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Review: Young Frankenstein at Norwich Playhouse

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scene with Dr. Frankenstein doing an experiment on the monster in Young Frankenstein

Prepare for a monstrously hilarious experience as Threshold Theatre Company brings “Young Frankenstein” to the stage at Norwich Playhouse. This sensational adaptation of Mel Brooks’ beloved film brings to life the quirky tale of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein and his wild adventures.

Let me share more about the musical (don’t worry no spoilers) and our review of Young Frankenstein at Norwich Playhouse.

*We were invited to the press night to see the show so that we could share our experience with our readers. Photos in this post were taken by Leo Jerome White and provided by Norwich Theatre.

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Young Frankenstein cast in the first scene of the show performing "The Brain"
Young Frankenstein’s cast is all local talent. (Photo credit: Leo Jerome White)

About Young Frankenstein

“Young Frankenstein” is a musical comedy that follows the story of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, a descendant of the infamous Victor Frankenstein. Reluctantly stepping into his family’s footsteps, Frederick travels to Transylvania where he becomes entangled in a series of madcap adventures.

Young Frankenstein brings the monster to life
What has Dr. Frankenstein done?! (Photo credit: Leo Jerome White)

With the help of a quirky hunchbacked assistant named Igor and an alluring lab assistant named Inga, Frederick attempts to bring a creature to life, leading to uproarious misunderstandings, mistaken identities, and comedic chaos. Filled with catchy musical numbers and Mel Brooks’ signature humour, “Young Frankenstein” is a side-splitting celebration of classic horror films and love.

Young Frankenstein Review

“Young Frankenstein” at Norwich Playhouse was an absolute riot! As someone who hadn’t seen the film but was eager to see the show as a fan of Mel Brooks‘ comedic genius, I entered the theatre with high hopes. Wow, did this show deliver on its promise to tickle the funny bone.

From start to finish, the entire cast was a force to be reckoned with. They effortlessly sang, danced, and brought the house down with their comedic timing. Joseph Betts, in the role of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, shone brightly with his charismatic presence and powerhouse vocals. He truly owned the stage and had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand.

Dr. Frankenstein by one of the machines his grandfather used.
Joseph Betts is a talented singer and actor. (Photo credit: Leo Jerome White)

James Bell as Igor might have stolen the show with his uproarious performance. Bell’s energy was infectious, and his comedic chops were nothing short of brilliant. Every moment he graced the stage, laughter filled the air.

Dr. Frankenstein and Igor
The performance of Together Again for the First Time by Dr. Frankenstein and Igor was so much fun. (Photo credit: Leo Jerome White)

Rebecca Jillings, as Elizabeth, Dr. Frankenstein’s fiancée, brought a perfect blend of elegance and humour to the production. Her impeccable comedic timing had us in stitches, and her envy-inducing outfits added an extra layer of charm.

Elizabeth and Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein at Norwich Playhouse
Elizabeth (left) with Frau Blucher (Photo credit: Leo Jerome White)

Emily Sidnell’s portrayal of Inga, the airheaded bombshell, was simply delightful. She embodied the character flawlessly, delivering laughs at every turn.

inga in Young Frankentstein
Inga was sweet and charming. (Photo credit: Leo Jerome White)

And let’s not forget Ben Woodward as The Monster, who expertly balanced the fine line between scary, lovable, and funny. His performance was a true highlight.

the monster in Young Frankenstein
Dr. Frankenstein created this Monster. (Photo credit: Leo Jerome White)

The songs in “Young Frankenstein” were catchy and full of energy. Each number added to the overall fun and vibrancy of the show, making it impossible to resist tapping your feet and humming along.

The sets, while not elaborate, cleverly transported us to different locations with ease. Special mention goes to the horse-drawn hayride to the castle, which was a charming and inventive scene that had me laughing.

Dr. Frankenstein and Inga on the hay ride
The hay ride was one of the funniest parts of the show. (Photo credit: Leo Jerome White)

Kudos to the Threshold Theatre Company for delivering a production that exceeded all expectations. The quality and talent showcased on that stage were akin to the best of the West End, yet accessible at a fraction of the cost. They truly proved that local actors can shine just as brightly as their professional counterparts.

In summary, “Young Frankenstein” at Norwich Playhouse is a laugh-out-loud experience that should not be missed. With its delightful cast, infectious humour, and West End-worthy quality, it’s a show that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Grab your tickets and get ready for an evening of non-stop hilarity with these remarkable local talents.

Young Frankenstein FAQs

When can you see Young Frankenstein at Norwich Playhouse?

It is on from 30 May to 3 June 2023.

How much are tickets for Young Frankenstein?

Tickets run from £18 – £20. You can book your tickets here.

How long is a performance of Young Frankenstein?

The show is about 2 hours 20 minutes including the interval.cast tap dancing in Young Frankenstein

Is Young Frankenstein suitable for young kids?

This show is more suitable for adults as there are a lot of sexual innuendos and references.

Is food and drink available at the Norwich Playhouse?

There is a full bar at the Norwich Playhouse and they also have some snacks (like chocolate bars).

How do you get to the Norwich Playhouse?

Norwich Playhouse is located on St. Georges Street right by the River Wensum. It’s about a 15-minute walk from the Norwich Train Station.

Where do you park for the Norwich Playhouse?

If you are driving to the Norwich Playhouse, the closest car parks are St. Andrews and Monastery Court.

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