Classic monster musical comedy Young Frankenstein has officially come alive in the West End!
The all-singing, all-dancing version of the much-loved movie, from legendary filmmaker and comedian Mel Brooks (The Producers) stars laugh out loud Geordie comedian, Ross Noble, as bug-eyed hunchback assistant, Igor, Birds of a Feather star and 2016 Strictly Come Dancing competitor, Lesley Joseph as strict housekeeper Frau Blucher, and West-End superstar Hadley Fraser as Dr Frederick Frankenstein.
But what did the critics and audiences think on press night? To save you all that clicking around, we’ve done the hard work and rounded up the reviews…
THE GUARDIAN: ★★★★★
Like The Producers, the show puts a bonfire under the accepted canons of good taste. But, as both composer and lyricist, Brooks offers a sophisticated pastiche of stock musical forms … It offers two-and-a-half hours of time-suspending pleasure and shows that the 91-year-old Brooks, present on the first night, remains a bawdily parodic Peter Pan.
THE TELEGRAPH: ★★★★
The fact is that Brooksy has pulled it off. You somehow get the best of both worlds. The script (book co-written by Thomas Meehan) fillets the original for many of its best gags, while the song-and-dance routines amplify the spirit of the beast without distorting it … Hadley Fraser’s madly beaming Frankenstein and Geordie comic Ross Noble as Igor, his hunchbacked sidekick, form a sensational, strenuously hard-working double-act.
It's Aliiiive! @youngfrankldn is a big, fat hit! Hilarious and fun! It's just a monster of a good time! 👍
— 𝐉𝐢𝐦 𝐆𝐥𝐚𝐮𝐛 (@jimglaub) October 10, 2017
EVENING STANDARD: ★★★★
Mel Brooks’s adaptation of his own cult film is slimmed down and packed full of zany silliness for its West End premiere … There are darts of wit in unexpected places, as well as a bawdy delight in some truly awful double-entendres. Even if there’s a tendency to milk good jokes dry, it’s hard not to succumb to the infectious daftness of this escapist crowd-pleaser.
— Paul Phear (@PaulPhear) October 10, 2017
THE TIMES: ★★★★
Oh this new production of Mel Brooks’s musical about everyone’s favourite mad scientist is a hoot … It’s tremendously old-fashioned, the stage so crowded with double (make that triple) entendres that I’m surprised there was room for the cast … Oh, the horror, the horror! You will laugh.
— Nathan Matthews (@nathanmatthews) October 10, 2017
Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein is at the Garrick Theatre, and booking until 10th February 2018 with tickets available HERE.
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