Ahead of its West End Premiere, Mel Brooks’ ‘Young Frankenstein’ is set to play exclusively at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle, running Saturday 26th August – Saturday 9th September.
As a re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s seminal masterpiece, ‘Young Frankenstein’ is based upon the 1974 film of the same name – following a plot which satirises Hollywood horror films from the 1930s.
Victor Frankenstein’s Grandson inherits the family estate after his passing as he strives to follow in the family business. Frederick Frankenstein is an esteemed New York brain surgeon and wishes to create a monster that will rival his Grandfather’s. With the help of his seductive lab assistant Inga, he eventually succeeds in bringing his creation to life – but all is not as it seems. Chaos ensues as the monster escapes from Transylvania Manor, and a night of hilarity is unleashed upon the audience.
Brooks will be collaborating with Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman, whose five-time Tony award-winning status will surely be a recipe for success, having choreographed shows such as ‘Oklahoma!’, ‘Crazy For You’ and the musical adaptation of ‘Big’.
Taking the lead of Frederick is Hadley Fraser, having made his West End debut as Marius in ‘Les Misérables’ and subsequently landing roles in ‘The Phantom of The Opera’ and ‘Coriolanus’ alongside Tom Hiddleston. Sultry lab assistant Inga is to be played by Summer Strallen, whose breakthrough came when playing Maria in ‘The Sound Of Music’ at the London Palladium back in 2008. Co-stars include Geordie comedian Ross Noble as hunchbacked assistant Igor, Dianne Pilkington as Elizabeth, and ‘Birds Of A Feather’ actress Lesley Joseph as Frau Blucher.
Tickets, priced from £19.50, are available now at theatreroyal.co.uk.