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Frankenstein – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Eric Gracey from the novel by Mary Shelley Director: Mark Webster Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Most would claim to at least have heard of Mary Shelley’s gothic novel, Frankenstein, about the man who thinks he can play God, creating a living, breathing human. In just short of an hour, Blue Orange Arts presents the story from the monster’s viewpoint with ...

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Frankenstein – Arnos Vale Cemetery

Writer: Matt Grinter from the novel by Mary Shelley  Director: Rebecca Robson Designer: Molly Hawkins Reviewer: Leah Tozer Playing God in an Anglican chapel is, like Frankenstein’s Creature, ‘fearless, and therefore powerful’. Amongst the gravestones at Arnos Vale, Red Rope Theatre stitch together and stage their agonized, magnificently imagined Frankenstein’s Monster at the cemetery’s Victorian altar in Matt Grinter’s elegiac, gorgeously gothic imagining of Mary ...

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Frankenstien – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Mary Shelley Adaptor: April De Angelis Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: Jim Gillespie  Marking 200 years since the publication of the ground-breaking novel, The Royal Exchange Theatre offer us a new adaptation of the Frankenstein story. The anniversary is excuse enough, if one were needed, to refresh our fascination for a story which has seemed to speak to every generation ...

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Frankenstein – Lamp Room, Barnsley

Script: Nick Dear Director: Shane Gough Reviewer: Ruth Jepson A barn house like structure, covered in patches of skin type material. A shadowy figure writhing behind. A heartbeat sound effect. Oh dear, there’s going to be an awkward birth scene isn’t there? So starts Frankenstein, not with the horror movie flash of lightning and a giggling scientist, thankfully, but with ...

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Frankenstein – Salisbury Playhouse

Writers : Howard Coggins and Stu McLoughlin Director : Craig Edwards Reviewer : Joan Phillips Living Spit return to the stage with their new production, Frankenstein, co-produced by Salisbury Playhouse Only three years ago this hugely talented duo were playing in the cellars at Bristol Old Vic in front of a tiny audience. With a combination of bad props, hilarious ...

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Victor Frankenstein – King’s Arms Theatre, Salford

Adaptor: Rose Biggin (from the novel by Mary Shelley) Director: Amy Liptrott Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Victor Frankenstein is full of ideas about the source novel, about performance, and about the nature of theatrical experience but these never quite come together into a coherent and satisfying production. There are many strong elements here but they are undermined by a range ...

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Dr Frankenstein’s Travelling Freakshow – Lantern Theatre, Liverpool

Writers: Antonio Rimola and Justin Cliffe Director: Justin Cliffe Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin [Rating:4.0] Here we have a monster production that's also monstrous – but in the most positive way. Tin Shed Theatre Company's version of the much celebrated theme reminds us of the cruelty of the age in which the tale was conceived. The show pulsates with energy from the ...

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Dr Frankenstein’s Travelling Freak Show – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writers: Antonio Rimola and Justin Cliffe Music: Inc.a Director: Justin Cliffe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] Mary Shelley’s debut novel, published when she was just twenty-one in 1818, has often been called the first true science-fiction novel. It focuses on Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant scientist, who succeeds in constructing a “man” and imbuing his creature with life. Immediately, however, he is ...

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