Victorian melodrama at Titchfield

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Victorian melodramas feature a limited number of characters, with features themes of murder and love, and that’s exactly what Titchfield Festival Theatre promise from its new production of Frankenstein.

First published by Mary Shelley in 1818, the novel was dramatised into a number of different versions.

Paul King, director of the production, says: ‘From the moment Frankenstein was published in 1818 the theatre world grabbed it with gusto and produced innumerable melodramas loosely based on Mary Shelley’s novel.

‘The Titchfield Festival Theatre’s version is firmly in that melodramatic tradition.’

The style of the stage play means that Frankenstein is the villain, and with the special effects the company has planned, Paul hopes one particular scene will be unforgettable.

He adds: ‘We’ve got lots of special effects for the creation of the monster. We’ve got an awful lot of lighting and sound. There’s a big scaffolding construction with lots of lights.’

The production runs from September 28 – October 8.

Tickets cost £7 to £9 from Titchfield Festival Theatre on (01329) 556156 or visit