A MONSTEROUS tale will be brought to life on stage almost 200 hundred years after a renowned gothic novel was first published.

An adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein will be performed by the Bancroft Players at Hitchin’s Queen Mother Theatre later this month.

The story, printed anonymously in 1818, centres on brilliant and ambitious student Victor Frankenstein, who discovers the secret of creating life from the remains of the dead.

But elation at his triumph is replaced by horror when he sees his monstrous creation.

Abandoned by the one who made him, Frankenstein’s creature is left to a world that fears and rejects him, and soon his innocence turns to misery – and a murderous desire for revenge.

Every word in Patrick Sandford’s vigorous adaptation is lifted directly from Shelley’s classic novel, which is said to have emerged from a dream.

“It’s still one of the greatest horror stories of all time, and one that still grips readers today almost two hundred years after its first publication,” said Bancroft Players director Jon Brown.

“My aim is for this piece of theatre is to really connect with the audience. It will be visually stunning, shocking yet moving; and it’s not to be missed.”

Frankenstein runs at the theatre situated off Walsworth Road from Monday, February 25, to Saturday, March 2.

Nightly performances start at 7.45pm with tickets priced between £6 and £10.

To book call the box office on 01462 455166 or visit www.queenmothertheatre.org.uk