Outdoor Theatre - Frankenstein

Outdoor theatre at Packwood

Join Illyria this summer for their brand new musical performance of this gripping tale in the beautiful gardens of Packwood on Fri 26 Jul.

Brilliant young student Viktor Frankenstein discovers how to endow dead organic matter with life itself. It is one thing to stitch together an anatomically complete organism, but quite another when it becomes a living, breathing creature that shows intelligence, feels torment – and demands answers of its creator. Viktor, disgusted by his creation and unable to face the consequences of bringing it into the world, escapes his claustrophobic university life to return home to Switzerland.

But the Monster is not to be put off, and it relentlessly tracks him down. Jealous that Viktor is about to marry his childhood sweetheart and create life in a more conventional way, the Monster resolves to ransom him until a wife is created for him also....

" “Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.” "
- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s seminal novel was published in 1818 when she was just 21 years old, and has never been out of print. It was conceived when she and her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley spent the summer of 1816 at Byron’s house on Lake Geneva. Byron proposed that they each write a ghost story to entertain the others. Mary was the last one to come up with her idea – but her story was by far the best and the most enduring.


This gripping tale is now a brand-new musical production created by Illyria, the first and only professional theatre company to have toured outdoor productions of Gilbert & Sullivan classics such as The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe, Ruddigore and The Mikado. It features a fully orchestrated musical score, a cast of professional actor singers, spectacular stage effects, puppetry – and flashes of the wickedly dark humour for which Illyria is justly celebrated. The show contains mature themes but is suitable for all ages 5+.

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