West End’s Young Frankenstein Will Welcome a New Monster

London News   West End’s Young Frankenstein Will Welcome a New Monster
Tony winner Shuler Hensley created the role on Broadway and in the current production at London’s Garrick.
Nic Greenshields
Nic Greenshields

Nic Greenshields, the resident director for London's School of Rock, will succeed Tony winner Shuler Hensley as The Monster in the current West End production of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, which officially opened at the Garrick Theatre October 10.

Shuler Hensley
Shuler Hensley

Greenshields, who has appeared in London productions of Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, and Beautiful Game, will begin performances November 20, according to a spokesperson for the production. Hensley created the role on Broadway and subsequently in London.

After directing the musical’s Broadway premiere in 2007, Tony winner Susan Stroman returned to helm the U.K. bow.

Stroman and Brooks, along with late co-writer Thomas Meehan, reworked the show for its new incarnation. Changes include revisions to dialogue and lyrics to cater to a London audience. Some songs from the original have been cut, and two new numbers have been added.

Read reviews for the London production here.

The cast is led by Hadley Fraser as Frederick Frankenstein, with Lesley Joseph as Frau Blücher, Summer Strallen as Inga, Ross Noble as Igor, and Dianne Pilkington as Elizabeth.

Young Frankenstein features sets by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, and sound design by Gareth Owen.


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