James Swanton’s new play, Frankenstein’s Creature, to premiere at Theatre503

  • First new work since the West End run of Sikes & Nancy
  • Swanton to play the Creature in a radical reframing of Mary Shelley’s tale
  • For under 26s, 100 tickets at just £10

James Swanton will premiere a new play, Frankenstein’s Creature, at Theatre503 this August.

His first work since the West End run of Sikes & Nancy, Frankenstein’s Creature radically reframes Mary Shelley’s classic tale from the perspective of the Creature himself.

Swanton will appear as the Creature for six performances at the award-winning Battersea venue. Opening night is 25 August.

Sikes & Nancy was described by Simon Callow as ‘a startling and enthralling contribution to the art of the theatre’. It transferred to Trafalgar Studios last December, following a national tour.

Frankenstein’s Creature is Swanton’s latest reworking of a classic story for the stage. Inverting the narrative to put the Creature in control, it unleashes this nineteenth-century creation on the twenty first, testing the limits of our empathy and morality.

“I’ve carved the novel into an unsparing confessional, which invites the audience to explore the Creature’s mind – maybe even his soul,” said James Swanton. “Having worked on the play for three years on and off, I can’t wait to finally inhabit this fiendishly complex character.”

Frankenstein’s Creature is produced by Dippermouth and directed by Jack Gamble.

“You won’t have seen Frankenstein told this way before,” said Jack Gamble and Quentin Beroud, artistic directors of Dippermouth. “James Swanton is a storyteller like no other, and this is his most ambitious story yet.”

“As a young company, we know that London ticket prices can sometimes be prohibitive for younger audiences. To help open up Frankenstein’s Creature, we’re making 100 seats available to under 26s for just £10.”

Full price tickets are £14, with £10 concessions for senior citizens, students, disabled people, unwaged people, equity and BECTU members. For under 26s, 100 seats are available at £10.

Frankenstein’s Creature is now booking at the Theatre503 box office (www.theatre503.com, 020 7978 7040).

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