“Thrilling, gory and deeply disturbing”: Altrincham Garrick opens year with ground-breaking version of Frankenstein

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Altrincham Garrick is to open the new year with a production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – and it’s not for the faint-hearted.

The production, which opens on Monday 17th January and runs until Saturday 22nd January, is based on Nick Dear’s adaptation of the classic tale.

Since being seen at the Royal National Theatre in 2011, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating in the two leading roles, Dear’s play has hardly been produced anywhere in the UK.

Garrick actors during rehearsals for Frankenstein

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker.

Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful creature is determined to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil, are embedded within this thrilling, gory, deeply disturbing classic tale.

Frankenstein opens on January 17th

Joseph Meighan, Artistic Director of Altrincham Garrick Playhouse, said: “Under the direction of Barry J C Purves, Altrincham Garrick’s production of Nick Dear’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein promises to be another highlight to rank alongside some of the truly great, ground-breaking productions that we have staged over the past few years.”

Warning: this play contains scenes of a graphic sexual and violent nature and is described as being “not for the faint-hearted”.

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