Frankenstein  
Frankenstein

by Nick Dear, from the novel by Mary Shelley

Directed by Karen Sheard

Evenings at 7.30
Tuesday 23rd - Saturday 27th January
Matinée at 3.00
Saturday 27th January

The Tower Theatre performing at Theatro Technis, Camden

To mark 200 years since the first publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, we present Nick Dear's powerful stage version of the novel, celebrating in dramatic detail the era Frankenstein was first brought to life.

A creature awakes into a bewildering world of sound and light. Childlike in his innocence, but grotesque in form, he is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck creator and left to understand and survive the world alone.

His initial delight at the natural world is soon outweighed by the cruelty he receives at the hands of human society. Increasingly desperate and vengeful at his fate, he determines to track down the one person who owes him reparation, to strike a terrifying deal.



Cast List

Victor Frankenstein : Daniel Draper
The Creature : David Hepburn
Elizabeth Lavenza : Lucy Acfield
M Frankenstein : Matthew Vickers
William Frankenstein : Charles Barakat
Clarice : Rachel Berg
De Lacey : Peter Novis
Felix : Aron von Andrian
Agatha : Ayla Mammadova
The Female Creature : Milica Guceva
Ewan : Richard Pedersen
Rab : Aron von Andrian
Gustav : Richard Pedersen
Servant : Tunde Hall
Ensemble/Housemaid : Lenia Korma

Other parts played by members of the company

 

Production Team

Director : Karen Sheard
Set Design: Jude Chalk
Costume Design: Kathleen Morrison
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Sound Design : Colin Guthrie
Movement/fight coach : Lindsay Royan
Wigs and creatures' make up: Lily Ann Coleman
Voice coach : Julia Collier
Stage Manager : Stephen Brasher
Assistant Director : Katie Smith



This is Lucy Acfield's second performance with the Tower Theatre. She joined the company last year, debuting as the villainess Madge Larrabee in Sherlock Holmes. Her acting life outside of the Tower Theatre includes a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts from Birmingham University, and training with the London Actor's Workshop.
 
Matthew Vickers has been involved with the Tower Theatre since Popcorn in 2003. More recently he has appeared in Coyote on a Fence, Foxfinder, Clybourne Park, Doctor Faustus and An Enemy of the People.
Rachel Berg trained as a professional dancer in Covent Garden at the West Street School, where she was awarded a scholarship for the Royal Academy of Dancing and went on to win the Alicia Markova Cup, awarded by Ninette de Valois. As a dancer and choreographer her career took her all over the world, with highlights including Sadlers Wells, Abbey Road Studios, York Minster, KoKo in Camden and the inside of a hot air balloon to mention only a few. Whizz forward a decade and two sons later, Rachel decided to reopen the theatrical box and started to perform with her local dramatic society, Garden Suburb Theatre. She has enjoyed playing Mrs Bedwin in Oliver, Yvette in Allo, Allo, Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing, one of "Two Ladies" in Cabaret and most recently played Cathy in The Regina Monologues at the Gaiety Theatre, for which she received an award for Best Actress at the Manx Amateur Drama Federation 2017. Frankenstein will be her second production with the Tower Theatre after performing in Nell Gwynn.
 
Peter Novis has been with the Tower since 1988. Favourite roles include Herman Glogauer in Once in a Lifetime; the Dada in Entertaining Mr Sloane; several parts in the annual Tower Shakespeare productions in Paris; an Ugly Sister in Cinderella; and Mr Dick in David Copperfield. He has also directed for the Tower in London, Paris and Cornwall.
This is Ayla Mammadova's second involvement with the Theatre Company following An Enemy of The People. Some of the previous shows elsewhere include Gregory's Girl, April in Paris, Waiting for Godot, Pygmalion, The Empty Quarter, Bedroom Farce and The Effect. She also wrote and directed a play called Different which helped raise awareness and fight the stigma of mental health challenges in Azerbaijan.
 
Milica Guceva joined the Tower Theater this year and Frankenstein is her first show with the company. She has previous experiences as an actress and dancer in Italy, Turin and Milan, and in the USA she performed in St. Louis for Clayton Community Theater. She has also done some acting on camera including short movies in Italy and in the USA and Italian TV shows. She's worked on The Avengers 2, her most exciting experience.
Richard Pedersen has been a Tower member for almost 30 years and has been involved in over 50 productions as actor, director or stage manager. His most recent roles have been Jerry, Professor and Brian in Road, Simon Stimpson in Our Town, and the drunk in An Enemy of the People. Last year he appeared on television in the Grand Final of the quiz show 15 to 1. Nevertheless, this is the first time he has been required to do a Scottish accent on stage.
 
Tunde Hall is new to the Tower and this is his first production. He completed the Acting Masterclass course at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, and is a member of the Actor's Centre in London. He played a Gotham City Police detective in the recently released Justice League film and an all dancing and singing convict in the Paddington Bear 2 film, and has appeared in EastEnders and Holby City. He has a second Bass singing voice and has sung for the St. John of Jerusalem classical choir and the CHAPS choir. Tunde originally trained as a Research Chemist but is now a painter, graphic arts designer, and writer. He says acting found him and is thrilled to be in this production. Tunde is pronounced "Toon-day".
Karen Sheard worked as Assistant Director on the Tower production of Doctor Faustus and as Stage Manager on Brontë and Othello. She has recently completed an MA in Playwriting at Royal Holloway University, where she studied under playwright April De Angeles, and theatre maker David Overend. She conducted her final dissertation on Gothic Theatre, with special reference to the adaptations and interpretations of Frankenstein. She has a degree in Creative Writing and is an author of Gothic short stories. A collection of her work is available on Amazon and her stories have been included in a number of anthologies. She wrote and directed the play Haven, which she showcased at the Soho Theatre in 2002.