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Stage Editorial

youngfrankenstein.jpg I’ve got a real hunch about this one…

In a real coup for the Theatre Royal, the latest theatrical blockbuster based on a Mel Brooks film, Young Frankenstein, will open in Newcastle in August before transferring to the West End.

The last Mel Brooks film to make the transition from screen to stage, The Producers, broke all kinds of box-office records and hopes are high for this latest production that is based, if anything, on an even funnier film. 1974’s Young Frankenstein paid homage to the original Universal Frankenstein movies of the 1930s (to the extent that it was even filmed in black and white) but with added jokes and some extra scenes that would have surely improved even Mary Shelley’s source novel (such as when the monster stages a show-stopping performance of Putting on the Ritz).

The plot sees esteemed New York brain surgeon, Frederick Frankenstein, inheriting a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his deranged genius grandfather. He then faces a dilemma: does he continue to run from his family’s tortured past, or does he carry on his grandfather’s mad experiments? This production features local comedy hero Ross Noble as the hunchback Igor, as well as Summer Strallen, Hadley Fraser and Lesley Joseph, and promises to be one of the real theatrical highlights of the year.

Young Frankenstein, Saturday 26 August-Saturday 9 September, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 7.30pm (mats 2 & 9 September 2.30pm and 7 September 2pm). From £19.50. theatreroyal.co.uk