, gothic tale of a monster is adapted by Adam Dechanel and staged by Simon James Collier. Doctor Frankenstein relates the dark tale of his life, where he became driven by the search for the secret to life and created a terrible being. Ages 12-plus.
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The book is hard to bring to stage or film, but this really didn't do justice to the story. If I did not already know it, I would have had difficulty following what was going on. Very disjointed - more a performance of scenes than a story as such - a "readers digest" version. The scenes regarding the Death of the child and The Bride had no emotional depth; I find difficulty in understanding how what I saw last night was the same production of the glowing previous reviews on this site. If you have bought tickets, save yourself the journey and rent out the DVD of Branagh's version ... or even Boris Karloff's!!!
Beautifully designed and atmospheric, thoroughly engrossed in the story -- you forget the sheer scope of the original book, which this production does justice. Really worth a look at...
What a show! First Jungle Book, now Frankenstein! with Dorian Gray & Jekyll & Hyde just round the corner its an exciting time for classics in theatre and Dechanel has a unique flair for it that provides the building blocks for a fantastic production.
Strong performances from a great cast, stylish set and costume design added so much to this classic production that fully deserves all the plaudits coming its way...
Superb production, thoughtful direction, faithful adaptation and a hugely talented ensemble cast -- absolutely loved it.
A haunting tragedy. It has always been a horror story, almost comical on occasion, but I saw a new dimension to the story in this adaptation. I felt sorrow for the creature. A show I will always remember, a beautiful production to be recommended.
A genuinely atmospheric show! Innovative lighting, inspired casting and a script that, as Mary Shelley says in the opening monologue, 'makes you question your very beliefs'. Relies more on the original work than the gore of today's movies. A tragic story that gives food for thought.