It’s in 1816 that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus, an ambitious text, a master work from a young romantic feminist. At the heart of the short story, Baron Viktor Frankenstein bestows life on a strange creature in his laboratory. Made up of the flesh from dead bodies, “the monster” is rejected by his creator, frightened by so much ugliness.

Adapted many times in film and on stage, Frankenstein is a mainstay of popular culture. It’s a humanist work that deals with the themes of innocence, loneliness, love, injustice and the abuses of science and progress… Sublime material that Jan-Christoph Gockel and his long time colleague, puppeteer Michael Pietsch have made their own.

Presiding over the production is a six meter high puppet, a heterogeneous being composed of a multitude of objects either provided by the public or gleaned from the artists’ lives. Fragments of stories and souvenirs, all connected to the artists or the public.

Accompanied by Anton Berman’s live music on stage, the artistic team delivers a poetic Frankenstein, where the linguistic diversity (English, French and German) is the final touch on a work of great finesse.

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  • Language

    FR, EN, DE — Surtitles EN, FR

  • Duration


  • Venue

    Grande salle

  • Surrounding the show

    introduction 07.05.2019 - 19:45 (15')

  • Sound level

    category 2

  • See also...

    Grimm. Ein deutsches märchen



  • Monday
  • Tuesday
    introduction - 19:45
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday


  • Text and direction
    Jan-Christoph Gockel

    From the novel by
    « Frankenstein ; Or, The Modern Prometheus », Mary Shelley

    Julia Kurzweg

    Creator of puppets and puppeteer
    Michael Pietsch

    Costume design
    Emilie Jonet

    Sound design and musicians
    Anton Berman

    Light design
    Jean-Jacques Deneumoustier

    Cécile Michel

    Direction assistant
    Maxime Glaude

    Set design assistant
    Sarah Deppe, Julia Ippolito

    Dramaturgy assistant
    Irina Reinke

    Translation and surtitles
    Werkhuis sprl, Cécile Michel

    Léone François, Anton Berman, Alfredo Cañavate, Bruce Ellison, Gustav Koenigs, Gianni La Rocca, Michael Pietsch (alternating with Laurenz Leky)

    Lucas Hamblenne, Romain Gueudré, Pierre Ottinger

    Special thanks to
    Vincent Hennebicq

    Stage Manager
    Romain Gueudré

    Light operator
    Emily Brassier, Virgile Morel De Westgaver (intern)

    Sound operator
    Jeison Prado Rojas, Pawel Wnuczynski (intern)

  • Stage director and construction
    Stéphanie Denoiseux, Lucas Hamblenne, Pierre Ottinger

    Machines : conception and production
    Frédéric Opdebeeck, Didier Rodot

    Dominique Pierre, Yves Philippaerts, Pierre Jardon

    Eugènie Obolinski, Bruno Verlaet

    Sarah Deppe, Noémie Vanheste

    Costume design
    Nicole Moris, Nathalie Willems, Pauline Aschoff (intern)

    Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

    Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

    Set construction and costumes
    Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

    Théâtre de Namur, Tandem scène nationale, le Manège Maubeuge, La Coop asbl, Shelter Prod

    With the support of, ING & tax-shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge, Ambassade de la République fédérale d’Allemagne, Goethe-Institut

    The show includes excerpt from
    Frankenstein ou Le Prométhée moderne, préface de 1831 traduite de l’anglais par Patrick Drague, Collection folioplus classiques (n°145), 2008, © Editions Gallimard ;
    Ciment de Heiner Muller, traduction de l’allemand par Jean-Pierre Morel, Editions de Minuit, 1991

    With special thanks to those who participated in the collection and sharing of their objects and stories, thus contributing to the creation of the show.

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