Frankenstein: The Metal Opera at Space Theatre review

The Horror Hothouse

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It’s been a busy month for live theatre at the Hothouse with the London Horror Festival going hell for leather down at Camden Town’s Etcetera Theatre. Wednesday night took this roving (or should that be raving) reporter down into East London’s Isle of Dogs, where in the suitably Gothic surroundings of the Victorian Presbyterian Chapel that is the Space Theatre I eagerly awaited the performance of Frankenstein: The Metal Opera.

Inside the deconsecrated Presbyterian chapel the atmosphere was like a rock concert, with drums and microphones perched on the stage. Over the excited hubbub we could hear the howling of the Arctic winds, the creaking of the ship’s timbers, and the band (Richard Campbell on drums, Rhys Llewellyn on bass and Michael Pettit on guitar) took to the stage and rocked into the overture. Then we were on the ship trapped in the…

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