Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre tickets
Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre tickets

Young Frankenstein tickets from £23.50

Tickets from £23.50

Overview

Mel Brooks returns to the West End with a reworking of his hilarious classic film Young Frankenstein. With previews beginning at the Garrick Theatre on the 28th September 2017, and an official opening on 10th October 2017.

A recently revitalised and reworked show, Young Frankenstein is a musical by Mel Brooks based on his 1974 comedy film of the same name, which first opened on Broadway in 2007 and became one of the hottest tickets in town having ran for over four hundred performances before going on a US tour.

Young Frankenstein was originally produced as a film by Mel Brooks in 1974, staring Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman, receiving a huge range of accolades, including nominations for the Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay, the Academy Award for Best Sound and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

The show is a comedy version of Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel Frankenstein, and particularly a parody of the Universal Pictures horror films of the 1930s, including their adaptations of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein.

The musical tells the story of Fredrick Frankenstein (pronounced ‘Fronk-en-steen”) the grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, who inherits the family estate in Transylvania. Along with the help of his hunchback sidekick Igor (pronounced ‘eye-gore’) and a leggy lab assistant Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick lands himself in the mad scientist role of his ancestors. Expect cries of “It’s alive!” as he brings to life a monster to rival his grandfather’s and of course hilarity when it escapes.

The show is full of hilarity for those who remember the original film, as well as being brilliant for newcomers, packed with the panache of the screen sensation with a bit extra theatrical flair added in for good measure and featuring the hilarious and unforgettable songs such as ‘The Transylvania Mania’, ‘He Vas My Boyfriend’ and ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’.

Young Frankenstein is the creation of Mel Brooks, one of the most successful comedy writers of our generation having an immense career that has spanned film, television and musical theatre. His movies have included such smash hits as The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs, having won a huge range of awards including Emmys, Grammys and Oscars, as well as an AFI Life Achievement Award, a National Medal of Arts and a BAFTA fellowship.

Young Frankenstein is directed by Susan Stroman, the acclaimed choreographer and director who had previously worked with Brooks on his smash hit musical The Producers on Broadway and in the West End. Stroman has a huge range of awards under her belt, including the Tony Award for Best Choreography and Best Direction for The Producers as well as Olivier Awards for Best Choreography on both Crazy for You and Oklahoma.

Hadley Fraser takes the lead role of Dr Frankenstein, after making his name as Marius in Les Miserables in 2002 and also starring in Coriolanus and City of Angels. Hadley is joined by Cory English as Igor.

Young Frankenstein is set to make its West End debut on the 28th September 2017, with an official opening night on 10th October 2017 and is highly anticipated to be one of the most hilarious musicals to hit the West End this autumn with tickets available now.

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Perfect for fans of the original 1974 film, Young Frankenstein takes the best of Mel Brooks original hilarious movie and catapults it into the 21st century with this brilliant stage adaptation. This is sure to be a runaway West End hit, so don't miss out and buy your Young Frankenstein tickets now.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for young children

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 28 Sep 2017
Press night: 10 Oct 2017
Booking from: 24 Apr 2018
Booking until: 29 Sep 2018

Next available performances

DateMatineeEvening
Wednesday 25 Apr 20182:30pm7:30pm
Thursday 26 Apr 2018--7:30pm
Friday 27 Apr 2018--7:30pm
Saturday 28 Apr 20182:30pm7:30pm
Monday 30 Apr 2018--7:30pm
Tuesday 01 May 2018--7:30pm
Wednesday 02 May 20182:30pm--

