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New Adaptation of Mary Shelley's Gothic Horror Story
Classic horror story Frankenstein is set to scare a new army of fans as Mary Shelley's timeless tale enjoys a UK stage tour during the early part of 2017. A brand new adaptation of Shelley's Gothic horror masterpiece will be performed by Blackeyed Theatre Company In association with South Hill Park, which will include two shows at the Lichfield Garrick theatre in Staffordshire on February 17 and 18.

A new adaptation of Frankenstein takes to the stage

Adapted by John Ginman, the new production of Frankenstein was created in 2016 to mark the 200th anniversary of Shelley's horror masterpiece. The new adaptation, set in Geneva in 1816, combines storytelling, live music and puppetry to create a stunning piece of live theatre that provides a fresh, exciting take on the gothic science fiction literature. The play focuses on Victor Frankenstein as he obsesses in his pursuit of the elixir of life.

The Creature at the heart of the new production of Frankenstein

Central to the production is the use of puppetry to portray The Creature. The full size 6 foot 4 inch puppet, designed and built by Yvonne Stone. who was previously involved in Warhorse, needs up to three people to manipulate it on stage. Blackeyed Theatre was established in 2004 to create exciting opportunities for artists and audiences alike and is now regarded as one of the UK's leading touring theatre companies. The company, based in Berkshire, aims to asks questions of its audiences and, in turn, invite reaction.

Frankenstein, Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff in the classic firm version of Frankenstein. By Universal Studios - Dr. Macro, Public Domain,

John Ginman commented: "Working on this has left me full of admiration for the achievement of the nineteen-year-old novice writer, who responded to the challenge of inventing a ghost story 'to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart'. This version seeks to provoke thought and discussion around many key issues that have renewed significance for us today including the ethics of genetic experimentation, and the causes of violent behaviour in some marginalised social groups."
The cast includes Ben Warwick as Victor Frankenstein, Max Gallagher as Henry Clerval, Lara Cowin as Elizabeth Lavenza, and Ashley Sean-Cook. The production is supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Lichfield Garrick
Lichfield Garrick entertains Frankenstein on Feb 17 and 18

Frankenstein can be seen at the Lichfield Garrick on Friday 17 February and Saturday 18 September at 7.30pm. Tickets priced 17 or 12.50 students are available online or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.

Forthcoming 2017 UK dates

Jan 25 Bridge House Theatre Warwick 01926 776438
Jan 26 - 27 New Theatre Royal Lincoln 01522 519999
Jan 31 - Feb 1 Norwich Playhouse Norwich 01603 598598
Feb 2 - 4 Harrogate Theatre Harrogate 01423 502116
Feb 7 - 11 Greenwich Theatre Greenwich 020 8858 7755
Feb 13 - 15 Malvern Theatres Malvern 01684 892277
Feb 17 - 18 Lichfield Garrick Lichfield 01543 412121
Feb 21 Civic Theatre Chelmsford 01245 606505
Feb 22 EM Forster Theatre Tonbridge 01732 304241
Feb 23 Cornerstone Didcot 01235 515144
Feb 24 Sandpit Theatre St Albans 01727 799565
Feb 27 - 28 Auden Theatre Holt 01263 713444
Mar 1 Key Theatre Peterborough 01733 207239
Mar 2 Palace Theatre Newark 01636 655755
Mar 3 - 4 Carriageworks Leeds 0113 376 0318
Mar 7 - 9 Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds 01284 769505
Mar 10 The Broadway Barking 020 8507 5607
Mar 11 Gulbenkian Theatre Canterbury 01227 769075
Mar 14 - 15 Town Hall Loughborough 01509 231914
Mar 16 Grand Theatre Lancaster 01524 64695
Mar 18 Town Hall Bishop Aukland 03000 269524
Mar 21 - 22 Lighthouse Poole 01202 280000
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Why? Classic Gothic Horror Story Takes To The Stage
When: 25 Jan to 22 Mar 2017
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Lichfield tickets 17 and 12.50 students
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