Full tour dates & further creative team announced for Frantic Assembly’s bold new adaptation of Franz Kafka’s ‘METAMORPHOSIS’

Frantic Assembly has announced full tour dates and further creative team for the bold new adaptation of Franz Kafka’s METAMORPHOSIS, a collaboration between internationally celebrated poet, playwright and broadcaster Lemn Sissay OBE and Frantic Assembly’s Artistic Director Scott Graham.

The new production will premiere at Theatre Royal Plymouth from 12 – 16 September 2023, before touring to Curve Theatre, Leicester (19 – 23 September 2023), MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton (26 – 30 September 2023), Connaught Theatre, Worthing (3 – 7 October 2023), York Theatre Royal (10 – 14 October 2023), Liverpool Playhouse (17 – 21 October 2023), Northern Stage, Newcastle (24 – 28 October 2023), Mercury Theatre, Colchester (7 – 11 November 2023), The Lowry, Salford Quays (14 – 18 November 2023), Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford (21 – 25 November 2023), Bristol Old Vic (10-20 January 2024), Belgrade Theatre, Coventry (23 – 27 January 2024) and a four week run at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre from 1 February – 2 March 2024.

Franz Kafka’s METAMORPHOSIS will be adapted by Lemn Sissay, directed by Scott Graham, designed by Jon Bausor, with video design by Ian William Galloway, music composed by Stefan Janik and sound design by Helen Skiera.

The associate director is David Gilbert, the casting director is Will Burton CDG and the producer is Kerry Whelan.

More creatives to be announced soon.



METAMORPHOSIS is a powerful and vital depiction of humans struggling within a system that crushes them under its heel. Gregor Samsa finds himself transformed from bread winner into burden in this absurd and tragic story.

Frantic Assembly are renowned for their use of physicality and movement and METAMORPHOSIS will be an inherently visceral production about the limitations of the body and the mind, of imagination and aspiration. All of this, coupled with the fluidity and lyricism of Lemn Sissay’s adaptation, promises an exciting and dynamic show.

METAMORPHOSIS sits aside Frantic Assembly’s Othello as the second production in their Iconic strand of work. Iconic sees the company take on titles that bring with them so much history and baggage, love and opinion and create vital, thrilling contemporary theatre.

METAMORPHOSIS is a co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Curve, MAST Mayflower Studios and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.

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