By Franz Kafka, adapted by Lemn Sissay


Artistic Director Scott Graham gives an insight into the creation of Frantic Assembly's Metamorphosis

One morning Gregor Samsa awakes to find himself changed. To those around him he is dangerous, untouchable vermin. Worse than that, he is a burden.

A word said, an action out of place, the opening of old wounds, none of which can be undone. Until now Gregor has woken every morning, quietly left to take the same train, and worked to pay off the family debt. But that world explodes on this morning of brutal metamorphosis.

In our first new commission since 2019, Frantic Assembly and Lemn Sissay OBE collaborate on this thrilling new version of Metamorphosis. Combining the fluidity and lyricism of Lemn Sissay’s adaptation and Frantic’s uncompromising physicality, this promises to be an unmissable retelling of Franz Kafka’s shocking tale of cruelty and kindness; a visceral and vital depiction of humans struggling within a system that crushes them under its heel.

Commissioned and Produced by Frantic Assembly, in a co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Curve, MAST Mayflower Studios and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.


Writer/Adaptor - Lemn Sissay

Director - Scott Graham

Designer - Jon Bausor

Lighting Designer - Simisola Majekodunmi

Video Designer - Ian William Galloway

Sound Designer - Helen Skiera

Costume Designer - Becky Gunstone

Composer - Stefan Janik

Associate Director - David Gilbert

Casting Director - Will Burton CDG

Production Managers - Hugh Borthwick / Matt Brewster

Associate Lighting Designer - Tom Lightbody

Production Sound Engineer - Mark Cunningham

Company Stage Manager - Kt Milne

Deputy Stage Manager - Hazel McDougall/ Verity Clayton

Assistant Stage Manager - Gracie Adlington

Press Consultant - Laura Myers at About Grace PR

Marketing Consultant - Natalie Yalden at Tandem Marketing

Animated Image

Photography - Perou

Design - Paul Readon

Music - Stefan Janik