Gothic horror brought to life

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A new adaptation of a Gothic horror masterpiece will be played out on stage at Alnwick Playhouse next week.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, adapted for the stage by John Ginman, will fuse ensemble storytelling, live music and stunning theatricality.

From the artistic team behind Blackeyed Theatre’s hugely successful 2013 production of Dracula, Frankenstein promises a fresh, exciting take on a work of romantic, Gothic and science fiction literature.

Set in Geneva in 1816, Victor Frankenstein obsesses in the pursuit of nature’s secret, the elixir of life itself.

But nothing can prepare him for what he creates.

So begins a gripping life or death adventure, taking him to the ends of the earth and beyond.

Blackeyed Theatre is one of the UK’s leading touring theatre companies, with over 12 years’ experience of bringing exciting, high quality work to over 100 towns and cities across the UK, from Eastbourne to Dundee.

Artistic director Adrian McDougall said: “There are two common misconceptions in the world of theatre: firstly that work that’s commercially successful can’t be ground-breaking, unconventional or brave; and conversely that work that is ground-breaking, unconventional or brave can’t also be commercially successful, even self-funding.

“My belief is that theatre can and should be sustainable, both commercially and artistically.

“What that means in practice is performing work that people want to see in ways that can still surprise, provoke and inspire. For me and the incredibly talented artists who contribute to what we do, that means remembering what it is to be an artist, what it is to create and not being dependent on public money to do so.”

Frankenstein will be on stage on Thursday, October 20, at 7.30pm, for audiences aged 12 and over. Tickets on 01665 510785 or www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk