Sheffield, Crucible Theatre
Wed 15 - Sat 25 March
Tue 28 March - Sat 1 April
Tue 3 - Sat 8 April
A Northern Stage and Greyscale co-production
Based on the novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Adapted by Selma Dimitrijevic
Directed by Lorne Campbell
You are forever responsible for what you create.
Victoria Frankenstein is a brilliant, visionary young woman born into a world not ready for her. The industrial revolution is dawning and the British Empire circles the globe. It's an age of enlightenment, a time where old orders begin to crumble and everything seems possible.
Provided, of course, that you are an English-man.
Women are not allowed to study medicine in England, so Victoria travels to Ingolstadt, Bavaria to fulfil her destiny and become Dr Frankenstein. Convinced that there is no magic, no god, only undiscovered science, Victoria's experiments lead her to the very brink of human knowledge: the secret of life itself.
In the dark of night, a creature is given life. There is violence, there is anger, there is fear. There will be consequences.
This psychologically disturbing new version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein tells a truly great story of power and powerlessness, of fear and revenge; of the creative possibility and terrible destructive power of the human animal.
"Dimitrijevic's script pares the plot down to its essentials which, matched by sharp direction by Lorne Campbell, make for an absorbing 2-hour production" ★★★★ The Times
“Dr Victoria Frankenstein is the gender-switched, life-creating star of Lorne Campbell’s radical and illuminating gothic reboot” ★★★★ The Guardian
"The performances...are excellent, from a very strong cast. Polly Frame captures Victoria’s driven passion to defeat death while Victoria Elliott’s Elizabeth is the perfect complement" British Theatre Guide
"I thought the performance of Franeknstein was superb. Congratulations to all involved."
"The performance of Dr Frankenstein was excellent - atmospheric, chilling, superbly acted, and the set was just brilliant - really, really good production, would highly recommend it!"
"We all had an excellent night. Performance was amazing. We all had tears in our eyes."
Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (incl. interval)
Recommended Age: 14+ (contains adult themes and some scenes that younger audiences may find distressing)
Watch the trailer:
Director Lorne Campbell and Designer Tom Piper MBE talk #victoriafrankenstein
Here's Ed Gaughan who plays the Creature having his make up applied.