Frantic Assembly's Metamorphosis tour dates and venues

A man lifts a screaming man above his dead. A woman behind them looks on, shocked
Felipe Pacheco (Gregor), Joe Layton (Chief Clerk/Lodger) and Hannah Sinclair Robinson (Grete) in Frantic Assembly’s Metamorphosis. Credit: Tristram Kenton.

Frantic Assembly’s new stage adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis is hitting the road for a UK tour in 2023 and 2024 – here’s all you need to know.


Frantic Assembly is working with internationally celebrated poet, playwright and broadcaster Lemn Sissay OBE on the show, based on the classic novella.

Directed by Frantic’s Artistic Director Scott Graham (Othello, Lovesong, Beautiful Burnout) the new production will premiere at Theatre Royal Plymouth this September.

Kafka’s Metamorphosis has burnt itself deep into our psyche. It is absurd and horrific. It is tragic and heart breaking. Gregor Samsa finds himself transformed from bread winner into burden. It is a devastating portrayal of a man trapped and crushed under the heel of a system that no longer finds him useful.

Metamorphosis is an inherently visceral production. It is about the limitations of the body and the mind, of our imagination and aspiration. It has such a rich and intense physicality that extends far beyond one character’s sudden transformation. It aches with the desire to break free and the violence of its suppression. All of this, coupled with the fluidity and lyricism of Lemn Sissay’s adaptation and the uncompromising physicality of Frantic Assembly, promises an exciting and dynamic show.

Metamorphosis tour dates and venues

Book tickets Bristol Bristol Old Vic
10 January 2024 - 20 January 2024
Book tickets Coventry Belgrade Theatre
23 January 2024 - 27 January 2024
Book tickets London Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
1 February 2024 - 2 March 2024


Joe Layton will play the Chief Clerk/Lodger, Felipe Pacheco will play Gregor and Hannah Sinclair Robinson will play Grete.

They will be joined by Troy Glasgow as Father and Louise Mai Newberry who will play the role of Mother.

Metamorphosis will be adapted by Lemn Sissay, directed by Scott Graham, designed by Jon Bausor, with video design by Ian William Galloway, music composed by Stefan Janik and sound design by Helen Skiera. The associate director is David Gilbert, the casting director is Will Burton CDG and the producer is Kerry Whelan.

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