Rona Munro discusses bold new staging of Frankenstein

A new theatrical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s seminal 1818 gothic horror novel, Frankenstein, is coming to the stage of the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh later this year.

Adapted by award-winning writer Rona Munro, the production will tour nationwide from 2 September – 30 November 2019. Further dates and casting are yet to be announced.

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.

“This story has been told and retold in hundreds of different versions since it was first written,” says Munro. “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 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.

Frankenstein, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 21–26 October, 0131 529 6000, capitaltheatres.com

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