About Metamorphosis

Lyric Hammersmith, London
Booking to 2 March 2024
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Franz Kafka’s shocking tale of cruelty and kindness re-imagined

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.

Metamorphosis runs from 1 February 2024 until 3 March 2024 at Lyric Hammersmith, London.

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Performance dates
Booking to 2 March 2024
Age restrictions
Running time
2 hours (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

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What's the story of 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.

Who is in the cast of Metamorphosis?

The cast features: Joe Layton (Young Wallander, Netflix; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Marvel) as Chief Clerk/Lodger, Felipe Pacheco (The Responder, BBC) as Gregor, Hannah Sinclair Robinson (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, UK and Ireland Tour; Rockets, Blue Lights, both National Theatre) as Grete, Troy Glasgow (A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic/ St Ann’s Warehouse NYC) as Mr Samsa and Louise Mai Newberry (Romeo and Juliet, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) as Mrs Samsa.

Who are the creative team of Metamorphosis?

Written by Franz Kafka; adapted by Lemn Sissay OBE.

Metamorphosis is directed by Scott Graham (Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly), designed by Jon Bauser, composed by Stefan Janik, with lighting design by Simisola Majekodunmi, video design by Ian William Galloway, sound design by Helen Skiera, and costume design by Becky Gunstone, the associate director is David Gilbert and casting director is Will Burton CDG.

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


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Important Notes

Content warnings:

Adult themes, some strong language and depictions of violence.

Venue Information

Lyric Hammersmith, King Street, London, W6 0QL
Nearest Tube or Train: Hammersmith (District, Piccadilly, Circle, Hammersmith & City)
Nearest Buses: 27, 110, 190, 218, 267, 306, H91, N9, N11, N266

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