5 Reasons To See Young Frankenstein In London
Based on Mel Brook’s hysterical movie from 1974, Young Frankenstein hits London this month. It follows the descendant of the original and infamous Dr. Frankenstein, Frederick, who is ashamed of his family’s weird history of re-animating the dead. He travels to Transylvania and is unable to resist connecting with his ancestor’s work, bringing to life a corpse and creating a monster. It’s a hilarious show, with the movie written by Gene Wilder and the book of the musical written by Mel Brooks, it’s packed full of jokes, sauciness and silliness.
Here are our five top reasons to see Young Frankenstein!
It’s A Mel Brooks’ Comedy
The master of the parody, Mel Brook’s movies and sense of humour has been in our lives for decades. His sense of balance, timing and silliness is unparalleled. He has said of comedy before that the key to making a story funny is to have as much real emotion in it as there are jokes, that you have to genuinely care about the characters before you can laugh at or with them. Anyone who has seen the original movie of Young Frankenstein would agree – the Doctor’s relationship to the monster is as sweet as it is unsettling and hilarious.
Lesley Joseph Returns To A London Stage
We’re thrilled to see Lesley Joseph’s return to the London stage in the iconic role of Frau Blucher, the creepy housekeeper of castle Frankenstein. Lesley regularly had us in fits of laughter with her role of the sauce-pot neighbour Dorien in Birds of a Feather, and she’s spent plenty of time on stage but usually in touring productions. It’s great to have her in one place for a while so we can see her take on Frau Blucher, her relationship to the Doctor’s family and why the horses neigh every time her name is mentioned.
Susan Stroman Is Directing
Working mostly in the US, it’s a treat for the award-winning choreographer and director Susan Stroman to work on a show in London. She’s worked on a few productions here over the years but it’s a treat to see her bring a show as big as Young Frankenstein to the West End. In case you missed previous productions like Paradise Found at the Menier Chocolate Factory or The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic, catch Young Frankenstein as it opens this month.
Having made his musical debut with the UK tour of Mel Brook’s The Producers, it’s no surprise that he makes his return in Young Frankenstein. In his West End debut, Ross will play the strange assistant to the Doctor, Igor, pronounced I-Gor. Originally played by Marty Feldman in the movie and Christopher Fitzgerald on Broadway, Noble may have some big shoes to fill, but if what we saw in the rehearsal room is any indication, he’s going to be fantastic.
Shuler Hensely Plays The Monster Once Again
There are few actors in this world who have played the same character in a few different mediums, but Shuler Hensley is one of them. He has played the sometimes terrifying, sometimes hysterical Frankenstein’s Monster in THREE different versions of the story. Originating the role in the musical on Broadway and now in London, he has also played the monster in the Hugh Jackman movie Van Helsing and in a cast recording of Frankenstein: The Musical. It’s rare to have the opportunity to step into a character so many times in so many ways, but Shuler is definitely up to the task – check out our interview with him at a recent rehearsal for the show.
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