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Friday, Oct. 27, 2006


Monster and myth merge to create a new Frankenstein

Frequent performers in Japan, TNT Theatre Britain will present "Frankenstein -- the Monster and the Myth," directed by Paul Stebbings and Phil Smith, in Tokyo on Nov. 7 and 18, and in Kyoto on Nov. 15.

Frankenstein -- the Monster and the Myth
Roger Clark as Monster (center), Leone Hanman as Elizabeth and Joseph Carey as Victor Frankenstein.

Based on Mary Shelley's novel and inspired by Hollywood movies, including Boris Karloff's iconic, 1931 portrayal of Frankenstein, Stebbings casts a more critical eye on human nature than Shelley to transport this myth to a present-day setting where modern science -- characterized by gene technology and stem-cell research -- is omnipresent. Stebbings has also rewritten parts of the original story, to create, in his words, "its best ending yet."

"Frankenstein -- the Monster and the Myth" will be staged at Karasuyama Kumin Center Hall on Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m, near Chitose Karasuyama Station on the Keio Line; Kyoto Kyoiku Bunka Center, near Keihan Marutamachi Station, on Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m.; and Tokyo Seiryo Kaikan, a 5-minute walk from Akasaka Mitsuke subway station, Nov. 18 (2 p.m.). Tickets are 5,000 yen in advance. For more info, visit www.stageplay.jp

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