Location and map

Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0HH

181 Reviews Add review

Young Frankenstein follows the smash hit musical, The Producers which I understand was not so well received by Broadway audiences.... More

samhaydenharler 171cm, 28 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Young Frankenstein follows the smash hit musical, The Producers which I understand was not so well received by Broadway audiences. However Mel Brooks has rejuvenated and refreshed this musical which is a roaring success with West End audiences and will have your sides splitting from the hilarity and jokes this musical brings. The plot of the show is very much the same as the 1974 film, Fronkensteen returns to Transylvania in the old castle where he takes up his grandfathers hated hobby of reviving corpses with electricity. Sounds odd – but it works. The musical itself starts in the science lab where he is trying everything in which to escape the legacy left by his grandfather. However before he knows it he is back at his grandfathers estate to create his very own monster. Hadley Fraser forms an almighty double act with his servant Igor, played by Cory English with a hump that just will not stay put. Summer Strallen is the blonde bombshell Inga, a lab assistant whose frontal assets are evoked in Fronkensteen’s line when referring to the medieval door to the castle as ‘What knockers’! Strallen welcomes audiences by rolling abound in a hay car pulled by two stage dobbins which had the audience won over in seconds. Lesley Joseph plays the mysterious housekeeper Frau Blucher whose name alone causes the horses to whine at the very mention of her name. Joseph sings ‘He vas my boyfriend’ which a confessional passion and one which shows another side to this talented actress who has graced both the stage and screen. Understudy Emily Squibb was on for Elizabeth who really strengthened the theatrical talent on stage with stunning vocal performances throughout and in my favourite of her performances – a side splitting rendition of ‘Tits’. Yep – that’s right, Tits. The show is full of humour throughout from the first number until curtain call. It isn’t particularly clever but it is pure silliness throughout and which transports the audience to disconnect from reality and enjoy the show for exactly what it is. Expect many innuendos and parades and there delighted us throughout. The often cheesy choreography was there to further add to the horror of the monster and the funny bone tickling nature of this show! The staging of the show including the set and lighting design serve to create an exciting atmosphere and compliments the performances of the entire cast throughout the production. With pyrotechnics and passageways there was never a moment when the show felt dull – it packed a punch for the right reasons. Young Frankenstein is a musical that allows the audience to enjoy the show and simply just laugh at what it is. It isn’t serious but it knows it is good and is often crude – but works…perfectly. Well done all and I look forward to watching it again very soon.

samhaydenharler 171cm, 28 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I saw the show within its preview period and found it to be a bit of a curiosity. As a fan of the original movie, as well as the ... More

ianwarde 5"5, 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I saw the show within its preview period and found it to be a bit of a curiosity. As a fan of the original movie, as well as the Musical Theatre interpretation of The Producers, I was hoping that Mel Brooks would again deliver something that retained the general feel of the source material, whilst deviating enough to make the venture something more than theatrical karaoke. I don't feel that this production was as successful in achieving this as The Producers adaptation was. The story is very faithful to the film, with many set-pieces and script elements being used without significant alteration. Presenting this material faithfully in a completely different genre meant that for me, some of the spoof element was lost. The songs were serviceable and heavily laced with typical Brookes innuendo, but other than a couple of stand-out numbers, did not seem very memorable. The performances however, were excellent. All of the cast were working overtime to sell the show, with Ross Noble's portrayal of Igor being a stand-out. Some of the set and lighting design for the show is phenomenal, especially during the 'Puttin' on the Ritz' set piece (although please beware if you are sensitive to slow strobe lighting). Overall, I enjoyed the show enough to justify the price that I paid for my ticket and could see that most of the audience were less concerned with the adaptation than myself. I'm not convinced that the show has the staying power for a substantial run in the West End, but would be happy to be proved wrong.

ianwarde 5"5, 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I'm not a huge Mel Brooks fan so I wondered if I would enjoy Young Frankenstein but, given the good reviews, I decided to try it. ... More

Showgal 5"6", 10 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I'm not a huge Mel Brooks fan so I wondered if I would enjoy Young Frankenstein but, given the good reviews, I decided to try it. I was also able to buy the ticket at a much reduced price due to the seat being RV. To be honest, it took me a little while to get into the story but I'm sure this was more my sense of humour rather than any fault of the production. Other people were laughing all the way through. It's a crazy, madcap story with plenty of slapstick style humour. The cast were great and really threw themselves into it. Overall, it's a lighthearted, upbeat musical and I left the theatre feeling uplifted and glad I'd seen it.

