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Frantic Assembly - Metamorphosis

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Adapted by Lemn Sissay OBE. Directed by Scott Graham.

One morning Gregor Samsa awakes to find himself changed. To those around him he is dangerous, untouchable vermin. Worse than that, he is a burden.

A word said, an action out of place, the opening of old wounds, none of which can be undone. Until now Gregor has woken every morning, quietly left to take the same train, and worked to pay off the family debt. But that world explodes on this morning of brutal metamorphosis.

In their first commission since 2019, Frantic Assembly and Lemn Sissay O.B.E. collaborate on this thrilling new adaptation of Metamorphosis. Combining the fluidity and lyricism of Lemn Sissay’s adaptation and Frantic’s uncompromising physicality, this promises to be an unmissable retelling of Franz Kafka’s shocking tale of cruelty and kindness; a visceral and vital depiction of humans struggling within a system that crushes them under its heel.

Commissioned and Produced by Frantic Assembly, in a co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Curve, MAST Mayflower Studios and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.


“…physically ingenious”

The Times

“…Frantic Assembly has been rewriting the rulebook for almost three decades”

The Times

“…an intriguing theatrical fever dream”

The Stage

“This is a wonderful evening of theatre; powerful, entertaining, thought provoking and visually engaging.”

UK Theatre Web

“Graham’s production is one of memorable images, thought-provoking ideas and Sissay’s fierce poetry.”

Not Exactly Billington

“A visual sensation”

Reviews Hub

“A stylish production”

The Daily Telegraph