Sheffield production of Frankenstein sheds new light on iconic horror story

A stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror novel Frankenstein on stage in Sheffield gives the story an interesting twist.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 3:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 7:15 am

Midland Players’ production is based on Tim Kelly’s adaptation which strips back the story, so ingrained in popular culture, of a crazed doctor’s scientific efforts to build a monster, to reveal the complex narrative of a young man’s ambition to possess a power belonging to women - the ability to create human life.

This can be linked to current debates on personal identity, reproductive rights, religious freedom, toxic masculinity and nature versus man.

Frankenstein follows the journey of Victor Frankenstein, a recent drop-out from university, as he and his best friend Henry Clerval struggle to create a new bride for his lonely Creature.

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The Creature and Elizabeth, played by Adam Booth and Hope Baxter, in the Midland Players production of Frankenstein

As the Creature gains strength of character and a desire to find his place in the world, Frankenstein finds himself spiralling into a deadly torment and must make the impossible choice between saving what he loves or accepting his fate at the hands of his own disturbing creation.

The production contains flashing lights, fake blood, gunshots and scenes that some audience members audience may find distressing.

Frankenstein runs from February 19-22, with shows starting at 7.30pm, at the University of Sheffield Drama Studio, Glossop Road.

Tickets £10 (£8 concessions) are available from, via [email protected] or on 07928 276 383.