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A Monster Tale

Frankenstein returns to Craigdarroch Castle
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A one-man version of Frankenstein is set to haunt the dance hall at Craigdarroch Castle on four Saturday nights this October.

Actor Jason Stevens, known for his popular one-man production of Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic, A Christmas Carol, is set to bring back Mary Shelley’s horror story on October 9, with performances continuing on October 16, 23 and 30.

Frankenstein is based on a novel written by English author Mary Shelley (1797–1851), which tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a hideous creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.

Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition was published anonymously in London on January 1, 1818, when she was 20. Her name first appeared on the second edition, published in 1823.

“It’s one of those tales that surprises us with its emotional depth and cultural relevance,” said Stevens. “Underneath, it’s a love story and a story about abandonment and loneliness, but it’s also a story about social responsibility, which is a very relevant topic in our culture today.”

Jason Stevens is a classically trained actor from the prestigious Drama Centre London. Jason worked as an actor in London and New York for many years, and in Canada he has appeared in a number of film and television roles; he’s also performed with various theatre companies in Victoria and Vancouver.

The show begins at 6 pm, with doors opening at 5:45 pm, and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Audience size is limited to 45. On October 16, 23 and 30, a second show has been added at 8 pm, with doors opening at 7:45 pm.

Tickets are $30 ($25 for members) plus processing fee, and are available in advance only at: eventbrite.ca/o/craigdarroch-castle-30814643080, or by calling 250-592-5323.

Frankenstein takes place in the castle’s dance hall, located on the fourth floor (there are 87 steps and no elevator in the castle).

COVID-19 protocols are in place and masks are required when visiting Craigdarroch Castle. Vaccine Passports will be required to attend the performance.

For more information, visit thecastle.ca.