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Another ‘monster smash’ at Gala Theatre

ByDave Stopher

Oct 21, 2016

Blackeyed Theatre’s brand new stage adaption will put the frighteners on the audience as their production of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror masterpiece comes to the Gala Theatre stage on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 October as part of their UK tour.

John Ginman, who adapted the 2013 production Dracula, fuses bold ensemble storytelling, live music, puppetry and stunning theatricality to create a fresh telling of what has become a landmark of world literature.

Audiences will be transported back to the gothic splendour of 19th century Geneva where Victor Frankenstein obsesses in pursuit of nature’s secret, the creation of life itself.

Nothing can prepare Victor for what he creates as he experiments and is taken on a life or death adventure to the ends of the earth and beyond.

Bringing the monster to life is Bunraku-style puppetry, a unique feature designed and built by Yvonne Stone, creator of the puppets featured in The National Theatre’s War Horse, which adds an exciting new dimension to 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.”

Tickets are priced at £15 (£13 concession and £12 Gala Members) and are available by contacting 03000 266 600, visiting Gala in person or online at www.galadurham.co.uk.