Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein to open in the West End in Autumn 2017
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
MEL Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, the new comedy musical based on the Oscar-nominated film, will open at the Garrick Theatre on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, following preview performances from Thursday, September 28.
Prior to the West End, the production will run at the Theatre Royal Newcastle from Saturday, August 26 to Saturday, September 9, 2017.
Young Frankenstein, the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic, sees Frederick Frankenstein, an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, inherit a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his deranged genius grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein.
He now faces a dilemma – does he continue to run from his family’s tortured past or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather’s mad experiments reanimating the dead and, in the process, fall in love with his sexy lab assistant Inga?
Based on the hilarious 1974 film and co-written with Thomas Meehan, Brooks will once again collaborate with Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman for this all-singing all-dancing new production, bringing his and Gene Wilder’s classic movie to life on stage.
Produced by Mel Brooks, Michael Harrison and Fiery Angel, Young Frankenstein will have set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by William Ivey Long, musical supervision by Glen Kelly, orchestrations by Doug Besterman, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Gareth Owen, musical direction by Andrew Hilton and wigs and hair design by Paul Huntley.
Associate Director is Nigel West and Associate Choreographer is Richard Pitt. Casting will be announced in due course.
The London run for Young Frankenstein has been announced in the week that Mel Brooks is to be awarded the BAFTA Fellowship, the highest honour that the Academy bestow and a lifetime achievement recognising his remarkable career across the arts.
Tickets: From £20. To book, call 0330 333 4811 or visit www.youngfrankenstein.co.uk/.
Times: Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm; Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 3pm.
James Graham’s This House continues at the Garrick Theatre until February 25. It will be followed – from March 1 to June 10, 2017 – by a major West End revival of Molière’s classic comedy The Miser, starring Griff Rhys Jones.