PREVIEW: Young Frankenstein @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Posted on August 17th 2017 by Whats on Northeast

In 1974, Mel Brooks unleashed one of his comic masterpieces, ‘Young Frankenstein.’ Starring the late Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman and Peter Boyle, it retold the Mary Shelley’s classic gothic novel in a way that no-one had seen before, tipping the story on its head and turning it into a parody of classic horror movies. It’s no wonder that Total Film ranked it in the 50 Best Comedy Films of All Time, while it’s number 13 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Funniest American Movies.

Now Brooks is breathing new life into his creation once again, collaborating with Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman to bring ‘Young Frankenstein’ to the stage – and it’s headed to Newcastle Theatre Royal before its premiere on the West End!

If you’re unfamiliar with Brooks’ take on the tale, here’s how it goes: Frederick Frankenstein (mind the pronunciation) is an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, but he ends up inheriting a mysterious castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his deranged but genius grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein. So, he has a choice: he can either confront his family’s tortured past (reanimating the dead and falling in love with his sexy lab assistant Inga in the process) or he can continue running and telling everyone how to actually pronounce his name. We know which option he picks, don’t we?

This new production features an all-star cast fit to fill the shoes of the comic geniuses who once portrayed Frederick and his cronies. Hadley Fraser – who’s performed in everything from ‘Les Miserables’ to performing alongside Tom Hiddleston in ‘Coriolanus’ – is taking on the role of Frederick, and he’s joined by local comedy legend Ross Noble in the role of his hunchbacked, bug-eyed assistant (well, servant) Igor. They’ll be joined by the talents of Summer Strallen and Dianne Pilkington.

So, get ready to journey to Transylvania to raise the dead – and a heck of a lot of laughs – in this spectacular all-singing, all-dancing version of a timeless classic.

‘Young Frankenstein’ comes to the Theatre Royal in Newcastle between 26th August and 9th September. For more information, visit the Theatre Royal website.

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