Reaching into the dark heart of the terror, but with an added and unexpected twist, writers Nick Stimson and Jimmy Jewell have created a superb new production which places the classic story against the chilling background of a Geneva freak show in the early nineteenth century.
Murder, horror, loss of innocence and an unstoppable voyage into the darkest recesses of the human soul overwhelmed all those involved as they experienced the final desperate journey of Victor Frankenstein as he attempted to hunt down his nemesis in the frozen wastes of the far north.
Frankenstein is the most famous of all horror stories. For two hundred years this classic tale has fascinated and intrigued readers.
Loosely adapted from the famous novel of the same name by Mary Shelley, this music theatre production, set in the early part of the 19th century, reflects the high passions, ideals and fevered imagination of that glorious romantic age. The musical tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young, brilliant and driven scientist, who is obsessed with the desire to create human life out of dead matter - to bring the perfect human being into a world that is corrupt and far from perfect. Frankenstein assembles a Creature from body parts and brings the Creature alive. But the Creature is more than a collection of body parts and demands that his creator shows him love. Unable to do so, Frankenstein rejects the Creature and so begins a terrible story of betrayal and revenge.
One by one the creature murders all those who are closest to Frankenstein. When confronted he begs his creator to make him a mate, a female counterpart who will understand him and give him the love he so desperately seeks, promising that if he does this thing the Creature will leave him alone forever. When Frankenstein destroys the female he has made then the Creature seeks the ultimate retribution and murders Elizabeth, Victor's bride, on their wedding night. The last scene of the musical sees Frankenstein pursuing the Creature across the frozen icy wastes of the Arctic towards a final encounter and a shattering moment of truth.
There are 28 named parts plus a chorus of crowd, dancers and villagers, so plenty for even the biggest cast: Cast Breakdown
Take a look at some script, vocal score and piano/conductor score here: Perusal Excerpts
Although the musical is adapted from the Mary Shelley novel the story has been edited and tweaked to maximize dramatic impact. Some new characters and scenes have been included but the essence of the story remains as Mary Shelley intended.
FRANKENSTEIN is about damnation and salvation. It is an early form of science fiction where a scientist, a dangerous and unknown breed at the time, has the audacity to create life. When Victor Frankenstein realises what he has done he is appalled and shocked. When the Creature he has created, a perfect human being, innocent and angelic, asks to be loved, Frankenstein’s reaction is to try to destroy his own creation. The result of his actions turns the Creature from innocence to a terrible destroyer of life.
The popular image of Frankenstein’s Creature is of a deformed, stitched and roughly put together monster. In her original story Mary Shelley made the Creature perfect in all ways. The same applies to the musical. The horror must come from within.
In this musical the darkness and growing horror of the story is set against big comic
moments. It is a gothic horror musical and the greater the contrast between dark and light, the greater the effect on the audience.
The musical has many characters and can be played by a company as small as twenty or as large as required. Doubling and multi-role playing works well.
All the company need to be good movers. There are some specific dance moments in addition to stylized movement.