Paperback, 88 pages ISBN: 9781839042874Publication Date:
21 Sep 2023
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook, 88 pages ISBN: 9781788507257Publication Date:
21 Sep 2023
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
First Staged:
Frantic Assembly on UK tour, 2023

Metamorphosis (stage version)

By Franz Kafka Adapted by Lemn Sissay

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Gregor Samsa wakes up each morning, quietly leaves the house to take the same train, and works to pay off the family debt.

But that world explodes one morning, when Gregor awakes to find himself changed. To those around him he is dangerous, untouchable vermin. Worse than that, he is a burden.

Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka's shocking tale of cruelty and kindness, has been a literary landmark since it was first published in 1915. Lemn Sissay's thrilling stage adaptation is a visceral and vital depiction of humans struggling within a system that crushes them under its heel. It was commissioned and first produced in 2023 by Frantic Assembly, in a co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Curve, MAST Mayflower Studios and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, and was directed by Scott Graham.

Press Quotes

'An ingenious, nightmarish adaptation... Frantic Assembly has been rewriting the rulebook for almost three decades now; its rigorous physical exploration of emotion combined with edgy pulsing soundtracks has won an ardent following'

The Times

'Compelling... a brooding, expanded take on Kafka's immortal novella that likes to toy with our expectations'

Time Out

'Uncompromising, utterly captivating... combines the best of physical theatre with poetic language and stimulating storytelling... a sublime, intense theatrical experience'

Reviews Hub

'An urgent observation of a bloodsucking, broken system that renders people worthless if they cannot work'


'Poetically vivid and visually mesmerising'

Broadway World

'Deliciously eerie... makes the 1915 novella speak for today'

Culture Whisper
Paperback,88 pages ISBN: 9781839042874Publication Date:
21 Sep 2023
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook,88 pages ISBN: 9781788507257Publication Date:
21 Sep 2023
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

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