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Belgrade Theatre review: Frankenstein

Frankenstein, Belgrade B2, Coventry, October 2-12.

Coventry audiences will be among the first to see a bold new staging of Mary Shelley's classic 1818 gothic horror novel Frankenstein, which places the writer herself at the centre of the drama.

In Rona Munro's new adaptation, it is Mary Shelley who stands in the spotlight as she wrestles with her seminal creation and with the stark realities facing revolutionary young women, then as now. The play, a co-production for the Belgrade, premieres in Perth, but receives a national press night in Coventry on October 3.

Shelley is played by Scottish star Eilidh Loan, with Michael Moreland as The Monster, and Thierry Mabonga as Henry. Ben Castle-Gibb makes his professional debut as the creature's creator Frankenstein.

The play is part of the B2 Season of Love and Belonging. And Rona Munro, who has written extensively for stage, radio, television and film, said: "Mary Shelley was only 18 when she wrote the novel and she'd already broken every social rule that should have shaped her life. The story is told in the voice of that defiant and passionate young girl, accusing her elders and the culture of her age, and intent on terrifying the whole world."

Tickets from the Belgrade box office on 024 7655 3055 or at www.belgrade.co.uk