Young Frankenstein

‘literally impossible to stop laughing’

‘an evening of gloriously impure fun’

‘so witty and inventive’

Mel Brooks’ quirky musical Young Frankenstein receives its West End premiere at London’s Garrick Theatre, opening for a limited season beginning September 2017. Based on the 1974 Oscar-nominated film co-written with Thomas Meehan and starring Gene Wilder, the brand new production follows a Broadway run that closed in 2009.

Young Frankenstein is the wickedly inspired re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, which sees the creation of a creature that cannot be controlled. When Frederick Frankenstein, a New York brain surgeon and professor, inherits a Transylvanian castle and laboratory from his genius, but deranged grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein, he quickly has some decisions to make.

Facing a scary dilemma, young Frankenstein must choose whether to run from his grandfather’s frightening legacy or to continue to crazily experiment with reanimating the dead. And, in the process, will he fall in love with his sultry lab assistant, Inga?

Originally opening on Broadway in 2007, directed by Susan Stroman, Young Frankenstein received a variety of views, running for 484 performances. Stroman returns to direct a revamped, restyled production, reuniting with Mel Brooks and the creative team behind their last hit, The Producers.

A hilarious parody of cult horror films, Young Frankenstein continues to play to rave reviews at the Garrick Theatre.

Cast and Creative

Based on the 1974 film, Young Frankenstein features a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, whose previous musicals include The Producers. Susan Stroman (The Scottsboro Boys, Crazy for You) directs and choreographs, with set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by William Ivey Long, orchestrations by Dough Besterman, lighting design by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Gareth Owen.

Casting has been announced, including Hadley Fraser (Les Miserables, City of Angels) as Dr Frankenstein, Cory English as Igor, as well as Lesley Joseph as Frau Blucher, Diane Pilkington, Summer Strallen and Patrick Clancy.

Additional casting includes 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.

Song List

Act I

  • “Overture” – Orchestra
  • “The Happiest in Town” – Kemp and Villagers
  • “The Brain” – Frederick and Students
  • “Please Don’t Touch Me” – Elizabeth and Voyagers
  • “Together Again” – Frederick and Igor
  • “Roll in the Hay” – Frederick, Igor and Inga
  • “Join the Family Business” – Frederick, Victor and Ancestors
  • “He Vas My Boyfriend” – Frau Blucher
  • “Alone” – Elizabeth
  • “Life, Life” – Frederick, Igor, Inga and Blucher
  • “Welcome to Transylvania” – Transylvania Quartet
  • “Transylvania Mania” – Frederick, Igor, Inga, Kemp and Villagers

Act II

  • “He’s Loose” – Kemp and Villagers
  • “Listen to Your Heart” – Inga
  • “Surprise” – Elizabeth, Igor, Blucher and Entourage
  • “Please Send Me Someone” – The Hermit
  • “Man About Town” – Frederick
  • “Puttin’ on the Ritz” – Frederick, The Monster, Igor, Inga and Ensemble
  • “Deep Love” – Elizabeth
  • “Frederick’s Soliloquy” – Frederick
  • “Deep Love (Reprise)” – The Monster
  • “Finale Ultimo” – The Company

Show Lengths and Times

Young Frankenstein opened at the Garrick Theatre London on October 10th 2017, with previews beginning September 28th 2017. The show has extended its run.

Show running time is 2 hours 20 minutes, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Young Frankenstein may not be suitable for young children. All persons entering the theatre must have their own ticket.

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Tickets

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Reviews

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13 comments

  1. Saw this at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle last night and I can say in all honesty that this is fantastic, cried with laughter; Well done all those involved in this.

  2. This was one of the funniest shows that I have seen in years. The audience in Newcastle was absolutely hanging on every word and the laughter was loud and long lasting . Mel Brooks was given a standing ovation when he entered the stalls and also ,when he went on stage at the curtain calls. What an exciting nights entertainment.

  3. Just watched this at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle. What a fantastic show. Staging (scenery and props) was impressive and cast phenomenal.

  4. Fantastic!! Saw it last night 9th September at The Theatre Royal, Newcastle. My husband and I cried with laughter. Best show we have seen in years! The cast were amazing…would watch it again and again and again. I’m sure it’s going to be a massive hit in London!

  5. Wow !
    Not sure I have laughed so much in ages, if ever.
    I just watched this on the first Saturday ( I think ) at the Garrick Theatre and if there is any justice this is a show which will run and run.
    Full marks to all the cast for a wonderful night out.

  6. Saw this tonight in London, it’s very funny and I laughed so much there were tears running down my cheeks. It’s a good night out and the audience loved it with a standing ovation at the end.

  7. Fabulous show – saw opening Preview Night in London and want to go back -great performance but particularly loved Lesley Joseph “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Roll in the Hay” – very funny throughout.

  8. Still laughing now thinking back on todays matinee performance. Brilliant, brilliant performance by all. Do not miss this!

  9. Just saw the show Saturday 13th Jan. Brilliant musical, very funny had us all laughing, performance was astounding, songs were great, heard all the words clearly, wanted to join in as so catchy, a great experience. The stars were amazing, so much effort was put in, everyone on stage made the performance so passionate, long may it continue, a credit to the original film, can’t thank you all enough for a truly memorable experience. With all the sad things in the world this show made you forget all of that for a couple of hours xx

  10. Mel Brooks has again shown the American Musical is alive and well here in UK. Not since I saw Jerry Lewis here in Damn Yankees, at Adelphi Theatre, have I been so overwhelmed by a USA Production. The superb burlesque powerful sound and ‘in your face’ staging is that mind blowing sensation only the American theatre has the magic to do. To all concerned hugs and thanks to round off trips to GARRICK THEATRE London. The joy now would be Mel Brooks presenting his own traditional Pantomime here in UK, resplendent by his total disregard of political correctness and whatever follows. Boy, do we need this now!!

  11. Very good, enjoyed it, ended to soon, thoroughly enjoyable monster, was so funny. All were very very good, will go back and see it again.

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