Thursday February 5 – Saturday 7 March.
Gods and Monsters, directed by Russell Labey, produced by Danielle Tarento, will receive its world prèmiere in a five-week season from Thursday February 5 – Saturday 7 March at the SOuthwark Playhouse.
Ian Gelder – Kevan Lannister in the epic TV drama series Game of Thrones – is to play Frankenstein director James Whale and Will Austin is gardener Clayton Boone, who becomes the object of Whale’s obsession, in the world prèmiere of Gods and Monsters at Southwark Playhouse.
Frankenstein director James Whale, long forgotten by the studios and in reclusive Hollywood retirement has fallen victim to a series of strokes.
The only demons he fights now are in his head. Handsome new gardener, Clayton Boone, becomes an unlikely friend and unwitting player in Whale’s grand finale. Not so much a Hollywood history as a glorious imagining, exploring the sometimes divine, sometimes monstrous landscape of obsession and desire.
Gods and Monsters is based on the novel Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram – the same source material as for the 1998 Oscar-winning movie, Gods And Monsters.
English film director, theatre director and actor, James Whale was openly gay throughout his career, something that was very unusual in the 1920s and 1930s. He is best remembered for four classic horror films: Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
Call me fickle – but if these photos of Will Austin don’t convince you to see Gods and Monsters – nothing will. Lucky Annabel Vere.
James Whale – Ian Gelder (Titus Andronicus, Roots, King Lear)
Clayton Boone – Will Austin (Film: Mission Impossible 5, TV: 24) this is his professional London stage debut.
Lachele Carl. (A Streetcar Named Desire)
Will Rastall (TV: Game of Thrones. Stage: Mock Tudor and Daddy Took My Debt Away).
Joey Phillips London stage debut.
Director Russell Labey
Set & Costume Designer Jason Denvir
Lighting Designer Mike Robertson
Sound Designer John Chambers
Projection Designer Louise Rhoades-Brown
Producer and Casting Director Danielle Tarento (The Grand Tour, Dogfight)
Based on the novel Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram
Gods and Monsters is Produced by Danielle Tarento in association with Jason Haigh-Ellery
Thursday 5 February – Saturday 7 March
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD
Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Saturday matinee at 3.00pm
all previews £10.00 (5-9 February)
020 7407 0234