metamorphosis cast
two men and two women hiding behind a door scared
man with multiple chairs attached to him
man carrying another man on his shoulder and a woman looking at them scared
man hanging upside down on the hanging light while two women and another man on the floor looking at him scared
actor hanging from the skylight
man suspended on his hands while the woman is feeding him
two women trying to hold a man back with his hands and another man watching from the side
actor standing and touching the roof
woman jumping happily
Show Information
Showing on:
Sat 11 November 2023
Approx. 2hrs 20mins, incl. interval
Age Guidance:
Owing to adult themes, some strong language and depictions of violence, this show is not considered suitable for those aged under 14.

Kafka’s Metamorphosis
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 OBE 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.



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Please Note

There will be a Q&A after the performance on Thu 9 Nov, 7.30pm.

Content to Consider

Owing to adult themes, some strong language and depictions of violence, this show is not considered suitable for those aged under 14.

Troy Glasgow


Theatre credits include: The Wife of Willesden (Kiln Theatre/Boston/NYC), DNA/Babygirl/The Miracle, Harper Regan (National Theatre); There’s Only One Wayne Matthews (Crucible Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire (Young Vic Theatre/St Ann’s Warehouse NYC); Fatal Attraction (UK Tour).

Film/Television credits include: The Bill, Holby City, Doctor Who, Skins, The Day of the Triffids, Adulthood, London’s Burning, MI High, Mr Harvey Lights a Candle, Shoot the Messenger, Piggy, World War Z.

Louise Mai Newberry


Theatre credits include: The Good Person of Szechwan (Lyric Hammersmith Theatre); The Climbers (Theatre by the Lake); The Smeds & The Smoos (U.K. Tour); Romeo and Juliet (Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory); Plenty (Chichester Festival Theatre); All’s Well That Ends Well (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) Lampedusa (Citizen’s Theatre); Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Pericles (Factory Theatre); Evelyn’s Roots, Adventures in Wonderland, Twelfth Night (Teatro Vivo); The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Arcola Theatre); Any Means Necessary (Nottingham Playhouse); The Snow Dragon (U.K. Tour / U.S. Tour); The Gruffalo (U.K. Tour / Ireland Tour); The Long Life and Great Good Fortune of John Clare (Eastern Angles Centre); Dim Sum Nights, Wave, Boom (Yellow Earth Theatre, U.K. Tours); Pick-Ups, The Sacred Nymphs of Natterjack (Bush Theatre); Not The End Of The World (Bristol Old Vic); Transmissions (Birmingham Rep); The Good Woman of Szechwan (Leicester Haymarket); Noah’s Ark (Walk The Plank); Hecuba (Theatro Technis); King Lear (Orange Tree Theatre); The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Royal Shakespeare Company).

Television credits include: Doctors, Doctor Who (BBC One); Blacklist (NBC); Goal! (BBC Worldwide); The Bill (ITV); Dream Machines (SyFy); Future Makers (Discovery Channel); Clifford’s Puppy Days (PBS Kids).

Radio credits include: Inspector Chen, The Good Listener (Radio Four).
Film credits include: Go Back Home, The Shape of Things, Screentime, My
One and Only, Fluid, Christie, Foreplay, The God Game, Fracking Regent’s Park, Put It On the Map, Tsuppari, La Jalousie.

Felipe Pacheco


Felipe is a Brazilian-British actor and movement artist who grew up in the North-West. He first trained at Columbia College Chicago and then the University of Surrey (GSA), graduating in 2019.

Most recent screen credits include Patterns (Amazon Prime 2023), Brassic S4 (Sky One 2022), and The Responder (BBC One 2021), as well as music videos for The Chemical Brothers (2022), Emeli Sandé (2021) and Rojaz (2020). Recent stage credits include Pistol in Henry V Schools Tour (Donmar Warehouse 2023), Roderigo in Othello (Frantic Assembly 2022/23) and the lead in Peter Pan (Alban Arena 2021).

Felipe has been a practitioner for Frantic Assembly since 2019, engaging and exploring the Frantic Method with performing arts students nationally and internationally. He is also a co-founder and Artistic Director of physical theatre company Buried Thunder and was part of New Adventures’ Overture cohort 2020/21.

Hannah Sinclair Robinson


Hannah Sinclair Robinson is a London based actor and trained at East 15 Acting School and Bath Spa University.

Her work in theatre includes: Bianca in Othello on the 2022 UK Tour for Frantic Assembly, Mrs Shears/Mrs Gascoyne in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time on the 2021/22 UK & Ireland Tour for NTP; Rockets and Blue Light sat the National Theatre; Helena in A Midsummer Nights Dream for Shakespeare in the Squares, Mandela in Water, Bread and Salt for Tangle International, Annette in Timothy at Vault Festival for Joyous Guard and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare in the Squares.

TV includes Doctors, Eastenders, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Killer Cops. Films include Urban Decay.

Joe Layton

Chief Clerk/Lodger

Theatre credits include: Othello, The Unreturning, The Fear: Ignition (Frantic Assembly); Partial Nudity (Fandango Productions); A Level Playing Field (Jermyn Street Theatre); Sam Wanamaker Festival (The Globe); Animal Farm (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Television and Films credits include: Young Wallander, Liberte: A Time to Spy, The Trouble With Maggie Cole, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, A Moving Image, Thirteen, Casualty, Father Brown, New Worlds.

Creative Team
Adapted by Lemn Sissay OBE
Director Scott Graham
Designer Jon Bausor
Lighting Designer Simisola Majekodunmi
Video Designer Ian William Galloway
Composer Stefan Janik
Sound Designer Helen Skiera
Costume Designer Becky Gunstone
Associate Director David Gilbert
Casting Director Will Burton CDG

Physically ingenious, and 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

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