About the showThe hilarious Mel Brooks comedy Young Frankenstein premieres on the West End on 28th September 2017 at the Garrick Theatre in an ingenious musical reworking of the great film, by the legendary comedian himself.
Young Frankenstein was first created as a movie in 1974 by Mel Brooks, starring Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman, quickly becoming one of the most popular comedy films of the 20th century, receiving a huge range of awards including Oscars and Golden Globes.
In 2007 Brooks brought a brilliantly witty musical version of his film to Broadway, which ran for over 400 performances and toured both around America and the world. Brooks has now revitalised and rewritten this incredible musical specifically for its West End run, promising to be even more exciting, funny and cockney than the original.
Young Frankenstein is a parody of Mary Shelley’s classic horror story of the same name and the iconic motion pictures derived from it in the 1930s. Telling the story of Fredrick Frankenstein, the grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, he inherits the family estate and sets about taking up his grandfather’s mantel along with his peculiar sidekick Igor and a voluptuous lab assistant Inga. Packed full of the chaos and hilarity of the original film, the musical features unforgettable songs penned by brooks such as ‘The Transylvania Mania’, ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ and ‘He Vas My Boyfriend’.
Hadley Fraser (Les Miserables, City of Angels) stars as Dr Frankenstein, alongside comedian Ross Noble as Igor, and Lesley Joseph as Frau Blucher, as well as Diane Pilkington, Summer Strallen and Patrick Clancy. Additional cast members include Imogen Brooke, Matt Crandon, Nathan Elwick, Kelly Ewins-Prouse, Andrew Gordon-Watkins, Sammy Kelly, Richard Pitt, Harriet Samuel-Gray, Gemma Scholes, Emily Squibb, Aron Wild and Josh Wilmott.
Young Frankenstein is directed by Susan Stroman, the award-winning choreographer and director who had previously collaborated with Mel Brooks on the acclaimed musical The Producers.
Being created by one of the greatest living comedy writers in the world and with an incredibly talented creative team, Young Frankenstein is set to be one of the most popular new comedy musicals this year. With previews beginning on 28th September 2017 and an opening night on 10th October 2017, don’t miss out on getting your tickets now.
Who Should See It?Those who are fans of Brooks’ stand up comedy or classic parody films such as Blazing Saddles and Robin Hood – Men In Tights will love to see Brooks’ latest hilarious reworking on stage. Expect rude puns and slapstick hilarity in abundance.