Co-produced with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Curve, Mast Mayflower Studios and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre


A Frantic Assembly production


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.

…an intriguing theatrical fever dream

The Stage

…Frantic Assembly has been rewriting the rulebook for almost three decades

The Times

In their first commission since 2019, Frantic Assembly and Lemn Sissay OBE collaborate on this thrilling new adaptation 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.

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.

Education pack available on request.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



Tickets from £25
Students / U25s / Schools Tickets £20

Schools please contact our Box Office.

The following concessions apply on standard tickets:

  • Access

The following discounts apply on standard tickets:

  • Members

See More Save More - Multi-Buy Tickets

Prices include all applicable fees & levies.
Find out more about our concessions & discounts.


Venue: Main House

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

Show Times

Tue 21 - Sat 25 Nov

Tue - Sat Evenings, 7.30pm

Wed, Thu & Sat Matinees, 2.30pm 


Audio-description, with an accompanying touch tour pre-show at 6.30pm, is available for the performance on Fri 24 Nov.

To book accessible tickets and discuss your access requirements, please contact our Box Office. 
For more info on Accessibility, click here. 

Advisory Info

Ages 14+

Owing to adult themes, some strong language and depictions of violence, this show is not considered suitable for those aged under 14.  

Contains strobe lighting, flashing lights, haze, and loud noise/ music

Post-Show Talk

After the evening performance on Thu 23 Nov the cast will participate in a post show talk.