Showgal 5"6", 10 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was incredibly entertaining with the mick taking songs, and was extremely addictive to watch. Hadley Fraser was a phenome... More

cloeblock 5"6, 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was incredibly entertaining with the mick taking songs, and was extremely addictive to watch. Hadley Fraser was a phenomenal Frankenstein who was very easy on the eye. They got the timings for comical affect utterly perfect and had me in stitches the entire show. For such a small cast, the costume changes and character changes were extremely effective and showed professional skill. Josh Willmott I need to give a massive shoutout to as his character killed me he was sooo funny and made me cry with laughter.

cloeblock 5"6, 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show has translated superbly from the screen to the stage! Excellent musical numbers and laugh out loud moments sprinkled thr... More

tapwhizz 168cm, 45 reviews, 3 helpful votes

This show has translated superbly from the screen to the stage! Excellent musical numbers and laugh out loud moments sprinkled throughout. Lesley Joseph was mesmerising as Frau Blücher, drawing every last drop of comedy for the role. Gemma Scholes was understudy for Summer Strallen as Inga that evening and gave an absolutely fantastic performance for someone just out of college but then that is a reflection of how great Bird College is. Hope to see a lot more of this talented young lady Fab cast all round with great traditional sets and clever changes. High fives all round to cast and crew.

tapwhizz 168cm, 45 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I'm a big fan of Mel Brooks and The Producers has to be one of my favourite musicals, so this had a lot to live up to by compariso... More

gdeacon95 6'1, 67 reviews, 7 helpful votes

I'm a big fan of Mel Brooks and The Producers has to be one of my favourite musicals, so this had a lot to live up to by comparison. Luckily it did not disappoint! The show itself is classic Brooks with very silly humour and lots of running gags which get better throughout. There are some really great numbers and hilarious scenes. The performances from the whole cast were outstanding, with special mention to Hadley Frasier (Frankenstein) and Summer Strallen (Inga) who carried the show with their outstanding performances. Ross Noble too was hilarious as Igor and was excellent to watch. The music all sounded great from the band. I hope this has a lengthy run as I will definitely be revisiting!

gdeacon95 6'1, 67 reviews, 7 helpful votes

This was my second time and I enjoyed it even more! It is SUCH a fun show (for adults!). So many comedic lines delivered brilliant... More

albuspotter 5"11, 131 reviews, 11 helpful votes

This was my second time and I enjoyed it even more! It is SUCH a fun show (for adults!). So many comedic lines delivered brilliantly and excellent singing and dancing. It has the full package! This is a premium seat for Young Frankenstein but I got it for £35 on the day of the performance an hour before it started!!

albuspotter 5"11, 131 reviews, 11 helpful votes

Young Frankenstein had the brilliant comic timing, with the excellent direction of Mel Brooks and Susan Stroman it was a guarantee... More

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Young Frankenstein had the brilliant comic timing, with the excellent direction of Mel Brooks and Susan Stroman it was a guarantee. It had the audience laughing throughout, especially myself. All the songs that were created for this production were very enjoyable brining that extra comic moments and ones that leave you humming to when you leave the theatre. Particular favourites were 'Transylvania Mania' 'Roll in the Hay' and the classic 'Puttin' on the Ritz' which has transferred from the original film, and I can understand why! I can only hope a London Cast soundtrack will be on the cards in the future. http://www.rosereview.co.uk/?p=1242

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I laughed from start to finish with this production. The songs were incredibly daft and silly and I felt like I was watching an a... More

joc78 5"4, 238 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I laughed from start to finish with this production. The songs were incredibly daft and silly and I felt like I was watching an adult pantomime but for me it really worked. The audience were in stitches around me and were really enjoying themselves. I can't quite believe that Lesley Joseph is 72 years old - she is so quick and light on her feet and can really move!!! We all thoroughly enjoyed this production. A real 'pick me up' for if you need some silly entertainment.

joc78 5"4, 238 reviews, 4 helpful votes