FEATURED: ‘Frankenstein’, UK Tour

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‘Frankenstein’, UK Tour

An eighteen year-old girl, Mary Shelley, dreams up a monster whose tragic story will capture the imaginations of generations to come.

A young scientist by the name of Frankenstein breathes life into a gruesome body. Banished into an indifferent world, Frankenstein’s creature desperately seeks out his true identity, but the agony of rejection and a broken promise push him into darkness. Dangerous and vengeful, the creature threatens to obliterate Frankenstein and everyone he loves, in a ferocious and bloodthirsty hunt for his maker.

Rona Munro’s brilliant new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece places the writer herself amongst the action as she wrestles with her creation and with the stark realities facing revolutionary young women, then and now.

A new version of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ is set to tour the UK.

Scottish screen actress Eilidh Loan is to star as Shelley herself, with the author appearing onstage to personally unfold her monstrous tale of creature and creator. The cast also features Ben Castle-Gibb, Thierry Mabonga, Sarah MacGillivray, Natali McCleary, Michael Moreland and Greg Powrie.

The production will be directed by Patricia Benecke, with composition and sound design by Simon Slater, lighting design by Grant Anderson and designed by Becky Minto.

The Frankenstein UK Tour is co-produced by leading company Selladoor, Matthew Townshend Productions, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, and Perth Theatre at Horsecross Arts, the production will tour nationwide from 2nd September to 30th November 2019. Further dates and casting are yet to be announced.

Rona Munro said: “This story has been told and retold in hundreds of different versions since it was first written. But it remains the dark and rebellious roar of its adolescent author. Mary Shelley was only eighteen when she wrote the novel and she’d already broken every social rule that should have shaped her life. That’s the version of Frankenstein I’ve returned to, the version of the novel. The story is told in the voice of that defiant and passionate young girl accusing her elders, the culture of her age and intent on terrifying the whole world.”

The Frankenstein UK Tour is co-produced by leading company Selladoor, Matthew Townshend Productions, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, and Perth Theatre at Horsecross Arts, the production will tour nationwide from 2nd September to 30th November 2019. Further dates and casting are yet to be announced.

5 – 21 September 2019
Perth Theatre, Perth
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24 – 28 September 2019
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
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1 September – 12 October 2019
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
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14 – 19 October 2019
Brighton Theatre Royal
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21 – 26 October 2019
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

28 October – 2 November 2019
New Theatre, Cardiff
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4 – 9 November 2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
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11 – 16 November 2019
Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool
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18 – 23 November 2019
Richmond Theatre
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25 – 30 November 2019
Theatre Royal Glasgow
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13 – 18 January 2020
Malvern Theatres
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20 – 25 January 2020
Derby Theatre
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27 January – 1 February 2020
Theatr Clwyd
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4 – 8 February 2020
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
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10 – 15 February 2020
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
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18 – 22 February 2020
Eden Court Inverness
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24 – 29 February 2020
Middleton Arena Manchester
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2- 7 March 2020
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
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