Based on the novel by
In this daring adaptation of the classic novel, young scientist Victor Frankenstein brings to life a man-made creature, sewing together dead body parts with little thought to the consequences.
Abandoned by his maker and treated to the worst of humanity’s scorn, the Creature becomes intent on finding Frankenstein and making him pay...
This international hit explores the eternal themes of humanity, good vs evil and what happens when we blur the line between life and death.
"A hell of a production."
★★★★★, The Times
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We're looking forward to welcoming you back to The Court Theatre as soon as we can.
Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our show attendees and supporters, artists, staff and the wider community. The New Zealand Government is our one source of truth and we will follow all guidelines as per its directions. We encourage all of our community to do the same in order to keep each other safe, well, and strong.
For more information please refer to the Government's COVID-19 website for the most up to date information.Housekeeping
This performance will be staged in our auditorium, where we're regularly sanitising surfaces, including cleaning seats and tables thoroughly between performances. We have also placed hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the foyer.
We also ask for your support in keeping our theatre clean and safe and encourage you, and all of our guests and employees, to:
- Always practice good hygiene and wash your hands frequently
- Place rubbish in the bin at the conclusion of your performance
- Cover coughs/sneezes, dispose of tissues and make use of the available hand sanitiser
- Refrain from attending the theatre if you're feeling unwell to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for everyone.
Steven Junil Park
Assistant Stage Manager
Krystal Ramirez O'Gorman
Ensemble and Elizabeth | Agatha understudy
Ewan | Felix
"Nick Dear’s adaptation of the book was brought to life to rave reviews in 2011. And Holly Chappell’s interpretation of his script opened at Christchurch’s Court Theatre on Saturday, and it is a thrilling and thoughtful take on Shelly’s work."
"I was absolutely blown away by the clever choices made by the cast and creative team… This show is one of the most unique offerings I’ve seen at the Court Theatre and I enjoyed it immensely."
"Both a demonstration of the universality of certain themes and an accessible way to devour a literary classic, Chappell wrestles with an unwieldy text and succeeds in bringing it to life. That alongside the exciting prospect to see Kupa and Dowdell swap roles every night will make seeing it twice an appealing prospect to its fans."
"The young ensemble of 15 third-years from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts helped provide a pulse of energy and interest and they worked well together."
"The show illuminates the enduring relevance of the scientific and ethical questions raised by its author over 200 years ago. From its mesmerising opening to its chilling climax, this outstanding production will leave you questioning just what is it that makes a man or a monster?"
Fiona S Giles
"One of the most striking moments of the production comes as the Creature ascends Mont Blanc then crouches, gargoyle-like, on the set’s highest point, his long flowing cloak cascading to the floor to create the planes of a wind-blasted glacier."
"A thrill. The most viscerally exciting and stunning show in town."
"A monster hit."
Step further into the world of Frankenstein in our exclusive theatrical backstage tour!
On 28 August you’ll have the chance to see all the behind-the-scenes magic that went into making this thrilling drama, with tickets just $8 - $13.
Hosted by a member of The Court Theatre team, you’ll hear stories from our 50-year history and access exclusive, staff-only areas like our costume and workshop departments where Frankenstein has been made.
Please note that as this tour will go through our workshop and backstage areas, closed toe shoes must be worn for health and safety reasons.
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Terms & Conditions
© Nick Dear 2011. All rights reserved.
WARNING: Without limitation, any unauthorised radio or television broadcasting, or any other diffusion, public performance, editing, lending, exchanging, renting, hiring, exhibiting copying or recording thereof in any manner whatsoever or otherwise dealing with this excerpt recording in whole or in par will constitute an infringement of copyright.
The Court Theatre’s license to present Nick Dear’s play, FRANKENSTEIN from the novel by Mary Shelley is granted by Rosica Colin Limited, London.
All rights whatsoever in this play are strictly reserved. Applications for performance, including professional, amateur, recitation, lecturing, public reading, broadcasting, television and the rights of translation into foreign languages, must be made before rehearsals being to Rosica Colin Limited. 1 Clareville Grove Mews, London SW7 5AH. No performance must be given unless a license has been obtained, and no alterations may be made in the title or the text of the play without the author’s prior written consent.